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.

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 1,600 nurses have graduated from the Hesston College ADN program, embodying the tradition of Christian service through their commitment to quality, holistic care. The 50th and final ADN class completed the program in spring of 2017. The associate degree in nursing program was continuously accredited from 1970-2017 by the National League for Nursing (NLN), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and the Accreditation Commission for Accreditation in Nursing (ACEN).
  • 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). The first class graduated in May 2017.

Is the BSN program accredited?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hesston College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Hesston’s BSN nursing program is also approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

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 participate in active, engaging classroom sessions on campus in the new Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center. Each semester, they also spend time in the campus nursing skills lab learning and practicing clinical procedures. Students then integrate theory and skills in the simulation laboratory on campus where they provide nursing care for simulated patients in a wide variety of clinical scenarios. These simulated experiences build the knowledge, skill and confidence that enable students to implement safe, holistic care to real-life patients in the clinical setting. Students go to a variety of healthcare facilities for clinical experience, including community hospitals, large urban medical centers, and population-based settings located within 30 miles of campus.

What employment choices will I have after graduation?
You will have options in many settings: small community hospitals and large urban medical centers, clinics, specialty care centers, home health, public health, dialysis, schools, industry and community settings. Hesston BSN graduates will have opportunities to work with clients needing preventative, medical, surgical, critical/complex, mental health, maternal, pediatric, rehabilitation and long-term care. BSN-prepared nurses are also taking active roles in management, leadership, quality, safety, and informatics. Hesston College graduates have an excellent employment record with local health care agencies. In recent years, 100% of our graduates have secured RN jobs upon graduation.

Are graduates satisfied with their Hesston College nursing education?
According to our end of program survey,

  • Our 2017 BSN graduates rated their overall satisfaction with the nursing program as 4.75 on a 5.0 scale, with 5.0 = “Very Satisfied”
  • 100% of our 2017 BSN graduates said that they would choose the Hesston College nursing program again
  • 100% of our 2017 BSN graduates said that they will recommend Hesston College Nursing to others

Read graduate testimonials


Hesston College nursing 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.


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 (

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