The Hesston College BSN program, which started in fall 2015 and graduated its first class in May 2017, builds on the 50-year Hesston College history of Associate Degree nursing and continues to embody the program’s motto – “A Tradition of Service; A Commitment to Care.”
Unique aspects of the Nursing programAs 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 1,600 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. The baccalaureate degree in nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), effective from September 28, 2016 through June 30, 2022.