Nursing as a Calling
In a fallen world in which pain and suffering are an everyday reality for many people, the healing professions provide an avenue of faithful service to the Healer and Redeemer of all things. Covenant equips students called to nursing with essential foundations in the heart and mind.
We believe that God calls each of His children to specific areas of service in his Kingdom and we have seen God faithfully use Covenant to bring together gifts, desires and opportunities in students' lives to call them to the nursing profession. Contemporary nursing is a demanding multifaceted calling that utilizes a wide variety of personal characteristics and technical skills such as: compassion, discernment in understanding complex human physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, knowledge of disease processes and healing countermeasures, wisdom in approaching ethical issues in modern healthcare, ability to connect quickly and meaningfully with others, perseverance, attention to detail, the ability to quickly learn new methods and new technologies, flexibility in the face of changing health care delivery models, and the ability to responsibly exercise authority and to work under authority.
Why Start Your Nursing Program at Covenant?
To help students meet the demands of this challenging profession, we have developed programs which include the formative and foundational components of a Covenant education that challenges students to develop an integrated framework for thought and life, for faithfully understanding and pursuing God's callings in every aspect of their lives. Students and faculty work together to explore of the implications of Christ's preeminence over all creation in terms of specific academic disciplines as well as in more the more general terms of theology, philosophy, worldviews and the significance of individual human identity in Christ.
The work of the faculty involved in the program includes both a general mentoring role in helping students to be discerning concerning their calling to be nurses and the responsibility to equip students for such a calling through specific course work. The specific course of study at Covenant includes the college's core curriculum and concentrated work in biological and social sciences. The specific course work in nursing may differ depending on the program chosen by the students through our partner institutions.
Pre-Nursing Program Options
There are a variety of options for students who want to take advantage of a Covenant education as they prepare for a career in nursing:
- Two years of study at Covenant leading to a transfer to a BSN program at another institution.
- A BA in Biology with a Health Professions concentration as a preparation for direct entry into a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or an accelerated second degree BSN programs.
- A BA in the student’s major of choice, while also taking approximately 25 hours of natural and social science prerequisites for direct entry into an MSN/accelerated second degree BSN program. Prerequisites vary but typically include courses in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, statistics and developmental psychology.
- An MSN/BA dual degree with Vanderbilt University. See the dual-degree program requirements.
Contact Professor Wenger for further pre-nursing information.