To become a licensed registered nurse, a person must graduate from an accredited registered nursing program and successfully pass the National Council License Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Our dual-degree program, offered in collaboration with Rhodes State College, prepares students to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination upon completion of foundational nursing coursework through Rhodes State. 

Following successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, students enter into the advanced nursing coursework at Bluffton which prepares them for graduation with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).

The BSN coursework provides knowledge and skills in important areas such as public and community health, healthcare policy and disease prevention, and leadership and management. Students gain knowledge related to the use of information technology, which is an important part of the current healthcare system.

The BSN degree also provides the opportunity for students to develop leadership skills that prepare nurses to collaborate professionally with physicians and other members of the healthcare team. Many healthcare settings now place a high priority on hiring BSN-prepared Registered Nurses making it the nursing degree of choice.

Throughout all components of this innovative nursing program, students have the opportunity to reinforce the content and skills learned in the classroom and clinical lab simulations through instructor-guided, clinical nursing sessions in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program distinctives

  • Clinical fieldwork all four years
  • Mission-driven curriculum
  • Advisers dedicated to student success and personal mentorship
  • Additional pre-professional opportunities through the Bluffton University Student Nurses Organization

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Admission requirements for the Bluffton University nursing program:

  • Admission to Bluffton University.
  • Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum 23 ACT/ 1130 SAT Score (scores may be super score)
  • High school chemistry and biology courses with a B or better or college equivalent course with C or better.
  • STNA Certificate – suggest completion the summer following high school graduation.
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support Professional Level Certificate through American Heart Association or Red Cross.
  • Successful completion of the National League for Nursing RN Pre-Admission exam.

Consideration will be given:

  • To students with an ACT composite score of 22 (or super score) in conjunction with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better, and who meet the high school chemistry and biology requirements.
  • Select students not meeting the above ACT criteria may be granted the option to enter the first year nursing curriculum in a pre-nursing status based on individual academic review by the Nursing Program Admissions committee.  Students may also be offered entry into pre-nursing status as a 5-year option based on the student’s previous academic history. Students granted either pre-nursing option must pass all first year nursing core courses with a C or better and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first year (first and second year if on a 5 year plan). Students granted pre-nursing status must also meet all other outlined requirements for admission to Bluffton University.

Through Bluffton’s nursing program, you will complete RN degree requirements through dual enrollment at Rhodes State College, which will prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam, you will complete advanced nursing course requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing degree at Bluffton.

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Complete the nursing major in four years by following this guideline for course selection beginning fall 2019 and after.

During the semesters when students are taking courses at Rhodes State College, Bluffton institutional aid will be prorated to reflect credit hours at Bluffton (1/12 per credit hour up to full time.) 

General tuition and room and board increases will be added each year. Additional fees for nursing students will be applied in the second and third years. As a reminder, institutional financial aid does not cover books, uniforms or clinical and lab fees.

Students are encouraged to meet with financial aid staff in the spring of their first year to review billing and how scholarships are applied. for the remainder of the nursing program.

At Bluffton you will find:

  • Outstanding liberal arts and advanced nursing education coupled with top quality technical nursing education in a dual-degree nursing program in collaboration with Rhodes State College
  • Clinical fieldwork experiences in a variety of community health care settings
  • Small liberal arts, Christian school in which to study for and obtain a BSN registered nursing degree
  • Each student has an advisor dedicated to his/her success who will provide personal mentorship to guide the student through a rigorous academic program
  • Strong cross-cultural program to prepare students to work in a variety of settings
  • Mission-driven curriculum which prepares students to live out their values in their personal and work lives, their communities and the world
  • Opportunities to participate fully in campus life and athletics

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