Pursue your life calling with a degree in Nursing

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing offers courses in such topics as

  • Pharmacology
  • Maternal/Newborn Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Leadership & Management

Within this career-focused major, you'll prepare for an exciting future of lifelong learning and professional growth. Our four-year program, with a Christ-centered approach and a global point of view, prepares nurses to practice in all healthcare settings.

Through advanced courses in subjects relating to complex illnesses and scientific research, students develop skills in communication, critical thinking and leadership.

For nurses who are already practicing professionals, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to become a worldchanger and alter the tapestry of your life by completing our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-licensure (RNBSN) degree program or our Parish Nursing Certificate.

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The IWU Experience

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing offers students a wide variety of career options, including graduate school. IWU offers integrated educational experiences that combine the presentation of current medical knowledge with practical hands-on learning. Whether they begin the program as incoming freshmen or practicing professionals, all our students graduate fully prepared for service in settings ranging from clinics and hospitals to the mission field.

Led by its own Vice President of Academic Affairs, the IWU School of Nursing consists of three divisions: the Division of Pre-licensure Nursing, the Division of Post-licensure Nursing and the Division of Graduate Nursing. More than 200 full-time, affiliate and adjunct faculty members assist with coursework for our 2,000+ full-time students on the residential campus, at various education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.

How You’ll Learn

The IWU BSN program incorporates both coursework and clinical practice into the curriculum. In addition to general education requirements, courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and others are accompanied by hands-on learning through simulations in our state-of-the-art Fortune Simulation lab.

What You’ll Do

Multiple clinical sites enhance variety and exposure to different settings. Our student nurses learn how to holistically understand patient conditions and situations through an intentional focus on cultural, psychological, developmental and spiritual as well as physical assessments. In addition to local health agencies, students benefit from transcultural nursing experiences throughout the world.

After completing the degree program, students apply for a nursing license from the state board of nursing and sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Our Nursing graduates exceed the NCLEX national pass rate, and have for the past five years.

Where You’ll Go

Students earning a degree from Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing will soon discover that IWU opens many doors for career experiences of all kinds. We have, for example, wonderful global relationships with La Gonave Wesleyan Hospital in La Gonave, Haiti; Zimba Mission Hospital in Zambia, Africa; and Shenyang Medical College in Shenyang, China. Our School or Nursing students can also visit Bulgaria, Jamaica, Kenya, Belize and Ecuador to experience and engage withg new cultures.


Learning from Leaders

At IWU, you’ll learn from experienced leaders. Many faculty members have a terminal degree (DNP, PhD), and several are working toward doctoral degrees. Many volunteer at local health clinics, work as parish nurses in local churches, teach Sunday school or hold other church-related leadership positions.

Faculty members make themselves available. Many make use of social media, such as Twitter, to help students stay in touch. They have been identified as having the personal strengths required of gifted teachers:

  • In tune with the emotions of others
  • Sees the untapped potential in others
  • Constant drive for accomplishing tasks
  • Seeks to take people and projects from great to excellent
  • Maps a clear direction through the complexity of a situation

The IWU Nursing faculty includes such accomplished professionals as:

  • Rob Dawson; DNP, RN
    Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Pre-licensure Nursing Dr. Dawson is not only one of our distinguished faculty, but an IWU alum. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University before moving on to earn his DNP. Dr. Dawson promotes volunteerism in the health care field, and is particularly interested in global health care, diabetes self-management and depression in those with diabetes.
  • Ruth Eby MSN, RNC
    Associate Dean of Post-licensure Nursing Ms. Eby is currently completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice after practicing obstetrics in the hospital setting for more than 20 years. She joined Indiana Wesleyan in 2010 and moved into the role of program chair in 2011. Ms. Eby is a board member of GROW Nursing, has led the interprofessional education task force and served as co-chair of the planning committee for the Interprofessional Education Seminar at IWU. Her doctoral project, designed to translate evidence into practice, will focus on designing and implementing interprofessional education at IWU. She is an active participant on a team researching Moral Courage and Ethical Integrity in Nursing Education; they presented their research in several venues and are published in the Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Dot Clark-Ott; Ph.D., RN
    Assistant Professor of Nursing Dot Clark-Ott, former member of the USAF, specializes in flight nursing, surgery and military training. Current memberships include National Association of School Nurses; Indiana Association of School Nurses; and Eta Chi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. Professor Clark-Ott has done original research in Parent Perceptions of Health Services, and Parent Perceptions regarding Childhood Obesity. Doctoral research has focused on gender biases in nursing education, and factors affecting student success in undergraduate nursing programs. Recent presentations include "Evidence-Based Practice in School Nursing," and "Increasing the Numbers of Men in Nursing: Learning from Missions and Military Models."
  • Barbara Ihrke; PhD, RN
    Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ihrke’s expertise includes transcultural nursing, tropical health, gerontology and nursing informatics. From 1980-1991 she worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a missionary nurse teaching in a school of nursing and doing primary health care projects. She spent her sabbatical in Gabon, Africa.

After Graduation

What You’ll Earn

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the 2013 median annual wage for registered nurses was $66,640. To learn more about salaries for nurses, visit http://www.bls.gov/.

Recent Graduates

Our graduates truly unlock their passions – whether their dreams are to improve their own communities of make a difference on a global level. Here are a few very recent success stories:

  • Many graduates remain here and find fulfilling jobs at local hospitals such as Marion General Hospital.
  • Some go on to further their education; three recent graduates are pursuing a master’s degree through the Nursing Residency at Vanderbilt University.
  • Two recent graduates are working in mission hospitals in Africa and Haiti.
  • One recent graduate is working in Oncology in a hospital in Cincinnati and is currently preparing for the Oncology nurse certification program.
  • Two are employed at U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego.

Outstanding Alumni

Here are just a few of our alumni who have made a significant impact in nursing, locally, nationally and globally:

  • Jake Tillett BSN '06, missionary nurse, Koutiala Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Mali
  • Charissa Seitz BSN '07, ward nurse for Mercy Ships, based in Congo
  • Nikki Rodriguez-Borasz BSN '13, received the Cameo of Caring award from Wright State University's College of Nursing and Health

For more information about unlocking your own passions with a Nursing degree from IWU, contact our Admissions Office at 866-498-4968 or email admissions@indwes.edu.