Connection after connection, the students, faculty, and staff of Bethel College become a community. Individuals connect their faith with learning. Science with scripture. Revelation with research. Competition with compassion. At Bethel College, we are the ground for Spirited Connections.
Bethel At A Glance
About Bethel: Founded in 1947, Bethel is an evangelical Christian college of the arts and sciences affiliated with the Missionary Church.
Students: 1,650 students; more than 25 denominational affiliations; 22% multicultural; 34 states and 11 countries represented
Faculty: 82% of full-time tenured faculty hold a terminal degree in their field. They consider their primary role to be teachers and mentors to Bethel students.
Class size: The average class has 16 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 12:1.
Student organizations: More than 30 active student organizations provide ample opportunities to get involved.
Financial aid: More than 97% of students receive financial assistance. Merit awards of up to $16,000 per year are available for traditional undergraduate students. Awards are based on talent and ability through academics, art, athletics, music, and theatre.
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission, Indiana Division of Professional Standards, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and National Association of Schools of Music
Health and Medicine Areas of Study
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The program consists of 66 hours of course work, which includes 37 hours of nursing courses and 29 hours of general studies courses.May be completed in two years for full-time students.
The LPN to ADN option is designed for LPNs who wish to complete their ADN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
A four-year program, including general education and nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components.
RN - BSN Completion Program
Registered nurses may choose a 20-month plan or an accelerated 12-month option in either an online or hybrid format. The hybrid format offers both in-person class nights one or two evenings a week and online class weeks. Our program has been ranked seventh in the nation on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs for 2017,” according to a list compiled by Accredited Schools Online.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the experienced nurse for roles in nursing education or nursing administration. The MSN is the foundation for doctoral education in nursing.
Students with biology training are equipped to work in public health, natural resources, pharmaceutical industries, environmental testing and management, clinical laboratories, animal care and research, and more. Our program prepares students to continue their education in a master’s, doctoral, or professional program.
A Chemistry degree provides strong preparation for immediate careers in industry, government and education. Most chemistry majors continue in graduate or professional programs. Employment opportunities could include regulatory affairs, forensic science, environmental compliance, personal care products, medicinal chemistry, and more.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Students receive training in genetics, biochemistry, cellular biology, and molecular biology techniques. This training prepares students for employment in fields such as clinical or pharmaceutical labs, the food industry, biotechnology, toxicology, forensics, community health, and more. This degree usually includes the completion of a minor in Chemistry.
This degree will prepare and equip students to be leaders. Various tracks are offered with this degree, including a Pre-medicine option with clinical field experience or the option to double major in a field of interest such as Business, Ministry, etc. A minimum of six weeks of international or intercultural field experience is required and extended internships are available to gain skills and a competitive edge for employment or graduate school entrance. There are a variety of employment options to consider, as International Health majors are highly sought by government agencies and nonprofit groups. Bethel also offers a cooperative 4+1 Masters in Public Health program with Indiana Wesleyan University.
This degree prepares students to become certified in science content areas and meet the Indiana Department of Education teacher certification requirements. Graduates are prepared to work at the secondary level and will be equipped to work in labs, governmental positions, and more.
Get prepared for advanced training with our Pre-professional classes. Courses will equip you to go into medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, and work as a physician’s assistant. Most medical schools require one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, and sometimes calculus. Bethel students have a 92% acceptance rate into medical school.
Going to college is about much more than earning a degree. We want you to become completely connected: to understand, with depth and insight, the world and your place in it. Bethel offers the resources you need to get connected and succeed.
Engaged in mind and heart
A Christian college of the arts and sciences, Bethel teaches the skills you will use throughout your lifetime: effective communication, resourceful problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking.
This solid preparation means that students enjoy success as they pursue their careers or graduate school. With more than 50 areas of study, you will discover your passion and calling and put it to use in the real world.
Our Nursing program
Your Bethel Nursing degree will prepare you for one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. Bethel’s School of Nursing is highly respected; includes caring, qualified, and experienced faculty; and, above all, is Christ-centered.
Nursing Program Highlights
• BSN majors begin clinicals one year earlier than most programs.
• NCLEX-RN pass rates exceed national and state standards.
• 100% job placement
• 100% employer satisfaction
Real world, real service
Bethel-educated nurses Anita Thiessen ’09 and Elizabeth LeFeber ’10 have a shared passion and calling. Both felt led to serve in Africa early in their lives. Both pursued nursing as a career at Bethel College. And in 2016, both volunteered to work on the Africa Mercy, a 78-bed floating surgical hospital docked in Madagascar, at the same time. The hospital ship provides free and lifesaving surgeries for people without access to medical care. It’s all part of Mercy Ships, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Lindale, Texas, dedicated to bringing health and healing to the poor. Read more about their full story at BethelCollege.edu/Nursing.
New Nursing wing
Construction was completed in August on a $1 million nursing simulation lab, which includes high-fidelity simulation mannequins (or Human Patient Simulators). “This high fidelity simulation training will only improve the already exceptional care that our graduates provide,” says Deborah Gillum, PhD, dean of Bethel’s School of Nursing. “It will allow faculty to supplement student learning by providing advanced, hands-on clinical experiences in a safe learning environment with mannequins that can react as patients would. Students will be able to perfect clinical skills and exhibit critical thinking in a learning environment that allows them to master these skills in a realistic but safe clinical situation.”
Biology and Chemistry programs
Every student in our Biology and Chemistry department has the opportunity to do research. At Bethel, faith and science are integrated and all labs are taught by professors. Our programs are balanced and allow time for other activities, like sports, music, or theatre.
• 92% acceptance rate to medical school, more than twice the national average
• 100% pass rate on Indiana teacher licensure exams
• 100% employment rate
• 15% of private colleges in the midwest have a cadaver lab; Bethel is one of them.
Kyle Busse ’17—Completed an international internship (a hallmark of Bethel’s International Health program) with Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia. There, he worked on a local initiative for the education, treatment, and prevention of diabetes. He is currently studying Global Health Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.
David Smith, MD ’81—“Bethel was not an influence but the influence on my life.” Smith is in the top 1% of specialists in pediatric surgery. He has two patents on growing heart cells and is the first Science major graduate from Bethel to pursue an MD.
Our students have learned about the human body in our cadaver teaching lab, participated in electrofishing on the St. Joseph River, provided health screenings in Indonesia, and studied at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Faculty are currently mentoring students in the exploration of interactive genes in fruit flies, identification of chemicals able to kill intestinal worm parasites, and the observation of fresh water aquatic communities.
Scholarships and awards
Upon admission, Bethel students are automatically considered for a merit award of up to $16,000 per year. Each year, 97% of Bethel students receive some form of financial assistance. To estimate your merit award and how much financial aid you might qualify for, use our Net Price Calculator at BethelCollege.edu/NetPriceCalculator.
• Merit awards based on GPA and test scores range from $4,000–$16,000 per year.
• Bethel matches church scholarships dollar for dollar up to $1,000 per year.
• The Billy Kirk Leadership Award is for ethnic minority students and offers $6,000–$8,000 per year.
• Talent awards are available for students interested in varsity athletics, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Amounts vary.
• Outside awards and scholarships are also available.
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We look forward to connecting with you!