The Hesston College nursing program has earned a trusted reputation in preparing graduates for the Registered Nurse (RN) role. Of our nursing graduates to date, more than 98% have passed the national licensure exam and are now registered nurses. Hesston College graduates are valued employees in a variety of settings and RN roles in Kansas, throughout the United States, and internationally.
- Graduate Testimonials
- Curriculum Sequences
- Two-Year Curriculum Sequence
- Prenursing Program Tracks – 2.5 year, 3 year, General Studies General Studies is for those who wish to enroll in the nursing program but don’t meet the requirements.
- One-year Curriculum Sequence – LPN to RN
- B.S.N. Curriculum Sequence
- Four-Year B.S.N. Transfer Track
- Course Descriptions
- Admission policies
Online Hesston College Nursing Application please complete both the full-time application for admission and the nursing application
Nursing Reference Form (PDF)
Unique aspects of the Nursing program
As part of a church-affiliated campus community, students are encouraged to explore their personal values and faith perspective to understand how this can enhance nursing care of clients. A thread of holistic nursing care runs throughout the curriculum, upholding the program’s mission to prepare nursing graduates “who view nursing as a service and are equipped to deliver direct, quality client care through nurturing the body, mind and spirit.”
Each nursing course examines aspects of faith, ethics and caring as students consider their nursing role and the needs of clients. In the Biblical Literature course required of all students, Bible and Nursing faculty members combine their academic areas to help students integrate concepts from the Biblical narrative with real-life nursing experiences. Their goal is to empower students to bring hope and love to clients along with technical nursing interventions.
The Hesston College nursing program enrolled its first class of students in the fall of 1966. Two years later in May of 1968, 18 students became the first Associate Degree graduates of the Hesston College nursing program. Over time, more than 1500 individuals have graduated from the program and launched careers in nursing. These graduates include traditional-aged, dorming students from all over the United States and world, as well as commuting students from the local region who come to Hesston College for a first-time college experience or to retool for a new career.
Hesston’s nursing program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. In 1970 it was the state’s first Associate Degree nursing program to be accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN). The most recent accreditation site visit occurred in March of 2010, followed by the NLNAC’s decision to grant the maximum accreditation period (8 years).
Effective May, 2013, the NLNAC changed its name and is now the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Hesston College Nursing’s accreditation continues under ACEN.
Faculty and Staff
Marilyn Unruh Flaming, academic assistant