Nursing programs are offered at a number of Christian colleges in North Carolina. The following schools provide undergraduate and graduate degrees or certificates in nursing for students looking to enter this field or advance their careers.
You can find Christian colleges offering nursing programs throughout the state of North Carolina. The table below looks at the undergraduate tuition costs for the 2017-2018 school year and the locations of some of these schools.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Pfeiffer University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Misenheimer, NC||$29,574|
|Queens University of Charlotte||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Charlotte, NC||$33,532|
|Gardner-Webb University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Boiling Springs, NC||$30,700|
|Barton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Wilson, NC||$29,998|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Christian Nursing Schools in North Carolina
Nursing programs include a ton of hands-on practice and experience with real patients. Most nursing schools have simulation centers, and seniors can expect to take an internship to help transition them into a real-world nursing setting. These schools all offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs.
Students seeking a nursing program at a Christian college can look at Duke University. U.S. News & World Report named Duke the ninth best university in the country for 2018. At the Duke University School of Nursing, students can earn degrees from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing up through the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Some of the courses that students take in the accelerated bachelor's degree program include maternal nursing, pharmacology, public health nursing, gerontological nursing, and complex nursing care. As for the Duke spiritual side, every year the school sets up a retreat for over 100 students in addition to providing Masses on campus. There are small prayer and Bible study groups, as well as a guest lecture series that relates the church to curricular topics.
Along with a fully online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Pfeiffer University offers an on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for students just beginning their education. Students receive plenty of hands-on experience through a senior internship with a medical center or office. Students can also take courses in therapeutic communication, health assessment, pharmacology, and human anatomy. Every Wednesday, Pfeiffer has a worship service in addition to a prayer service that lasts 30 minutes.
Queens University of Charlotte
The Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte offers two program levels in nursing: a bachelor's and a master's degree. Students get practice through the Hunt Nursing Simulation Center, which has high tech dummies and medical equipment, as well as through clinical experiences with local health care providers. The BSN degree program prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). The online MSN program has three different areas of focus: nurse educator, clinical nurse leader, and nurse administration. Each spring, students at Queens University can travel to Guatemala for a 10-day immersion trip. Prior to the intercultural trip, students take a course to familiarize themselves with the area and prepare themselves for service. Students can take part in chapel services or join one of the events the campus ministry department puts on.
At Gardner-Webb University, students sometimes plan 24-7 prayer campaigns. They also conduct weekly, student-led worship services. In F.O.C.U.S. ministries, students gather together each weekend to ready themselves for Sunday's service, grow closer with God, and help the community. Each weekend includes a different topic or theme. Students in the Hunt School of Nursing can pursue degrees from the associate's level all the way through the doctoral level and even complete post-graduate certificate programs in an area of specialization. Nursing students in the bachelor's degree program can expect a lot of training time, with at least 63 credits required in nursing classes.
U.S. News & World Report named Barton College the eight best regional college in the South for 2018. While students can anticipate a good education, spiritual life on campus is also strong. Students can join any of the nine religious-based clubs on campus. One of them, Disciples on Campus, offers worship, prayer, and service opportunities in addition to monthly home cooked meals. Students pursuing the nursing bachelor's degree take courses in microbiology, health maintenance, health promotion, physiology, and transition to professional practice. Students are invited to join the Barton College Association of Nursing Students (BCANS), a nursing club that provides support and guidance for nursing students. Barton also has a Master of Science in Nursing program.