Through professional faculty, a challenging clinical program and a biblical approach to the nursing profession, BJU’s nursing program will equip you to serve the Lord as a skilled, confident and compassionate nurse.
Our cumulative NCLEX pass rate since 2007 is above 94%, and our graduates typically outperform national and South Carolina pass rates.
As a nursing student at BJU, you’ll gain a solid academic foundation through intensive courses such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology and Microbiology (to name just a few). You’ll also gain important hands-on experience through a patient simulator lab with adult, maternal, child and newborn simulators, providing as life-like an experience as possible, complete with breath sounds and vital signs.
Before graduating, you’ll complete six semesters of clinical experience (most RN programs feature only four semesters of clinicals). Practicum, a capstone experience during your senior year, will solidify your nursing skills and judgment, as well as give you opportunities for development of leadership and management skills.
To ensure your success, you’ll have
- a Kaplan Integrated testing program, which includes multiple standardized tests during the junior and senior years to monitor student progress and identify students who need extra remediation to help them succeed, and
- a full-year NCLEX-RN review course, including a live review course at the end of the senior year.
You’ll also benefit from the BJU Core, a unique combination of Bible and liberal arts courses taken by every BJU student. Bible courses, as well as daily chapel services and godly professors, will nurture your growth in Christlikeness. Liberal arts courses will broaden your horizons and equip you with skills essential both for nursing and for all of life—skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, effective communication, ethical decision making, adaptability and much more.
The nursing program is highly specialized, leaving little room for elective classes. However, nursing faculty members do encourage nursing students to take extra counseling, ministry or Bible classes as they are able, in order to further prepare themselves for serving the Lord.
Wakako Minamoto Eklund, ’91
Neonatal nurse practitioner
BJU requirements and standards for excellence trained me to be the kind of nurse who expects myself to demonstrate the highest level of conduct in every situation possible.
Initially after graduation, I worked in adult critical care, then did travel assignments, served short term on a mission field, worked as a neonatal nurse in NICU at quite a few different places and more. I received a master’s degree (MSN) from Vanderbilt in neonatal nurse practitioner specialty in 2002. Now, I am pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree at Northeastern University in Boston.
Nursing has provided me opportunities to connect with Japanese people in the community in every city I lived since graduation (this really began while I was a student). When Japanese residents ran into medical crisis, I was often asked to help them locate specialists and asked to serve as an interpreter. I even taught medical English classes for corporate wives, or helped with international transfer of care from the U.S. to Japan, or Japan to the U.S. Some such encounters provided lifelong friendships and also provided opportunities for personal demonstration of compassion through faith.
BJU requirements and standards for excellence trained me to be the kind of nurse who expects myself to demonstrate the highest level of conduct in every situation possible, whether it is within the safe walls of modern hospitals with electricity and running water, or in a small town completely devastated by the tsunami in Japan with no water or electricity. The landscape of nursing has changed immensely in the years that I have been a nurse. The work ethic that BJU required definitely prepared me well to face the challenges and remain abreast of the changes.
Becky Snavely, ’14
I could have attended a technical school in town, but I chose to receive training from a program that also incorporates biblical principles.
I knew [BJU’s] program produced well-prepared nurses and emphasized healthcare and the role of a medical professional from a biblical perspective.
We have many hands-on labs and practice procedures that we must pass before we can give actual patient care. The pre-clinical paperwork requires me to familiarize myself with the pertinent procedures, medications and nursing care that my patient will need. All of this background work is done before going to the hospital so that I will be better prepared to give competent patient care.
The amount of study and paperwork required can honestly be overwhelming. There is nothing easy about it. However, I know [that] in the future there will be nothing easy about working as a nurse in the field either. So for both circumstances, I must trust the Lord for strength and wisdom. The intensity of the nursing program has pushed me to give all my anxieties, fears and inadequacies to the Lord. If He has called me to this profession, then I know I can trust Him to see me through this preparation phase.
Alexandra Hanson, ’15
The Bob Jones University nursing program is not easy. It challenges its students to become excellent nurses for the glory of God.
I had never even considered nursing through my elementary or high school years. But, as college drew closer, the more nursing and the idea of helping physically and spiritually sick people intrigued me. I plunged in, nervous and unsure of what was to come; however, God has proved Himself faithful, time and time again. A large part of His help has come directly through the Bob Jones University nursing faculty. I am continually amazed at their commitment to and love for all of us nursing students. Many times a nursing instructor has taken time to personally encourage me both in nursing and spiritually.
The Bob Jones University nursing program is not easy. It challenges its students to become excellent nurses for the glory of God. And it is clear to me that what maintains its excellence and Christ-centeredness is God’s intervention and the pertinent care and attention the instructors give to their students. I am so thankful that God has brought me into nursing, and nursing at Bob Jones University.
The nursing major at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- Public and private hospitals
- Doctors’ offices
- Missionary service
- Nursing homes
- Health departments
- Rehabilitation centers
- School nurse
- Public health nursing
- Large teaching hospitals
- Other community services
- Nursing fields
- Acute Care
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Emergency Department
- Long-term Care
- Medical Missions
- Medical Surgical ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- Neuro-trauma ICU
- OB Clinical Nurse Education
- Operating room
- Wound Clinic
Our nursing graduates have been accepted into graduate schools including:
- Binghamton University
- Carson-Newman College
- Clemson University
- Columbia University
- Emory University
- Gardner-Webb University
- Grand Canyon University
- IUPUI (Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis)
- Kaplan University
- Medical University of South Carolina
- Midwestern University
- Richard Stockton College
- Rush University
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- University of Illinois
- University of Phoenix
- University of South Carolina — Columbia
- Valparaiso University
- Vanderbilt University
Our graduates are currently working in a variety of nursing specialties, including:
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with Pediatrix Medical Group of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.
- Clinical Nurse Educator, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, S.C.
- Staff Nurse/Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.
- Missionary Nurse (Family Nurse Practitioner), Gospel Fellowship Association, Papua New Guinea
- Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse/Case Manager, Peninsula Wound and Hyperbaric Center, Salisbury, Md.
SimMan Patient Simulator
Several high-fidelity patient simulators—adult, maternal, child and newborn—are used in conjunction with a computer program to simulate the symptoms and reactions of an actual patient. The SimMan is manufactured by Laerdal Medical and is designed to aid in the teaching of skills pertaining to airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management.
3-year Clinical Program
An essential part of your education as a nurse is three years of clinical courses, including a full semester of critical care courses and a 6-week practicum. That means that throughout your program you’ll be working at local Greenville hospitals, such as Greenville Hospital System, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
University Nursing Association
The University Nursing Association is a student organization that gives all students in the nursing program a chance to build relationships with each other, encourages them as they face the challenges of their program and the nursing profession in general, and provides nursing services to the community as well. Functions of the UNA include organizing community outreach projects, student development opportunities, and fundraising projects.
Nurses Pinning Ceremony
For nursing students, the pinning ceremony is the capstone of years of hard work and diligent preparation—and the commencement of a life of ministry through their chosen profession. Surrounded by family and friends, the new nursing graduates receive a pin in the shape of a cross and a Florence Nightingale lamp, and recite a pledge to serve God and others through nursing.
Holly Helm, senior
I went to Chad, Africa, with Dr. Joy Hart from Baptist Mid-Missions over summer of 2012 for a month. I learned SO much, assisted the African midwives in many baby deliveries, went on home visits to AIDS patients, and got to be in the OR at the hospital there. The biggest thing to see was that the AIDS patients didn’t even have $2 a month for their medicine, so they would stop taking it and just get worse and worse; I saw patients who were so weak they couldn’t even move and they looked like a skeleton. It was very hard to see but also gave me such a burden for those around the world.
Megan Gibson, sophomore
Medical Missions Outreach — Arequipa, Peru — Summer 2013
We were able to treat almost 3,000 patients, and 909 made professions of faith. It was an amazing experience, and the Lord taught me so much through it. One thing that really stood out to me was the role the medical field can play in the Great Commission. Each morning, hours before the clinic opened, people would race down the gravel pathway to get in line. Several traveled from hours away, took time off work and kept their children out of school for the day so they could come to the clinic. Many of these people probably would not have attended a normal church service, but because they had a medical need, they were willing to come to a Christian clinic.
After treating their medical need, we had the opportunity to share with them their spiritual need, a need for a Savior. The Lord showed me that the talents and interests He gives us are the tools He has provided us to share the Gospel. As I continue my nursing education, I now have a much greater goal in mind. No longer am I just preparing for a career, but I am preparing for my role in sharing the Gospel. This coming summer I have the opportunity to serve on another trip with Medical Missions Outreach to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I am excited to see how the Lord will work there.
Claire Gamache, junior
Medical Missions Outreach — Peru — Summer 2013
We set up a 4-day clinic with the goal of establishing contacts with the local people for missionary David Gardener to get in touch with after we left. Each person who came through was given the Gospel. Many came to Christ, and hopefully, through the contact information they gave, they were followed up with and plugged into one of the 35 church plants there.
I realized just how broad the field of nursing is. You also have a lot more freedom in the medical field (depending on the place you go) compared to here in the states. I also learned what a tool nursing can be when you go into it with the right mindset. Yes, we went to Peru ready to help [meet] people’s physical needs, but what we really wanted to do was help them spiritually. Most people came to get physical help, but by the grace of God, many left the clinic having been healed by the Great Physician. This trip really opened up my understanding to the responsibility that I have to share the Good News of Jesus Christ [with] all the world. Whether that is here in the U.S. or out abroad somewhere, I do not know. But I do know that I don’t have to wait. It starts now.
Division of Nursing and Health Science
With advanced degrees in nursing as well as years of experience in a wide variety of fields—labor & delivery, geriatrics, medical-surgical intensive care, medical missions, community health and more—the nursing faculty at BJU know the demands and difficulties of nursing. And they’re committed to preparing you to face any situation.
They are also passionate about serving Christ through nursing—and about transmitting that passion to you. Through their examples, you’ll be inspired to view nursing as not just a career, but also a God-given ministry and calling.
Courses & Objectives
Sample Course Outline
First Year +
Second Year +
Third Year +
Fourth Year +
- Nurse in Christian Service
- Nursing Process: Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
- Nursing Process: Psychiatric Nursing
- Bible Elective (300/400-level) (2 credits)
- English Lit or Writing Elective (3 credits)
- NCLEX Review
Each student will:
- Implement patient-centered care that integrates knowledge of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical management, nursing management and evidence-based practice across the lifespan and in all healthcare settings.
- Apply clinical reasoning and judgment to make decisions and solve problems in the healthcare field, utilizing appropriate biblical and ethical principles.
- Utilize interpersonal communication skills in order to establish and maintain therapeutic and collaborative relationships in the healthcare setting.
- Assume accountability for personal and professional behavior.
- Implement patient-centered nursing care that reflects a biblical worldview.