Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares the baccalaureate nurse as a generalist, equipped to care for individuals, families, communities and populations across the lifespan at any point on the wellness-illness continuum and across the spectrum of health care environments. Acceptance to the BSN program can be obtained through a prenursing guarantee for students entering Hesston College as a freshman or sophomore or through direct admission as a transfer student into the nursing program.

Pre-Nursing Admission Criteria:
To be admitted to the Hesston College Pre-Nursing track and be eligible for the Pre-Nursing Guarantee, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic Standards: High School GPA of 3.25 OR Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours OR Appropriate Test Score (ACT composite score of 19, SAT score of 1000 or ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Score of 255 in Reading & 255 in Writing – only one ACCUPLACER retake allowed); and
  • Other eligibility requirements include technical standards, social character and legal standards.

International applicants must also meet also meet one of the following:

  • Earn a score of 525 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 195 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 5.5 on the IELTS; OR
  • Have English as the native language; OR
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States.

Pre-Nursing Progression Standards:
Qualified prenursing students enrolled at Hesston College are granted a guarantee of admission into the nursing program provided they meet progression standards:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College each semester;
  • Complete 50 credit hours of the 60 required hours of the liberal education/support courses for the BSN prior to entering nursing coursework (the 10 remaining hours may only include the humanities requirement, Biblical Literature and elective hours);
  • Achieve grades of C or above in all required liberal education/support courses and a cumulative 2.5 GPA in required Hesston College courses;
  • Meet the program’s technical standards and legal standards for RN licensure and have demonstrated positive social character.
  • If international, a minimum iBT score of 19 in Reading and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Writing by March 1. International applicants whose native language is English, or who have earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States, do not need to present evidence of English language proficiency.

Transfer Student Admission Criteria: (must meet each qualifier prior to junior year)

  • Complete a minimum of 45 (of 60) hours of required liberal education and support courses by March 1.
  • Have an academic plan to complete all prerequisite courses and 50 credit hours of required liberal education and support courses (all but three courses) prior to entering nursing coursework. The remaining three courses may only include the humanities requirement, Biblical Literature and electives.
  • Have grades of C or better in all required liberal education and support courses and an overall GPA of 2.50 in required courses based on a minimum of 45 college credits.
  • Have an ACT composite score of 19; OR SAT score of 1000; OR ACCUPLACER Next-Gen score of 255 in Reading and in Writing.
  • If International, a minimum iBT score of 19 in Reading and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Writing by March 1. International applicants whose native language is English, or who have earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States, do not need to present evidence of English language proficiency.

Priority will be given to current Hesston College students in the prenursing track who meet the BSN program progression standards.

LPN to BSN Admission Criteria:
To be admitted to the Hesston College LPN to BSN program students must meet the following criteria:

  • All Transfer Student Admission Criteria (previous);
  • Evidence of current LPN licensure; and
  • GPA of 2.75 in practical nursing education program.

RN to BSN Admission Criteria:
To be admitted to the Hesston College RN to BSN program students must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program that holds specialized nursing accreditation;
  • Evidence of a current unemcumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States;
  • A minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in required courses; and
  • Satisfactory completion of 50 credit hours of the required liberal education and support courses.

BSN Admission with an Existing Bachelor’s Degree Criteria:
A student who already has a bachelor’s degree and is admitted meeting the transfer student admission criteria will be considered to have all general education courses met as long as the following have been taken:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5)
  • Microbiology (4)
  • Introductory Chemistry (4)
  • Pathophysiology (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Principles of Nutrition (3)
  • Elementary Statistics (3)

These courses must be taken prior to starting the nursing program.


General Requirements

Total credits: 121 hours including 60 hours of general education, support and elective courses and 61 (minimum) nursing hours.

Grade point average: 2.00 or better in Hesston College courses. Grades of C or better in all courses.

Residency: 32 of final 61 hours must be earned at Hesston College.

Skills Courses (15 hours)

Written Communication (6 hours) – Engl 125 College Writing I and Engl 135 College Writing II or Engl 225 Advanced Critical Research and Argument.

Oral Communication (3) – Comm 125 Interpersonal Communication or Comm 206 Speech Communication.

Mathematics (6) – MaSc 105 College Algebra (or higher) and MaSc 210 Elementary Statistics.

Knowledge Courses (31 hours)

Social Science (9 hours) – Psy 200 General Psychology, Psy 206 Developmental Psychology and Soc 203 Introduction to Sociology or Soc 207 Sociology of Families.

Humanities (3) – One course from the following: Engl 112 Studies in Literature, Engl 212 World Literature, Engl 215 Introduction to Film, Engl 217 Literature of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, Hist 221/222 U.S. History I/II, Hist 251/252 History of World Civilization I/II, Mus 203 Music Appreciation, Span 102 Elementary Spanish II, Span 201 Intermediate Spanish I, ThAr 103 The Art of Theatre.

Natural Science (16) – BiSc 205 Anatomy and Physiology, BiSc 206 Microbiology, BiSc 215 Pathophysiology and Chem 101 Introductory Chemistry (or higher).

Responsibility Courses (4 hours)

IDS 101 First-Year Seminar and Nutr 210 Principles of Nutrition

Faith Course (3 hours)

Relg 100 Biblical Literature

Integration Course (3 hours)

Nurs 490 Integration Seminar (does not count toward required 60 hours of general education, support and elective courses).

Elective Courses

(to bring total general education, support and elective hours to 60). Elective hours must include one 3 credit-hour course from one of the following categories: Social Sciences, Humanities, Responsibility or Integration Source Courses (see full list on Associate of Arts degree).

Nursing Courses (61 hours minimum)

Nurs 300 Nursing Foundations I, Nurs 301 Holistic Assessment, Nurs 302 Foundations II & Maternal/Child Nursing, Nurs 306 Nursing Theories and Professional Practice, Nurs 308 Healthcare Ethics, Nurs 312 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Finance, Nurs 316 Evidence-Based Practice, Nurs 331 Clinical Pharmacology I, Nurs 400 Acute Care Nursing I, Nurs 402 Acute Care Nursing II, Nurs 406 Healthcare Informatics, Quality and Safety, Nurs 408 Nursing Management and Leadership, Nurs 410 Population-Based Nursing, Nurs 431 Clinical Pharmacology II and Nurs 490 Integration Seminar.

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