Nursing program

Applying to the program

Every year, new students who meet the academic qualifications (high school GPA of at least 3.30 and ACT of at least 20) and submit a nursing program deposit may begin taking pre-nursing courses. After completing prerequisite courses as freshmen, candidates apply to the BSN program during the spring of their freshman year. All qualified applicants are guaranteed placement in Northwestern’s nursing program, which can be completed in 4 years, even by students who participate in co-curriculars like athletics, music or theatre.


Northwestern’s nursing curriculum includes a recommended freshman-year seminar that helps prospective nursing students explore their health care calling. A senior capstone seminar enables soon-to-be nurses to explore how they will infuse their lives and nursing career with shalom—promoting health and wholeness.

In addition, NWC’s nursing program:

  • Prepares nurses to integrate their faith with their profession
  • Incorporates the liberal arts and service-learning so nursing is taught not just as a human science, but also as a performing art and healing ministry
  • Emphasizes informatics, evidence-based nursing practice, social justice and cross-cultural mission-based care


More than 700 hours of clinical experience including:

  • Diverse clinical experiences in a variety of rural hospitals, medical centers and community-based health settings
  • A pediatric seminar offered during the senior year and pediatric content integrated throughout your nursing clinical experiences
  • A required cross-cultural, medical mission experience in an off-campus U.S. or international location chosen by the student; opportunities include a summer study course in Tanzania or mission trips arranged through campus ministry