Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

frequently asked questions

Does Huntington University offer a nursing program? 

Yes! Huntington University offers a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).  The BSN program is built upon a liberal arts foundation and Christian principles. Apply today!

Is the program accredited?

Huntington University is committed to excellence in all its programs. Huntington is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The nursing department has received initial accreditation by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

What do I need to prepare to study nursing in college?

High school students interested in becoming nursing majors should have these academic goals:

  • Graduate in the top third of the high school class
  • Complete at least two years of lab sciences, including one year of chemistry with lab (physics also recommended)
  • Complete at least two years of math, including one year of algebra
  • Recommend a foreign language
  • Obtain a strong score on standardized tests (ACT and/or SAT)
  • Have a love and concern for people.

Will Huntington University accept transfer students from other colleges and universities?

Yes. Credit for transfer students will be considered by the registrar and the department of nursing on an individual basis. At least one semester of pre-nursing course work will need to be completed at Huntington University.

How is Huntington University's program structured?

The BSN comprises two components: pre-nursing courses and the nursing major. Freshman and sophomore year pre-nursing courses prepare the students for advanced study and clinical experiences in the junior and senior year. Candidates will make application to the nursing major in the second semester of the sophomore year and are admitted into the nursing major in the first semester of the junior year through a competitive ranking of their academic performance in the first two years.

What are the requirements to study nursing at Huntington?

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Click here to view the admission requirements.

What kinds of classes will nursing students take?

Freshmen and sophomores will take rigorous courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and core courses in the liberal arts. Juniors and seniors will take more advanced nursing science courses, additional core classes, and courses in nursing skills. Clinical experiences will be a major part of the third and fourth years of study. January Term classes will offer students the opportunity to explore electives, perhaps in missions or job shadowing in healthcare.

When do I begin courses that put me in contact with patients?

Students accepted to Huntington University may apply to the nursing program during their sophomore (second) year. Clinical courses begin the first semester of the junior (third) year.

Are there special requirements for clinical courses?

In order to begin the clinical component of any nursing program, students receive information about the need for immunization verification, a health evaluation (history and physical examination) completed by a primary care provider, current American Heart Association CPR certification, drug screening, and TB (two step PPD or chest X-ray) screening. In addition, students submit an application for a national criminal background check. Requirements are detailed in the Application to the Nursing Major packet given to students in the sophomore year.

Where are your nursing courses being taught?

Classrooms and labs for nursing have been developed in Huntington University’s state-of-the-art Science Hall. Opened in 2002, the 93,000 square foot facility is the newest and largest facility on campus. Clinical experiences will be held in regional accredited health care facilities.

As a Huntington University nursing graduate, will I be an R.N.?

Upon completion of the BSN degree, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN). For For more information about professional examinations, see http://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm.

What other majors and degrees does Huntington University offer?

Huntington University offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 academic concentrations. Related programs at Huntington include pre-med, chemistry, biology, mathematics, applied exercise science, education, psychology, social work, and ministry/missions.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Visit the Financial Aid web site for more information.

What other resources are available to help me complete a nursing degree?

Huntington University offers many resources to help students including the Learning Center, Library, Resident Life Program,  and Spiritual Formation Program.

How can I learn more?

If you would like to be kept informed about the developing program in nursing, or other happenings at Huntington University, please click here.