Bachelor of Science in Nursing — Pre-Licensure



129 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 48 months


Nationally Accredited by CCNE

At CIU, nursing is a ministry. You will be part of a supportive, Christ-centered community where you will be challenged to think and grow as a moral nurse leader. Experienced clinical faculty will guide your learning towards systems leadership and efficiencies, continuous care improvement, and Christ-like caring and professional growth.

Program Features

  • Missions-focus, faith-integrated curriculum
  • All prerequisite and nursing coursework at CIU
  • Local and international missions clinical opportunities
  • Simulation center on the CIU campus

Megan Pifer & Jeremy See

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate theory and scientific knowledge into holistic nursing care planning and patient education.
  • Deliver culturally competent and safe population care to patients in diverse environments as a valued interprofessional team member.
  • Exhibit ethical, moral, spiritual, professional and positive, caring behaviors as a Christian nurse.
  • Seek continual personal and professional growth and improvement.
  • Constructively advocate for system changes to improve the health care environment and patient outcomes.
  • Employ collaborative leadership and organizational skills in nursing care of patients across the lifespan.

Featured Faculty

Sample Courses

  • Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations
  • Nursing Fundamentals
  • Health Assessment
  • Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Behavioral Health Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
  • Community and Population Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Maternal/Newborn Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing


For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Students will meet the general admittance requirements for the Nursing major and then apply to the Nursing Program after their sophomore year.
  • Nursing majors who have completed the prerequisites for the Nursing Program will need the following:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework
    • “C” or better in each prerequisite course
    • Science prerequisites must be completed within the last 5 years
    • 70% or higher on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
    • Satisfactory score on the TOEFL (80 internet-based or 570 paper-based) or the IELTS intl. Academic Course Type 2 (6.5) for applicants whose native language is not English
    • Personal interview with the BSN Admissions committee
    • Students may not be on probation, must not have any disqualifying offenses, and will need to complete a background check and drug screen prior to beginning the Nursing Program.
  • First time freshmen and select transfer students can receive priority admission based on a 3.5 high school GPA and 1100 SAT (520 or higher on math) or 22 on ACT (20 or higher on math). Priority students will have a spot saved in the nursing program for them, provided they continue to meet the grade requirements for program admission and interview with the BSN admissions committee.

Nursing Scholarship Information

Joshua 1:9 Scholarship
Students must be continuously enrolled full-time with a declared Nursing major. Students changing from Nursing to another major will no longer be eligible.
$1000 for freshman majors/$2000 for sophomore majors/$3000 for juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the Nursing Program.
The McElheny Family Nursing Scholarship
Must be a current CIU student and admitted to the nursing program to apply for this scholarship
Student must complete the donor scholarship application at the CIU Financial Aid website.
Nursing Scholarships for International Students
Student must search for and complete applications at the NurseJournal website.
Nursing Scholarships for Underserved Students
Student must search for and complete applications at the NurseJournal website.

Accreditation and Accolades

CCNE (The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
ABHE (The Association for Biblical Higher Education)
SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

Career Opportunities

  • Inpatient Nursing
    • Emergency Department
    • Acute Care Unit
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Pediatric Inpatient/ICU/Emergency
    • Neonatal ICU
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Community Health Nursing
    • Home Health Nursing
    • Hospice Nursing
    • Health Department
    • School Nursing
    • Crisis Pregnancy Center
    • Mobile Health Clinic
    • Behavioral Health Clinic
  • International Missions Nursing
    • Missions organizations
    • International disaster nursing
    • Leading mission trips
    • Relief for international clinics
Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing does not provide licensure. Upon completion of the BSN program students will be eligible to sit for RN licensure.

All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Columbia International University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (