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School of Nursing

Degree Overview

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 health care system. Maranatha’s Nursing program equips you to succeed wherever God calls you to serve, whether in a major metropolitan hospital, a home health center, or an African village clinic. Working toward this degree, you complete over 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 that they can:

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking by making sound clinical judgments, which incorporate nursing science, evidence-based practice, liberal arts knowledge, and a biblical worldview.
  • Students will integrate therapeutic communication techniques effectively with clients, families, and members of the healthcare community, using a variety of communication resources and methods.
  • Students will provide compassionate, culturally competent, holistic nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Students will apply biblical and managerial principles of leadership in managing resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes.
  • Students will demonstrate responsibility and accountability for nursing judgments and actions within a biblical worldview.
  • Students will pursue knowledge and expertise through continued nursing practice, research, and community involvement to enhance spiritual and professional growth and development.
  • Students will advocate for excellence in nursing care, policy, and practice using the biblical model and the nursing paradigm.
  • Students will 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)
Medical Terminology and Calculations (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 (8)
Health Assessment (3)
Pharmacology (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2* (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

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

* = Taken as an online course
Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Advanced Medical-Surgical Clinical (6)
Public Health Vulnerable Populations/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)

* = Taken as an online course
Total Credits: 14

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Maranatha Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791.

Related Majors

Physical Education & Health

Potential Career Fields

Human resources director
Production/Operations manager
International business person
Business owner/Entrepreneur
Business manager

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

Alumni Testimonial

Name: Andrea Zockoll
Andrea (Jochum) Zockoll (’12) graduated with her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner and works as an NP at an Adult Medicine office in Salisbury, MD. Having begun work on her doctoral degree, Andrea reflected on her MBU training: “I am so thankful for the foundational education I received in MBU’s nursing program! I want to particularly recognize Mrs. Crum and all the work she did to make the program academically excellent and encourage its students to continue their education to serve others and bring glory to God.” Andrea just received her DNP.

Name: Adam
Major: BA in Humanities Liberal Arts, History Minor.
Graduate Year: 2014
Adam graduated in 2014 with a BA in Humanities Liberal Arts and a History minor. He then attende law school and pass the Virginia Bar exam on his first attempt. Throughout law school and in study for the bar exam, Adam relied on the researching, writing, and public speaking skills he learned during his time at MBU. “I am thankful for the time I spent in the Humanities Department at MBU that prepared me for law school and the bar.” Adam currently work for a financial services business, Equity 1, Inc.

MBU Program Faculty

Susan Rasmussen

School of Nursing | Associate Professor
BS Nursing, Cedarville College
MS Nursing/Ed – University of Phoenix

Ann Schmoeckel

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

Tami Gunselman

School of Nursing | Assistant Professor
MMin Missions, Crown College
BS Nursing, Washington State University
MS Nursing Education, Liberty University (in progress)

Elizabeth Stille

School of Nursing | Assistant Professor
BS Nursing, Maranatha Baptist University

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