Nursing

Hesston College nursing student at Newton Medical Center

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 four-year BSN (RN) and LPN to RN (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.
  • 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.

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Program information

Hesston College BSN pinNursing Mission Statement

The mission of the Hesston College nursing program is to serve the current and future health care needs of clients, families and communities by facilitating within students the development of clinical judgment and a passion to serve others through a holistic, comprehensive approach to client-centered care.

Nursing personnel

Hesston College faculty members provide instruction in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, and also serve as academic advisors. Maintaining a culture of caring and respect and nurturing positive relationships with students is central to the achievement of the Hesston College mission.

Accreditation

Hesston College has been approved to offer a baccalaureate nursing program through The Higher Learning Commission. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hesston College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Nursing Department news

A journey disrupted, not derailed

A journey disrupted, not derailed

Hesston College class of 2020 nursing students were just getting ready to enter the final eight-week stretch to earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and prepping to become licensed registered nurses when the world was thrown into a global pandemic with many layers of uncertainty. As the Hesston College community ended face-to-face interaction […]
Nursing program to benefit transfer students from Sterling College

Nursing program to benefit transfer students from Sterling College

Hesston College has signed an articulation agreement with another Kansas college, Sterling College, that guarantees admission and seamless transition for qualified Sterling students into Hesston’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The agreement is effective immediately “We are excited to partner with Hesston College, and specifically its nursing program, to provide our Sterling students with […]
Campus bike share program addresses transportation and physical activity needs

Campus bike share program addresses transportation and physical activity needs

As the spring weather turns more mild, Hesston College students start spending more time outdoors in activities both on campus and off. A new bike share program, implemented by a team of student nurses in the college’s nursing program, was launched just in time for the change in weather and will allow members of the […]
First CNA course in Hesston creates new opportunities for community partners

First CNA course in Hesston creates new opportunities for community partners

This spring, the school week looks a little different for 10 Hesston High students who are taking a Certified Nursing Assistant class (CNA) through Hesston College in a new partnership between the college and the high school. It was easy for the neighboring institutions to recognize the other as a natural partnership opportunity. The high […]
Community-focused nursing gives students insight into issues affecting society and health

Community-focused nursing gives students insight into issues affecting society and health

Most of the time, hands-on experiences for nursing students mean spending time in the different units of hospitals learning how to treat patients who are ill or recovering from a variety of ailments and procedures. For Hesston College nursing students, hands-on experiences also break out of the confines of a medical facility and into the […]
Discovering Hesston, discovering opportunity

Discovering Hesston, discovering opportunity

Nursing was always the profession Chloe McNiel knew she would choose. In fact, the call to the medical field was in her blood with a family of doctors, radiologists, dermatologists and nurses. But coming to Hesston College was a path McNiel paved on her own. “The idea my parents raised me in was to try […]
Students to gain new insights into healthy relationships through workshop opportunity

Students to gain new insights into healthy relationships through workshop opportunity

College- and high school-age students are invited to learn about creating and maintaining healthy relationships at a free event hosted by Hesston College and Bethel College. “The Relationship Workshop: How to Have a Healthy Relationship in the Modern World” will be presented by Dr. Joanne Davila, Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. […]
Bachelor of science in nursing program receives accreditation

Bachelor of science in nursing program receives accreditation

Hesston College’s nursing program has made another step forward by receiving accreditation for the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Hesston College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), www.ccneaccreditation.org. The accreditation comes following an on-campus visit by the CCNE in September 2016, and […]
Capital campaign to enhance nursing and athletics

Capital campaign to enhance nursing and athletics

Hesston College is entering the public phase of a $6 million capital campaign to address facility needs in the nursing and athletic programs. The campaign opened in the summer of 2016, and administrators and development officers have been working for the past year to secure lead gifts. To date, $2.4 million in formal pledges has […]
Leaving a legacy

Leaving a legacy

Bonnie Sowers, Hesston College’s departing Director of Nursing Education, listens to a tribute at a reception celebrating her more than 40 years of service to Hesston Nursing on May 9. Sowers will step down from the director role after 37 years on June 30. About 300 colleagues, former students and friends came out to celebrate […]
Bartell to serve as Director of Nursing Education

Bartell to serve as Director of Nursing Education

Hesston College has announced that Becky Bartell, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E., has been named Director of Nursing Education and the successor to longtime director, Bonnie Sowers, who has served in the role for 37 years and will step down on June 30. Bartell will assume the role July 1 while Sowers will transition to a teaching […]
Conversations on health care

Conversations on health care

Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn (R) (Sedgwick) spoke to the Hesston College Nursing Healthcare Systems class on Friday, April 21, about the recent work of the Kansas State Legislature and how to lobby representatives. Much of the conversation focused on expansions being discussed for mental health care and Medicaid. Senator McGinn has represented the 31st district […]
Beloved Director of Nursing to step down following academic year

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

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

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 NursingSchoolsAlmanc.com’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, […]