Nursing student at Berea College administering a shot

Berea College


Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In keeping with the aims and commitment of Berea College, the mission of the program is to prepare students with great promise and limited economic resources for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of health care settings, and to provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Berea College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202- 887-6791. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is also approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Completion of Berea College’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets the national requirements to apply for the NCLEX‑RN® for Registered Nurses (RNs).

The Berea College Bachelor of Science curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the following states/jurisdictions:  AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMaryland*, MassachusettsMichiganMinnesota, MississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahUS Virgin IslandsGuam, VermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming, Northern Mariana Islands.

Berea College has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements in the following states/jurisdictions: American Samoa

*The Nursing Department application for approval by the Maryland Board of Nursing is in process. Nursing students seeking licensure in MD are advised to see the Nursing Chair and read the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Opportunities & Internships

Berea’s BSN program was recently ranked Number 5 among the 50 Best Residential BSN Programs in the nation. Recent students have interned with programs like the VALOR (VA Learning Opportunities Residency) in Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the University of Missouri Healthcare Center for Education and Development.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom include community partnerships with regional public health departments,
the Madison County school system, and outreach programs like the Senior Renewal Center.

The Berea College Association of Student Nurses offers a Peer Support Program that allows nursing students to pair with a more senior peer as a go-to person to answer questions, suggest helpful resources, and share the memorable experiences of being a nursing student.

Professional development opportunities outside the classroom include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students, and the Alumni-Nursing Student Mentorship Program: Achieving Excellence in Appalachia and Beyond.

Careers & Outcomes

Berea graduates are distinguished by the practical experience they gain in the work study program. Berea Nursing graduates find employment in a wide variety of health care systems and higher education paths, including:

  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • University of Missouri Medical Center
  • University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital

I got to work hands-on alongside my med-surg professor. Having my professor right beside me not only pushed me to do my best, it also made me realize our professors are not just teachers in the classroom, but are also great nurses.


Contact Us

Berea College | Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Room 316 | CPO 2190 | Berea, KY 40404 | 859-985-3380