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.
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 patients. A thread of holistic nursing care runs throughout the curriculum, upholding the program’s mission. The mission of the Hesston College nursing program is to serve the current and future health care needs of patients, families and communities by facilitating within students the development of clinical judgment and a passion to serve others through a holistic, comprehensive approach to patient-centered care.
Each nursing course examines aspects of faith, ethics and caring as students consider their nursing role and the needs of patients. 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 patients along with technical nursing interventions.
A History of Excellence
- 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).