Nursing is a scholarly discipline that focuses on the Christian practice of compassionate care and service. Nursing, as a caring science and a healing art, assists individuals to manage their responses to health-related issues using a holistic approach. Nurses are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. Nurses care for people of all ages helping them to regain and maintain health. These services are provided in a variety of practice settings.

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide a baccalaureate educational program of excellence that prepares professional nurses for the diversity in health care needs of the twenty-first century. The Huntington University baccalaureate program in nursing is built upon a strong liberal arts foundation and Christian principles. The program will prepare a generalist who is a competent practitioner, who provides holistic care that contributes to safe and high quality outcomes and who is a critical thinker and a leader. Graduates will impact their world through service.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Huntington University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Huntington University is also accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Department of Nursing: Educational Philosophy and Purpose

The faculty of the Department of Nursing at Huntington University believes that learning is a dynamic, interactive process that fosters the maturation of students. This maturation is built upon the values of excellence, creativity, spirituality, human dignity, collaboration and integrity. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service that enhances student learning, which positively affects the health and wellness outcomes of individuals, families and communities.

The upper division nursing major is developed from a strong foundation in the liberal arts, sciences and religious thought. The faculty is committed to providing settings for learning in which students can appreciate the contributions of the discipline of nursing to improving the quality of health care. Nursing is based on caring and compassion.

Faculty works in partnership with students to facilitate learning and is responsible to provide a learning environment that promotes inquiry and creativity. Students are responsible to be involved in learning, to identify their goals, to become skilled and knowledgeable and to propose new ideas. Learning is a continuous process. Learning environments should be flexible, interactive and promote mutual growth of faculty and students.

Consistent with the University philosophy, the faculty of the Department of Nursing encourages students to develop their faith, to interpret fields of learning from a Christian perspective, to commit themselves to Christ as Savior and Lord and to develop traits of Christian character and service.

Bachelor’s Program Outcomes

The program, in reflecting the University’s mission, prepares a nurse graduate who:

  1. Practices within the profession’s ethical and legal framework and a Christian worldview; 
  2. Applies the appropriate theories and research from the disciplines of nursing, liberal arts, sciences and religious thought; 
  3. Provides competent nursing care that contributes to safe and high quality outcomes of individuals and communities; 
  4. Commits to scholarship for the improvement of nursing practice at the local, regional, national and international levels; 
  5. Values the roles of the competent professional nurse who is a critical thinker, educator, consultant, advocate, collaborator, leader and researcher; 
  6. Recognizes that continued professional competency, service to others, personal achievement and professional accomplishment require a commitment to life-long learning; 
  7. Examines how the roles of holistic nursing, culture, personal biases and management of resources influence patient care; 
  8. Demonstrates effective communication as a leader and change agent in the ever-changing health care environment.

Admission to the Nursing Program

Admission to the nursing major is competitive. Students admitted to the nursing major are granted clinical placement if they progress through the major by meeting the requirements designated for admission to the nursing clinical portion of the program. Please contact the Department of Nursing for further information.

Course Requirements for the Nursing Major

Students who select nursing as a major in the bachelor of science in nursing degree complete NU 110, 210, 300, 305, 310, 315, 320, 330, 335, 340, 345, 350, 440, 450, 451, 460, 465, 485; BI 232/L, 242/L; and PY 230 for a total of 66 hours in the major. The following specific courses will be necessary in order to fulfill requirements in the Core Curriculum: BI 241/L, CH 141/L; MA 151; SO 111; PY 111; and BR 333TB. Nursing majors may repeat science and math courses only once and remain eligible to enter the nursing program.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in each of the following courses: EN 121; CO 215; CH 141/L; PY 111 and 230; SO 111; MA 151; BI 232/L, 241/L and 242/L. Please refer to the Nursing Student Handbook for course GPA requirements within the nursing major.


Courses in Nursing