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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Northwest University
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29 August 2022
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Mark and Huldah Buntain College of Nursing at Northwest University graduates scholarly professional nurses who practice from a uniquely Christian worldview and are dedicated to helping all human beings in pursuit of holistic health. Upon successful completion of the four-year pre-nursing courses and nursing curriculum requirements, students are prepared to sit for the national licensure examination leading to the Registered Nurse (RN) status in the State of Washington. This licensure allows graduates to practice professional nursing in health care systems across Washington State and seek reciprocal licensure in all states and territories of the United States of America or any nation in the world.

See the Mark and Huldah Buntain College of Nursing under the Academic Programs section of this catalog for a complete program description.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses

Nursing Major Requirements:

  • Promoting the Health of Populations
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Integration of Faith, Service, and Nursing
  • Health Assessment, Pathology, and Nursing Interventions
  • Adult and Gerontologic Health
  • Bio-Psychosocial Nursing
  • Global and Intercultural Health Care
  • Health Care Systems, Care Management, & Nursing Leadership
  • Therapeutic Nursing Interventions I
  • Therapeutic Nursing Interventions II
  • Issues of Graduate Nursing Practice
  • Issues of Quality Improvement, Health Care Finances & Strategic Planning
  • Health of the Childbearing Family
  • Health of the Childrearing Family
  • Nursing Across the Health Continuum and Lifespan
  • Communities & Diverse Populations As Clients
  • Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Research: Methods & Applications
  • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family: Therapeutic Interventions
  • Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family: Therapeutic Interventions
  • Community/Population-Focused Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Practice As Ministry
  • Nursing Capstone

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Award: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The graduates of the Mark and Huldah Buntain College of Nursing at Northwest University effectively:

  1. Integrate Christian faith into professional nursing practice to serve individuals, families, and populations.
  2. Plan compassionate and culturally sensitive care with the guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Apply clinical judgement to deliver safe person-centered care across the lifespan and health-illness continuum.
  4. Utilize patient care technologies and informatic processes to deliver quality, safe, and effective nursing care.
  5. Integrate evidence-based practice and scholarly inquiry into clinical decisions for quality patient care.
  6. Practice leadership behaviors, ethical decision making, and communication skills in collaboration with interprofessional teams.
  7. Articulate problems in complex healthcare systems to contribute to a culture of safety.
  8. Examine solutions for population health within the frameworks of health promotion, policy, and health systems.
  9. Create a professional identity inclusive of personal well-being, professional growth, and career-long learning.

Career paths

Students who pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam & Registered Nurse have many career options. They are also well-prepared to enter graduate school and obtain additional certifications related to their clinical specialty areas. Careers often include:

  • Maternity, Neonatal, and Pediatric Nursing
  • Medical and Surgical Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Community or Public Health
  • Missionary/Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Work
  • Teaching and Health Education
  • Nursing Research
  • Health Policy
  • Leadership

The primary purpose of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is to prepare students for entry-level nursing practice positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools, home health care services, and community health centers as registered nurses.

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
United States of America

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