Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 42
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 69
  • Standard Completion Time

    5 years
  • Accreditation


Admissions Requirements

Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Nursing Program. There is a separate application for the nursing department that must be completed before admission into the nursing program at Biola. It is possible to be accepted into Biola prior to being accepted into the nursing program. Please visit the Nursing Admissions Requirements page on the nursing department website for more information.

For Christians, nursing is an opportunity to model the care and compassion of Jesus to hurting people — sometimes during the most traumatic or trying moments of their lives. In Biola’s nursing program, you’ll learn to provide competent nursing care through rigorous coursework, through our skills and simulation labs and through clinical experiences at area hospitals.

What Will I Study?

The nursing curriculum will prepare you for board certification as a registered nurse. In addition to hands-on clinical experience, you will be taught how to integrate theology with professional nursing knowledge and skills, so you will view nursing as your call to minister to those in need. Career-relevant topics you will learn about include:

  • Administering medication
  • Medical-surgical nursing care of diverse populations
  • Clinical application of nursing theory, reasoning and skill
  • Introducation to women's health care
  • Quality health care for the elderly
  • Application of nursing through research
  • Clinical application of nursing skills in the community
  • Nursing care of the diverse and the vulnerable around the world
  • Leadership and management clinical rotations

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Career Paths

As a board-ready, highly skilled and technically competent nurse, you will be prepared to impact the world for Jesus Christ in areas such as hospital and home care, public health services, schools and missions. Some career options include:

  • Registered nurse
  • Travel RN
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Community outreach clinic nurse
  • Nurse manager
  • Home health care nurse
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • School nurse
  • Missionary nurse

Why Choose Nursing at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s nursing program offers several key advantages:

  • All students take part in clinical nursing experiences with the cooperation of hospitals and agencies throughout both Los Angeles and Orange counties.
  • Biola’s Kartsman Simulation Lab provides a chance to experience an intensive care unit. Its features include SimMan, an advanced patient simulator that allows students to hone their skills without fear of harming anyone.
  • The nursing program has unique heritage, having grown out of Biola’s School of Missionary Medicine. In keeping with this strong heritage, students are taught to view nursing as a ministry wherever they choose to serve.
  • Nursing graduates are eligible to take the examination required by the Board of Registered Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse. Upon graduation, application can be made for certification as a public health nurse.

Emily Justiniano
Nursing, B.S. '17

Every day this program equips us, intellectually and spiritually, to be ready for any challenge we may face in the medical field and prepares us to do the handiwork of God in serving His people through the calling of a nurse.”

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