There is no shortage of Christian colleges that offer nursing degree programs. These schools provide students with plenty of hands-on learning in the field of nursing as well as opportunities to grow spiritually. Here we discuss a small sampling of the Christian colleges that offer undergraduate and graduate-level nursing programs.
Private, Christian colleges and universities with nursing degree programs are available across the country. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|Colorado Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Lakewood, CO||$30,370|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Chestnut Hill, MA||$53,346|
|Pacific Lutheran University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Tacoma, WA||$40,722|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Christian Colleges with Nursing Degrees
Many Christian colleges offer bachelor's, master's and/or doctoral degree programs in nursing that give students practical learning experience. These schools vary in size and the ways they help students grow spiritually. Learn more about some of these schools and their programs.
Union University in Tennessee had around 2,180 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. At the undergraduate level, the university offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to BSN program, a Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN program and an accelerated adult BSN program. Graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The School of Nursing boasts a 100% job placement rate for BSN students, and students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and gain hands-on experience through short-term mission trips. Students on campus can grow spiritually through chapel services, Life Groups, outreach opportunities and Men's and Women's Cooperatives.
Pennsylvania's Messiah College offers BSN, RN to MSN, MSN nurse educator and DNP family nurse practitioner degree programs. Students can also pursue a post-graduate nursing education certificate. Nursing students receive hands-on training through simulation labs and clinicals and are able to participate in nursing organizations on campus, like the National Student Nurses Association of PA, Nurses Christian Fellowship and the Lambda Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (international nursing honor society). Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, worship services, small groups and Bible studies in addition to a wide range of local, national and global service opportunities. In 2017, the college had around 2,760 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Colorado Christian University
Students at Colorado Christian University can invest in their spiritual lives through weekly chapel services, mission trips, Bible studies, mentoring, small groups, prayer ministries and a variety of outreach ministries, such as working with inner-city youth or the homeless. As of 2017, the university had close to 6,540 undergraduate students, according to the NCES. Students interested in nursing can pursue a RN to BSN completion program, a pre-licensure BSN option or an MSN. The RN to BSN and MSN programs are available online, while the pre-licensure BSN program offers a blended format with some online coursework.
Boston College in Massachusetts had around 9,920 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The school's Connell School of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's, Ph.D. and DNP degree programs in nursing as well as continuing education opportunities, like certificate programs and conferences. Students receive hands-on learning experience in labs and exams rooms, and the Connell School of Nursing was 31st among U.S. News & World Report's rankings of nursing graduate schools. Students at the college can grow spiritually through Mass, pastoral counseling, spiritual retreats, service immersions and spiritual groups, including Christian Life Community (CLC) and Agape Latte (religious discussion).
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University in Washington offers LPN to BSN, traditional BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs as well as a unique MSN/MBA dual degree program. Nursing students participate in a variety of clinical experiences through the school's relationships with over 100 health care agencies in the area. They may also participate in Delta Iota Chi, the university's nursing student organization. The university helps students deepen their faith through chapel services, pastoral care and spiritual organizations, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. According to the NCES, the university had close to 2,770 undergraduate students in 2017.