William Jewell Department of Nursing stands apart due to its strong commitment to liberal arts, leadership and clinical excellence. All nursing students are exposed to the distinctive liberal arts orientation of William Jewell College and are able to understand the notion of mind/body/spirit, not only within the context of nursing, but also through a variety of courses in the liberal studies curriculum. The clear focus on the “whole person” gives William Jewell nursing students a decided advantage in understanding the complexities of the people they will care for as nurses.
Emphasis on clinical excellence shows in over 800 hours of clinical and laboratory learning students experience in addition to their classroom instruction. The effectiveness of our focused curriculum can be measured by the results of the nurse licensing exam students take post-graduation. View our nursing outcomes.
1 Program, 4 Tracks
The Department of Nursing offers four educational tracks for obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree In Nursing. Each educational track offers the same nursing curriculum and requirements, earning the program a well-deserved reputation of being the premiere baccalaureate nursing program in the region.
In the four-year track, the first three semesters are dedicated to pre-requisite and liberal arts studies courses, and the remaining five semesters are devoted to a combination of academic work in nursing and liberal arts studies. A student may enter the BSN track as a first-semester freshman (declared major or direct admit) or enter as a transfer student when nursing courses begin.
William Jewell also offers two accelerated tracks in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN-AT). These options allow students with BA or BS degrees in other fields who have completed seven pre-requisite courses to complete a BSN in either 12 or 16 months.
For current nurses with associate degrees, the RN-BSN track offers all the benefits of a liberal arts education in an online format that fits a busy lifestyle. Associate-prepared nurses can earn their BSN in as little as 18 months.
A Unique Curriculum
William Jewell Department of Nursing has a history of innovative and unique learning opportunities. As a nursing student at William Jewell College you will:
- Begin clinicals in nursing the second semester of your sophomore year.
- Learn from professors who are not only fine educators but also excellent practitioners within their fields.
- Learn in an environment with an approximate student-faculty ratio of 6:1 in clinicals.
- Have an opportunity to participate in the Faith Based Nursing program and the Pryor Leadership Program.
Curriculum for the BSN Program at William Jewell provides 124 college hours in liberal arts, prerequisite and nursing courses. Students may enter the nursing program upon completion of high school, as a transfer from another college or university, or as an associate degree-prepared registered nurse.
Students in nursing must meet college requirements for admission to William Jewell College in order to begin classes. Read more about admission requirements for nursing.
To ensure that all students in the William Jewell College Nursing Program are well qualified, have a strong potential for success, and to comply with the requirement of clinical agencies, background checks are required of all students with results provided to the Compliance Coordinator prior to entry into the nursing program. Clinical agencies have the right to request a copy of a student’s background check and may elect to deny admittance to their agency for clinical rotations based on the results of that background check. The background check report could also lead to dismissal from the program if the profile indicates a potential threat to safe patient care or a clinical agency denies students' admission to its program as a result of the background check. Additional background checks may be conducted during the course of participation in the Nursing Program if concern arises regarding student or patient safety.
If there is cause to suspect use of alcohol or other illegal substances within the classroom or clinical setting, completion of a drug test may be required.