Bachelor of Science in Nursing
What will I study as a nursing major?
The nursing curriculum will prepare you for licensure as a registered nurse. In addition to hands-on clinical experience, you will be taught how to integrate your Christian faith 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
- Introduction to women's health care
- Quality health care for the elderly
- Research skills to improve nursing practice
- Clinical application of nursing skills in the community
- Global health issues
- Principles of leadership and management
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?
As a highly skilled and technically competent nurse who is prepared in our BSN program to take the licensure exam, your bachelor’s degree from Biola will ready you to impact the world in areas such as hospital and home care, public health services, schools and missions. While some students seek out an Associate Degree in Nursing as an option to begin a professional career quicker, BSN programs not only develop more knowledge, but offer greater professional prestige, growth opportunities and career options. As a registered nurse (RN), rewarding career options include:
- Medical/surgical hospital staff nurse
- Travel RN
- Labor and delivery nurse
- Nursing case manager
- Beginning level nurse researcher
- Home health care or hospice nurse
- School nurse
- Missionary nurse
- With further education, you could become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, nurse-midwife, or educator for nursing students.
Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.
6% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for registered nurses is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Attending Biola as both a nursing and music performance student allowed me to glean from a host of professors and peers that have lived out their faith in a variety of professions. The personal and spiritual growth that I experienced from my time at Biola has empowered me to share Christ’s love with others regardless of whether I am giving medications to a patient in the ER, playing my viola in church or assisting in compiling the district reports of teenage pregnancy and newly acquired HIV infections in an African village.
Performance (Viola) '10, B.M. and Nursing, B.S. '10
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.
... I learned that spiritual health is so vital in the business of caring for others. I can confidently say I have come out of Biola a stronger Christian, trusting God in everything I do.
Nursing, B.S. '16
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
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Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Associate Professor of Nursing
- M.S.N., Nursing Eduction, Duke University
- B.S., Nursing, Hampton University
Professor of Nursing
- Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
- M.S.N., School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
- B.S.N., San Francisco State University
- Holy Spirit Hospital Nursing School, Nagoya, Japan
Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Ph.D(c). Nursing, University of San Diego
- M.A. Theology, Biola University
- B.S.N. Nursing, California State University Long Beach
Clinical Nursing Experience
As a Biola nursing major, you will get hands-on learning experience when taking part in our clinical nursing opportunities with the cooperation of Biola's partnering hospitals and agencies throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. As a senior, global options in a variety of countries also open to you. The overall goal is for you to be prepared to work as a registered nurse almost anywhere in the world, so we offer experiences in venues that may include:
- County government facilities
- Specialty hospitals
- Medical centers for cancer patients
- Community hospitals
- HMOs (health maintenance organizations)
- Hospitals with faith-based values
- Other city agencies, including schools, pregnancy help clinics, homeless clinics and senior centers.
California Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA), Biola Chapter
Mission: Our mission is to equip Biola nursing students to be nurse leaders that they may better influence their class, their community, and their world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Vision: Our ultimate purpose is to show students the art and science of caring holistically for human beings in body, mind, and soul until every wound and disease is treated.
We accomplish these high callings by creating roles for students to be involved in many areas of leadership for the rest of the nursing department. CNSA sends participants to the state-wide CNSA convention to learn about professional endeavors and to meet with recruiters. Biola CNSA is mostly concerned about creating a sense of community during all five years of participation in the program through:
- Medical related chapels
- All level lunches
- Professional speakers
- Ceremonial events and holiday parties