Best Christian Nursing Schools

There are many faith-based colleges and universities that have good nursing programs. Take an in-depth look at five of the best nursing programs located throughout the country.

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U.S. News & World Report provides rankings for colleges and universities based on geographic regions. The five schools highlighted here received good rankings for the 2018 report.

Christian Nursing Schools Comparison

Nursing programs at these schools offer traditional bachelor's degrees, as well as transfer program opportunities. Student enrollments range from under 2,000 to almost 10,000.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination Tuition and Fees (2017-18)*
Wheaton College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Wheaton, IL Non-denominational $35,190
Waynesburg University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Waynesburg, PA Presbyterian $24,010
MidAmerica Nazarene University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Olathe, KS Church of the Nazarene $29,670
Asuza Pacific University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Azusa, CA Non-denominational $37,506
Union University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Jackson, TN Southern Baptist $31,510

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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Overview of Schools

All the schools below provide nursing students with the opportunity to earn their degree while enhancing their faith. Each school has unique worship activities, with some schools requiring that students earn chapel credits.

Wheaton College

Wheaton College was ranked 63rd in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. Nursing students have two options for earning their degree at Wheaton. They can complete a bachelor's degree in any field then complete a graduate nursing degree. The second option is to complete a dual-degree in liberal arts nursing in conjunction with another accredited college. In Fall 2017, Wheaton had a student enrollment of 2,900, according to NCES. The college offers worship services three times a week, as well as a memorial chapel that is always available to students. The college also offers a pre-health professions club for nursing students.

Waynesburg University

Students at Waynesburg University can earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The university also offers a Licensed Practical Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Waynesburg students can attend weekly chapel services or Bible study groups. They also have the opportunity to lead worship groups if interested. The university was ranked 97th in the Regional Universities North group in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The NCES listed a student enrollment of 1,736 in 2017.

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Ranked 75th in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report category of Regional Universities Midwest, this university had 1,888 students attending in 2017, as per the NCES. Nursing students at MidAmerica will have their clinical experiences during their junior and senior years. The university requires that students attend chapel services to earn spiritual formation credits.

Asuza Pacific University

Students can earn certificates through doctoral degrees at Azusa Pacific University. The NCES provides a 2017 student enrollment of 9,926 for the university. Azusa was ranked 187th in the National Universities group by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. The university offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as an upper-division transfer program. Azusa holds 220 chapel services per year and provides students with the opportunity to serve on mission trips.

Union University

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Union University 176th in the National Universities category. Nursing students at Union can complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. For the Fall 2017 semester, Union reported 3,377 students, as listed on the NCES. The university offers various worship activities designed to enhance students' biblical literacy and encourage community service.

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