Do you have a servant’s heart and a desire to help others? The Belhaven University School of Nursing can help you fulfill your purpose with a meaningful career in a fast-growing field.

Equipping Servant Leaders for a Unique Calling

Our state- and nationally accredited School of Nursing is different by design. We offer an outstanding learning environment for servant leaders, the ones called “to serve, not to be served.”

Caring faculty members — who want you to learn and excel — equip you with expert knowledge and skills that help you stand out in today’s job market. These experienced professors also model and teach Christ-centered values, including compassion, integrity, and justice.

Your education takes place in a personalized environment with small class sizes. Students new to nursing (pre-licensure) learn and practice in state-of-the-art facilities, in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi. The area is known as one of the South’s premier health care destinations. We take advantage of our location by offering a variety of rich clinical experiences for our pre-licensure BSN students.

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Nursing at Belhaven: Different by Design

Modern Facilities

Our recently renovated nursing facilities offer an outstanding student experience. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art classrooms and a Nursing Skills Lab that mimics a hospital unit.

Caring & Expert Faculty

Our faculty members teach from experience and lead with compassion. They’ll push you to do your best, and they’ll help you achieve great things in and out of the classroom.

Competitive Tuition

We offer customized aid packages for every Belhaven student including potential scholarships. Additionally our online RN to BSN is the most affordable program in the state.

Freshman Guarantee

Eligible incoming first-year students can secure a spot in our nursing program by meeting a certain set of criteria and maintaining program eligibility.

Nursing Guarantee Option

Our Mission: Prepare Servant Leaders

In accordance with the institutional mission, the mission of the Belhaven University School of Nursing is to provide a basic nursing education program which prepares graduates who are servant leaders that value integrity and justice in all aspects of their lives. Belhaven graduates are challenged to transform health care through the uniqueness of Christ-inspired nursing practice.

Our School of Nursing seeks to:

  • Provide high-quality nursing education that embraces Christian worldview principles in service to individuals, families, and communities
  • Support an environment conducive to personal and professional growth, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Reflect a model of nursing education that incorporates educational methods, techniques, and strategies based on the most current, evidence-based best pedagogical practices

Traditional & Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Earn your BSN on campus

You can complete our pre-licensure BSN degree in four years. In the first two years, you’ll take general classes and specific nursing prerequisites. The final two years of the program include your core nursing classes. You don’t need prior nursing education or experience for this pathway.

Earn your BSN online.

Experience the utmost affordability with our online RN to BSN program, unmatched in Mississippi. Our program also offers the flexibility to complete your degree at an accelerated pace, rivaling any other program in the state.

If you’re a currently practicing registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma in nursing, you can complete your RN to BSN degree entirely online in one year. Some prerequisite courses may be required, though, so be sure to speak with your academic advisor.

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Nationally Recognized Accreditation

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is recognized in all 50 states and U.S. territories. This voluntary accreditation proves our ongoing commitment to continued growth, effective educational practices, and nationally shared standards.

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Tell Me More: Performance Standards & Admission Process

There are a limited number of available seats in our BSN programs, so admission is highly competitive. To be considered, you must first be accepted into the university.

The School of Nursing requires an additional application and admissions process. Pre-licensure students are encouraged to apply by March 1 for fall admission. RN to BSN students may apply at any time since the online program begins each semester.

To begin the process, complete the University Application Form. Upon acceptance to Belhaven, you may apply using the Pre-Licensure BSN Application or the RN to BSN Application.

Learn more about Pre-Licensure BSN admission requirements or RN to BSN admission requirements.

View the Nursing Student Handbook to learn more about important requirements, policies, procedures, and more.

To succeed in our nursing program and the wider world of fast-paced health care, you must have a variety of skills. Those skills include problem-solving, the ability to communicate and collaborate with others, and certain psychomotor and sensory skills. Learn more about the performance standards expected of Belhaven nursing students and graduates.

The School of Nursing has established a set of 13 baccalaureate program outcomes:

  1. Synthesize concepts from a liberal arts Christian education to develop a philosophy of care that guides professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply organizational, leadership, and management concepts in the provision of high quality nursing care.
  3. Provide evidence-based, clinically competent patient-centered care which represents the patient’s preferences, values, diversity, and needs within the context of their families, communities and the health care delivery system.
  4. Use relevant technology to provide nursing care that contributes to safe and high quality client outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate effective critical thinking, communication, assessment, and technical skills in the practice of professional nursing.
  6. Plan, implement, and evaluate client-centered care that demonstrates the safe application of the pathophysiological, medical, and nursing management of common acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention.
  7. Generate clinical judgments based on assessment data and implement interventions to achieve individual/family/population-centered outcomes.
  8. Provide nursing care guided by professional nursing practice standards, healthcare policies, applicable statutes and regulations, and safe environmental health practices.
  9. Coordinate and manage healthcare for a group of individuals across the lifespan in order to maximize health, independence, and quality of life.
  10. Provide health-related education to restore health and promote optimal wellness.
  11. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  12. Integrate Christian values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice in the practice of nursing.
  13. Reflect a commitment to self-development and the advancement of the profession of nursing through participation in educational, community, and organizational activities.

If you’re looking to pursue the Pre-Licensure BSN at Belhaven, you’ll need to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This nationally recognized nursing school entrance exam tests your abilities in areas like English, math, and science. You must score a minimum of 66 on the exam to be considered for admission.

Learn more about the roughly 170-question TEAS and sign up to take it at Belhaven, a registered testing center.

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

Each year, nursing students participating in their first clinical experience take part in the Blessing of the Hands ceremony. The ceremony — attended by family members and friends — is a beloved tradition and includes an inspiring message, a time of worship, and a prayer for these up-and-coming servant leaders.

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Contact Us

School of Nursing

Phone: 601-968-8935

3rd Floor, Irby Hall, 1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13