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School of Nursing

Overview | Nursing

With an aging society, the demand for nurses is high. More than ever, competent Christian nurses are needed to extend compassion to patients who find themselves in a complex healthcare system. Maranatha’s nursing program equips students to succeed wherever God calls them to serve, whether in a major metropolitan hospital, a home health center, or an African village clinic. Working toward this degree, you will complete more than 1,000 hours of clinical experience in local hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and offers excellent preparation for a fulfilling career in nursing.


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Maranatha Baptist University BSN program, the graduate will possess knowledge, skills, and dispositions so they can:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking by making sound clinical judgments, which incorporate nursing science, evidence-based practice, liberal arts knowledge, and a biblical worldview.
  • Integrate therapeutic communication techniques effectively with clients, families, and members of the healthcare community using a variety of communication resources and methods.
  • Provide compassionate, culturally competent holistic nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Apply biblical and managerial principles of leadership in managing resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for nursing judgments and actions within a biblical worldview.
  • Pursue knowledge and expertise through continued nursing practice, research, and community involvement to enhance spiritual and professional growth and development.
  • Advocate for excellence in nursing care, policy, and practice using the biblical model and the nursing paradigm.
  • Coordinate client-centered, collaborative care using various secular and faith-based resources.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Nursing 101 (0)
Human Biology (3)
College Algebra (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
Chemistry for Allied Health Profession (4)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
General Psychology (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
Nursing Calculations and Terminology (2)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
The Modern World (3)
Probability and Statistics, Literature, or American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Introduction to Nursing Profession (2)
Pathophysiology (3)
Microbiology (4)
Bible Elective (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing
and Clinical (8)
Health Assessment (3)
Pharmacology (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2* (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Women’s Health/Maternity Nursing and Clinical (4)
Medical-Surgical Nursing 2 and Clinical (6)
Pediatric Nursing and Clinical (5)
Bible Elective* (3)

Total Credits: 18

*This course will be taken as an online course.

Semester 1

Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and Clinical (6)
Public Health Vulnerable Populations and Clinical (6)
Nursing Research (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2* (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Capstone Practicum and Clinical (8)
Issues and Trends (2)
NCLEX Review (1)
Probability and Statistics, Literature, or American Studies Elective* (3)

Total Credits: 14

*This course will be taken as an online course.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Maranatha Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 


Maranatha Baptist University’s nursing program is ranked #1 in the state of Wisconsin for 2023. Find more information here:

Related Majors

Pre-Physician Assistant
Pre-Physical Therapy

Potential Career Fields

Nurse Practitioner
Critical Care Nurse
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Midwife
Public Health Nurse
Medical Missions Nurse

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

Alumni Spotlight

Caleb Armstrong (’19) lives in Dallas, TX. He graduated with a BS in Nursing. He currently works at a Medical ICU unit where he provides direct patient care to those needing management of complex, high acuity health conditions. After graduating, he took part in a Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship. He shares, “Fifteen other applicants were accepted into this program in my cohort and although this diverse group came from all over the country and many different, and much larger, nursing schools, I felt that I was as prepared as any of my fellow new graduate nurses for the mental, physical, and academic rigors of the internship.  Caleb recently applied and was accepted into the PhD Nursing program at the University of Texas. “My time at MBU prepared me to succeed in the more advanced training that is required for my current position. 

Kelly Dyck (’19)
Kelly Dyck graduated in 2018 with a BS in Nursing and currently works for ProHealth in Oconomowoc, WI as a charge nurse. Kelly believes that the thorough servant-leadership training she received at MBU prepared her for this role. “The wide variety of learning experiences and the constant support from my nursing professors really helped me transition into the hospital setting. I also had many chances to interact with different people in different circumstances which developed interpersonal skills that are extremely valuable for me as a registered nurse.”

Heather Smith (’14)
During Heather Smith’s (’14) last semester of nursing school at MBU, she interviewed for and accepted a position in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Lynchburg General Hospital where she continues as a critical care nurse. She is currently pursuing her FNP/DNP at Liberty University. Heather shares, “since graduating from MBU, I have had the opportunity to go on several medical missions trips with Operation Renewed Hope, which has broadened my perspective of nursing and my view of God. I have seem that God is not constrained by the barriers we feel or by the things that we lack. I’ve recognized that God’s will for my life isn’t this ambiguous thing in the future; it is present and involves following the direction that He has given me today.”

Paul Zemke (’18) is a travel nurse so he lives at various locations around the US. After graduating with a BS in Nursing, he worked at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI for a couple of years. He then received a contract to work in Napa, CA; Louisville, KY; and Gig Harbor, WA where he has been able to serve in a church with fellow Maranatha Alumni. A travel nurse is a contracted worker able to work in a variety of locations after having gained experience in their specialty. In the summer, he uses his skills as a nurse to assist a Christian camp. Being a traveling nurse means having a license which can transfer to other states. Paul explains due to the curriculum offered through Maranatha he “was able to receive several states’ nursing license, with confidence that Maranatha’s courses were adequate for even the more particular states.” 

MBU Program Faculty

Tami Gunselman

School of Nursing | Director, Associate Professor
MMin Missions, Crown College
BS Nursing, Washington State University
MS Nursing Education, Liberty University

Ann Schmoeckel

School of Nursing | Associate Professor
BS Nursing, Maranatha Baptist University
MS Nursing Education, Concordia University

Susan Rasmussen

School of Nursing | Associate Professor
BS Nursing, Cedarville College
MS Nursing Education, University of Phoenix

Kim Reid

School of Nursing | Associate Professor
BS Nursing, Liberty University
MS Nursing Education, University of Phoenix

Elizabeth Stille

School of Nursing | Assistant Professor
BS Nursing, Maranatha Baptist University
MS Nursing Education, Herzing University


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