B.S. in Nursing

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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 and health care agencies.

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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 diverse clinical nursing experiences with the cooperation of hospitals and agencies throughout both Los Angeles and Orange counties with a particular emphasis on serving underserved individuals.
  • Biola offers opportunities for global health experiences in a variety of countries.
  • Biola’s Simulation Lab, with multiple advanced patient simulators, provides a chance to experience a variety of clinical realities from the intensive care unit to the delivery suite — students can sharpen their skills without the fear of harming anyone.
  • The nursing program has a 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.
  • Biola’s nursing program was recently ranked tenth overall on Niche’s list of “Best Colleges for Nursing in California,” based on student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.


What Will I Study?

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

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  • 4.5 years


    This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.

  • 132.5


    Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.

  • WSCUC / CCNE / BRN Approved


    Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Career Paths

As a highly skilled and technically competent nurse who is prepared to take the licensure exam, 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. 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.
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Biola Nursing Program Ranked Sixth in California

Niche ranks Biola at No. 6 overall on its 2018 list of “Best Colleges for Nursing in California,” based on student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Alumni Success
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  • “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.”

    Anna Cottrell
    Nurse, Peace Corp Community Health Volunteer, 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.”

    Emily Justiniano
    Nursing, B.S. '17
  • “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.”

    Alexandria Palacios
    Registered Nurse, Nursing B.S. '16
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