Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Restoring Health. Providing Hope.

Being a nurse takes a special kind of person—one with compassion, courage, and patience. As a nurse, you'll be interacting with people who are struggling physically and emotionally; you won't just be healing hurts, you'll be healing hearts. And Northwest University is uniquely positioned to give you the academic training and spiritual foundation you need to face those challenges. NU's School of Nursing blends scientific, clinical, and holistic health studies—enhanced by cross-cultural study abroad experiences—to give students a global perspective on engaging with human need.

Why Nursing at NU?

  • Learn in small classes that enable one-on-one interaction with faculty members who have extensive teaching and clinical experience.
  • Benefit from a program that prepares you for licensure as a registered nurse and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. In 2016, 97.7% of our students passed the NCLEX on their first try—well above the national average of 87%.
  • Integrate your faith with your learning to prepare for effective work and ministry in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Gain immersive clinical experience through a one-month study abroad trip during your senior year.
  • Study in NU's state-of-the-art Health and Sciences Center, featuring laboratories stocked with quality equipment to aid in interactive learning and research.
  • Earn a degree that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Internship Opportunities

  • International study abroad opportunities in locations such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, and Mexico.
  • Clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, or other community organizations.

Common Career Paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in nursing can open up for you include:

  • Maternity, Neonatal, and Pediatric Nursing
  • Medical and Surgical Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Community or International Health
  • Missionary Nursing
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Work
  • Teaching and Health Education
  • Nursing Research
  • Health Public Policy

Word from the School of Nursing

Dr. Carl Christensen

Dr. Carl Christensen

Dean and Professor

"Nursing school is rigorous. The rest of the story is that at Northwest University, there is phenomenal support on this intensive academic journey. Faculty, staff, and fellow students work collaboratively to help you succeed. A nursing education at Northwest is like a team sport. In faculty-guided student groups, you will excel in skills ranging from caring for patients and screening school children for health problems to conducting research, drafting health legislation, and more.

Nursing is a ministry and a calling. Nurses continually acquire knowledge and skills to minister to people in physical and emotional pain. God calls individuals for this demanding course of study and career of service. In the midst of arduous studies and exhausting patient care experiences, Northwest University nursing students are introduced to the exhilarating reward of God's guidance and strength."

Nursing Viewbook

Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • BIBL 1103: Old Testament History and Literature (3)
  • BIBL 1203: New Testament History and Literature (3)
  • THEO 1213: Christian Thought (3)
  • THEO 2323: Jesus the Messiah (3)

Written and Verbal Communications

  • ENGL 1013: Composition I: Expository Writing (3)
  • ENGL 1023: Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing (3)
  • COMM 1213: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)

Social Science

  • PSYC 1013: General Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 2563: Lifespan Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 3423: Cultural Anthropology (3)

Science and Mathematics

  • MATH 2003: Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • SCIE 1203/1: Survey of Chemistry I (4)
  • SCIE 1213/1: Survey of Chemistry II (4)
  • SCIE 2203/1: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • SCIE 2213/1: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • SCIE 2452: Genetics and Society (2)
  • SCIE 2613: Diet and Nutrition (3)
  • SCIE 3104: Microbiology (4)

Formation and Calling

  • UCOR 1043: Faith In Society (3)
  • UCOR 1052: Identity and Vocation (2)
  • UCOR 4791: Faith Integration (1)
    • Content covered in NURS 3321 and NURS 4963

Major Requirements

  • NURS 3102: Promoting the Health of Populations (2)
  • NURS 3202: Social Issues in Health and Nursing (2)
  • NURS 3321: Integration of Faith, Service, and Nursing (1)
  • NURS 3346: Health Assessment, Pathology, and Nursing Interventions (6)
  • NURS 3355: Adult and Gerontologic Health (5)
  • NURS 3362: Bio-Psychosocial Nursing (2)
  • NURS 3372: Global and Intercultural Health Care (2)
  • NURS 3432: Health Care Systems, Care Management, and Nursing Leadership (2)
  • NURS 3946: Therapeutic Nursing Interventions I (6)
  • NURS 3956: Therapeutic Nursing Interventions II (6)
  • NURS 4102: Issues of Graduate Nursing Practice (2)
  • NURS 4303: Issues of Quality Improvement, Health Care Finances & Strategic Planning (3)
  • NURS 4322: Health of the Childbearing Family (2)
  • NURS 4352: Pediatric Nursing (2)
  • NURS 4442: Nursing Across the Health Contiuum and Lifespan (2)
  • NURS 4452: Communities and Diverse Populations as Clients (2)
  • NURS 4552: Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing (2)
  • NURS 4562: Nursing Research: Methods and Applications (2)
  • NURS 4921: Maternity Nursing: Therapeutic Interventions (1)
  • NURS 4932: Pediatric Nursing: Therapeutic Interventions (2)
  • NURS 4953: Community/Population-Focused Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 4963: Nursing Practice as Ministry (3)
  • NURS 4973: Focused Senior Nursing Practice (3)

Course Listings

A complete list of courses can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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