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 (ADN or 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.
- Associate Degree Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- LPN to RN options
- Graduate Testimonials
- Course Descriptions
- Technical Standards for admission to the program
- Nursing Facilities
- Legal qualifications for licensure
- 2016 Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Online Hesston College Nursing Application please complete both the full-time application for admission and the nursing application
Nursing Reference Form (PDF)
Faculty and Staff
Marilyn Unruh Flaming, academic assistant