Mishaun Pfannenstiel and Gregg Schroeder

Hesston nursing student Mishaun Pfannenstiel resuscitates the college's simulator baby in the nursing skills lab with instructor Gregg Schroeder.

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 98.5% 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.


2014 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Program information


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 purpose 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 firstAssociate Degree graduates of the Hesston College nursing program. Over time, more than 1300 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.

Accreditation history

Hesston College was the first Associate Degree program in Kansas to achieve accreditation from the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1970. Since that time, the program has maintained continuous accreditation by the NLN Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The program is also approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Both of these agencies set forth standards and expectations to ensure the quality of classroom and clinical education that Hesston College nursing students receive.

Nursing Department news

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hesston College welcomes new faculty and staff

Hesston College announces the following faculty and staff appointments for the 2010-11 school year. New faculty appointments include: Jason Barrett-Fox, English and writing. He earned a bachelor’s in English from […]

Graduates challenged to go forth with love and unity

Hesston College’s 139 graduates of the class of 2011 were encouraged during a May 8 commencement ceremony to go into the world with a spirit of love and unity. Regina […]

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 […]

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 […]



State Board Licensing Information

Kansas State Board of Nursing

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