About the Department

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In keeping with the aims and commitment of Berea College, the mission of the Nursing Department 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 philosophy of the Nursing Department faculty about key constructs and concepts provide the foundation for the program. Caring is viewed as the paradigm for the department. The key concepts existing within that paradigm are critical thinking/teaching-learning, person, nursing, environment, and health.

Berea College Nursing Department Student Handbook


The vision of the Nursing Department is to be globally recognized for excellence 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:  AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCalifornia, ColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentucky, Louisiana, MaineMaryland*, MassachusettsMichiganMinnesota,  Mississippi, MissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth Dakota, OhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahUS Virgin IslandsGuam, VermontVirginia, Washington, West 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.