School of Nursing

BSN majors begin clinicals one year earlier than most programs.

About the School of Nursing


Your Bethel nursing degree will prepare you for one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. We want to help you join the School of Nursing.

Nursing is one of the fields most impacted by science, technology and accessible health care. These changes have expanded the nursing field to allow you to follow your personal and professional interests.

Here are some important links to details you will need as you explore our program:


Scholarships and Aid

Handbooks and Guides

School of Nursing Undergraduate Admission Criteria


Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

Majors and Minors


Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The program consists of 66 hours of course work, which includes 37 hours of nursing courses, and 29 hours of general studies courses.

May be completed in two years for full-time students.

LPNs should contact the School of Nursing to discuss program plan options for the ADN.

Program Details (student handbook); Program Sheet

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

A four-year program, including general education and nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components. Clinicals begin the fall semester of the sophomore year.

Program Details (student handbook); Program Sheet 

RN - BSN Completion Program

Registered nurses may choose a 20-month plan or an accelerated 12-month option in either an online or hybrid format. The hybrid format offers both in-person class nights one or two evenings a week and online class weeks.

Program Details (student handbook); Program Sheet (PDF)


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the experienced nurse for roles in nursing education or nursing administration. The MSN is the foundation for doctoral education in nursing.

The MSN may be completed in two years and is offered in a hybrid format with classes meeting one evening a week.

Admission Criteria 

Alumni Stories & Outcomes

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Alumni stories: Career spotlight

Two nurses with the same mission, serve on the Africa Mercy ship, a floating surgical hospital. Read the stories of Anita Thiessen ’09 and Elizabeth LeFeber ’10 in the Bethel Magazine.


2015 School of Nursing (pdf)

2016 School of Nursing (pdf)

2017 School of Nursing (pdf)

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Staff & Faculty

Deborah Gillum received her ADN from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) in 1988, her BSN from Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) in 1992 and her MSN from Indiana University (Indianapolis, Ind.) in 1994. She completed her Ph.D. in nursing from Rush University in 2010. Her research focused on cardiovascular disease in the Amish and her dissertation was titled "Cardiovascular Knowledge, Beliefs, and Healthcare Practices of the Amish in Northern Indiana."

She has been employed in the hospital setting in medical–surgical and cardiovascular nursing and has been certified as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in both Indiana and Arizona. Gillum is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and ISNA/ANA.



Samuel Abraham completed his RN program and received his M.S. degree from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.). He completed his Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree from the University of Phoenix, Ariz. in 2012. His research focused on factors contributing to patient falls in psychiatric inpatient units.

He was the past president and currently a member of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) in Michigan. His published journals include Technological Trends in Health Care: Electronic Health Record (October-December, 2010); Health Care Manager Journal. Acquisition and Allocation of Human, Financial, and Physical Resources in the Health Care System (January-March, 2011); Health Care Manager Journal. Fall Prevention Program: Conceptual Framework (April-June, 2011); Health Care Manager Journal.

Rick Becker holds a B.A. in theology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He worked in religious education and parish ministry for several years before returning to school at Bethel College to study nursing.

A two-time Bethel graduate, Rick received his ADN in 2000 and his BSN in 2004. He worked as a staff nurse in oncology at Elkhart General Hospital for nine years, and also has two years of experience as a home health nurse for Hospice of St. Joseph County. Rick completed an M.S. in nursing education at Ball State University in 2008.

Sally Erdel received an A.A. in Bible from Ft. Wayne Bible College, a Diploma in Nursing from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing and the BSN and MS from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to coming to Bethel in 1994, Erdel served six years in Jamaica with World Partners of the Missionary Church. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and served for many years as a program evaluator for ACEN.   

She has participated on task force teams to Kenya, Jamaica, Mississippi, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Professional activities include membership in Sigma Theta Tau, ISNA/ANA, and NLN, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Lisa Ericson received her diploma of nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, (St. Louis, Mo.) in 1986, her BSN from Webster University (St. Louis, Mo.) in 1987 and her MSN from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1990 (Oshkosh, Wisc.).

She has been employed in the hospital setting in positions including surgical intensive care unit nurse, a member of the transplant team and has assisted in the operating room. As a family nurse practitioner, her practice has been focused on the care of Native Americans and with migrant workers in Wisconsin and Maine.

Ericson is a member of American Academy of Family Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association and Indiana State Nurses Association.

Teresa Jodway graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Lafayette, Ind., with her Diploma in Nursing. She completed her BSN & MSN at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Ind.</>

Jodway has worked at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis and Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., and as a nurse practitioner for a local ENT-1 day/week. She also went to Ecuador on a Christian Medical Mission trip in June 2003 as a nurse practitioner.

Jodway is a member of Sigma Theta Tau & NAPNAP-Federal & State.

Tanya Sobaski received an Associate Degree Science (1997), and ADN from Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, Mich.) in 1999, her BSN-Completion (2008) and a Masters in Nursing Education (2012) from Bethel College (Mishawaka, Ind.), and her Doctorate in Advanced Practice Nursing (2017) from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.). Tanya is a Certified Nurse Educator.

Tanya has worked as a staff nurse on medial surgical units and critical care units, community health nurse, staff educator, and as a nursing school faculty member. Her publications include The Effect of Routine Rounding by Nursing Staff on Patient Satisfaction on a Cardiac Telemetry Unit HealthCare Manager (2008) and Self-Evaluation in a Clinical Setting to Develop Nursing Students’ Clinical Judgment International Journal of Studies in Nursing (2017). Tanya is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nu Omicron Chapter, American Nurses Association, Michigan Chapter, Region 3, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Chable Johnson obtained her Associates of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Francis, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University. During this time she worked in a cardiovascular intensive care unit. She then graduated with her Masters in Nursing Education in 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan University and began teaching at University of Saint Francis teaching in the ASN program. She has continued to work at the bedside in various positions, ICU, ER, burn unit, nurse educator and telemetry. 

Johnson teaches on the Grace College campus in the ASN program teaching medical surgical I, critical care, and management. She is a member of AACN, Sigma Theta Tau, and Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Tina Kendall received her diploma of nursing from Memorial School of Nursing (South Bend, Ind.) in 1984. She completed her BSN-C and her Masters in Nursing Education from Bethel College School of Nursing. 

She has 31 years of clinical experience in a variety of areas (Med/Surg, oncology, orthopedic, wound and ostomy care, and intermediate care) within the acute care settings. Her experience also includes management positions within Med/Surg and Pain Management. 

Tina is a BLS instructor with the American Heart Association and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

April Hart has well over 25 years of full-time nursing experience, including clinical expertise in medical/surgical, critical care, and emergency nursing. Hart has been inducted into the Alpha chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and has published several nursing articles, including one internationally.

She has presented nationally and maintains two advanced practice nursing certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator. Both local and global missions are important to April, having served in two countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

Margarie Moses graduated with her first AAS in Nursing in 1995 from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. In 2005, she obtained a BSN from Ferris State, Big Rapids, Mich., and completed an MSN with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus in Adult Health in 2010.

She has taught nursing for eight years; seven of those at Ivy Tech Community College and two at Bethel. She has a Certification in Operating Room Nursing with 19 years of OR experience. Moses has worked in Medical-Surgical, Oncology, and Obstetrics Units at a variety of hospitals. She is in her 15th year at Memorial Hospital Trauma Surgery Center.

Kathy Oliver received her MSN from Valparaiso University, her BSN from Indiana University at South Bend, and her ADN from Southwestern Michigan College.

She is part of the team of Bethel nursing instructors that provide the quality nursing program at Grace College. Oliver has over 30 years of hospital experience in the critical care and open heart recovery units. It was during her time as a preceptor for new nurses that she discovered her love of teaching. She has taught at Indiana University, Saint Mary's College and Southwestern Michigan College. Having served as a chair, director and dean over the School of Nursing and Human Services at SMC, Oliver is returning to her greatest desire: To serve God by teaching others how to be a good and caring nurse.

Hannah Stutzman is a double alumni of Bethel College. She earned her BSN in 2006 and her MSN in Nursing Education in 2012. Her clinical experience offers a variety of areas including intensive care at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, hospice at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Elkhart, as well as oncology and maternal-newborn care at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is an Oncology Certified Nurse.

Pam Freeman worked for Bethel College in Human Resources for seven years before transferring to the Nursing Department. Prior to Bethel, she worked in human resources and recruiting at Sodexo/Howe Military School, Parma Tube Corporation and Home Instead Senior Care.

Freeman has a B.S. degree in business management and supervision from Purdue University. She has also been a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and ASTD (Association of Trainers and Developers).