To fulfill your dream of becoming a registered nurse, choose Hesston College's Associate Degree Nursing Program. Here you will be able to follow one of several paths that will help you reach your destination in the nursing field. 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?

Founded in 1909, Hesston College began the Associate Degree nursing program in 1966. More than 1,500 individuals have graduated from our nursing program.

Is the program 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.

What do I need to have in order to get into Hesston’s two-year 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. Visit the nursing program for details of the nursing admissions policy.

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 can an associate degree in nursing do for me?

In only two years you can be ready for your RN licensure exam and equipped to work as a registered nurse.

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, long-term care facilities and others. You may also choose to continue your education toward a bachelor’s or master’s 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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