To fulfill your dream of becoming a registered nurse, choose Hesston College. Here you will be able to follow one of several paths that will help you reach your destination in the nursing field. Nursing options at Hesston College include two-year ADN (RN), four-year BSN (RN), LPN to RN (BSN) and RN to BSN. Along the way the nursing instructors, other professors at the college, and hospital health care professionals will guide you.

  • Compare what Hesston College has to offer. As a private liberal arts college, the Hesston program provides opportunities for spiritual, cultural, athletic, and interpersonal growth. Students complete a wide range of general education courses along with nursing classes for a well-rounded educational experience. Instructors are concerned about your education and work with you on a one-to-one basis to maximize your learning.
  • Visit the campus. Hesston College offers a caring campus community in a small town that is quiet and conducive to study. For commuting students, we are conveniently located near Newton, Hutchinson, McPherson, and Wichita. Dorm students express high satisfaction with the quality of campus life and friendships.
  • Fill out the application form. When we receive your application, we can determine options for scholarships and other forms of financial aid.
  • Plan your education. Talk with your admissions counselor who will schedule a time for you to meet with nursing staff to develop an individualized plan of study for your education. Two or three-year plans are most common to prepare you for RN licensure.
  • Start classes. Hesston’s courses provide you with more than basic instruction. You will discover that theory and practice come together to prepare you for direct client care in acute and extended care facilities.
  • Take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for RNs. This exam, taken after your graduation, is a milestone in your nursing career. More than 98 percent of the Hesston graduates have passed this licensure exam and are now registered nurses.
  • Become a registered nurse. When you get that first job as an RN, you will be glad that you chose Hesston College’s nursing program for a solid foundation on which to build your career.

Answers to your Questions

How long has Hesston College been educating nurses?

  • Pre-nursing was introduced to the Hesston College curriculum in 1945, and until 1967, nursing students completed their first year of pre-nursing at Hesston College and then transferred to LaJunta, Colo., (1945 to 1957) or to Kansas City General Hospital (1956 to 1967) for nursing courses and clinical experience.
  • In 1966, the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN) was initiated at Hesston, and the first nursing class graduated in 1968. To date, more than 1,500 nurses have graduated from the Hesston College ADN program, embodying the tradition of Christian service through their commitment to quality, holistic care.
  • In the fall 2015, in response to the health care demands for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, Hesston launched a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN).

Are the ADN and BSN programs accredited?

  • 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.
  • The BSN program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Hesston College is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

What do I need to have in order to get into Hesston’s Nursing program?
Applicants are required to meet minimum testing (ACT, SAT or ASSET) and GPA requirements, provide transcripts of high school and college coursework, submit references and complete prerequisite courses designed to give a solid foundation for nursing.

Where will I practice nursing skills?
Students have classes on campus in Lemons Center. The facilities include a campus skills lab, a nursing simulation lab, auditorium classroom, student lounge and lockers and faculty offices and reception area. For clinicals, students go to 13 local health care agencies, including community hospitals and large, urban medical centers within 30 miles of campus.

What employment choices will I have after graduation?
You will have options in many settings: medical-surgical units, operating room, maternity, pediatrics, critical care, clinics, home health, long-term care facilities and others. You may also choose to continue your education toward an advanced degree in nursing. Our graduates have an excellent employment record with local health care agencies. The current job market for RNs is wide open with a great shortage projected into the next decade.


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Nursing Department news

Beloved Director of Nursing to step down following academic year

After 37 years as director of the Hesston College Nursing program, Bonnie Sowers announced that she will step down from the role on June 30. In addition to her years as director, Sowers has served in other roles within the nursing program for a total of about 45 years of the program’s 50-year history. “It […]

First RN to BSN class marks a new start in college’s history

Aside from the start of spring semester classes for all students, Wednesday, January 11, 2017, marked a historic day at Hesston College as 27 students gathered in Lemons Center 1 as the first group of nurses in the college’s new RN to BSN program. “We as faculty and staff are very excited about officially launching […]

Nursing program ranked #11 in the country

The Hesston College Nursing program has been named one of the country’s top nursing schools, coming in at number 11, among vocational, career and community colleges in the’s inaugural rankings. The ranking places Hesston College Nursing in the top one percent of more than 3,200 schools considered, 1,900 of which fall into the vocational, […]

RN to BSN program to launch in January 2017

Starting in January 2017, Hesston College will launch an RN to BSN program for registered nurses looking to complete a bachelor’s level degree. For almost 50 years Hesston College has educated nurses in an associate degree program where academic success is nurtured in a supportive, student-centered environment. Throughout the program’s history, more than 98 percent […]

2009 Hesston College Nursing graduate named KHA Healthcare Worker of the Year

Hesston College 2009 Nursing Graduate Lisa Harrelson, RN, a critical care nurse at Wesley Medical Center, was recently named a Kansas Hospital Association’s (KHA) Healthcare Worker of the Year. The Health Care Worker of the Year Award recognizes and honors the excellence of health care workers statewide. Annually, each participating KHA member hospital nominates one […]

Nursing program receives approval for bachelor’s degree program

Hesston College received approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) March 25, to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program (BSN) starting with the 2015-16 year. The introduction of the program to the existing associate degree program (ADN) will make Hesston the only college or university in Kansas where students may choose […]

Graduates encouraged to carry values through life

Graduates of Hesston College’s Class of 2014 were encouraged to take Hesston College values with them as they go everywhere during Commencement exercises May 11. Commencement speakers Joyce Huber, nursing faculty, and Marelby Mosquera, natural science faculty, spoke on “Passport For Your Dream: From Here to Everywhere,” highlighting the values of Christian community, diverse cultures, […]

Nursing alumni to be featured at A Hesston College Homecoming

Hesston College will host Homecoming 2013: A View From Everywhere with an emphasis on nursing and holistic health Sept. 26 to 29. All alumni and friends are invited to the weekend celebration. Registration for all weekend activities is $10 per adult until Sept. 2, and $15 per adult starting Sept. 3. The weekend will feature […]

Hesston College and the University of Kansas sign nursing agreement

Kansas nurses now can advance their careers at home, thanks to an innovative agreement between 18 Kansas two-year colleges, including Hesston College, and the University of Kansas School of Nursing. The agreement allows nurses with an associates degree in nursing from a participating college to easily transition to receive their bachelor of science in nursing […]

Nursing students experience cross-cultural clinicals

Providing medical care in a building with unpredictable electricity, observing cataract surgeries performed by the light of a flashlight and with local anesthesia, caring for patients while dealing with language barriers, making friends and bridging cultural gaps – that’s how a group of Hesston College nursing students spent their spring break. Rural India is not […]

Experiencing everywhere

Rachel Neufeld has hiked in the Andes Mountains, lived in a London flat, traveled around Europe, paddled hollowed-out canoes into remote villages in Papua New Guinea and enjoyed the beaches of Australia. She’s tried ethnic foods and experienced cultures and histories all around the globe. Hearing about all of her adventures, one might wonder how […]

Pfannenstiel making the grade

Sleepless night, my mind is racing. Alarm clock rings at 4:30 a.m. One hour to shower, change into scrubs and report to Newton Medical Center. Today is going to be a big one. First priority is the surgery unit at NMC for a clinical rotation. A quick lunch break at 11 a.m., then back to […]

Nursing program receives re-approval

The nursing program at Hesston College was formally granted re-approval by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) at a Dec. 13 and 14 meeting in Topeka. The Board’s recommendation came from a two day visit to the Hesston campus in late September. After visiting with nursing faculty and assessing the program’s facilities, curriculum and […]


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