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  • Northwest University (NU) Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing

    The Northwest University (NU) Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing offers BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN degree programs and provides several study-abroad educative opportunities.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 79
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Kirkland, Washington
    • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-BSN, Other
    • Website URL Visit Website
     

    In 1934, the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God founded Northwest University (NU), a private, not-for-profit, Christian university.

    Northwest University's Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing

    The university offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BS) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees.

    The Nursing programs at Northwest University Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing are unique from other nursing programs as students learn to integrate faith into their nursing practice.

    Students have the opportunity to study abroad at NU. Every year, the students, along with the professors, have the opportunity to travel to different countries to experience how different cultures view evidence-based Nursing and medicine.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    After successfully completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. They then become eligible for state licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

    Pre-Admission Requirements (not all inclusive):

    • Biographical Essay
    • Pastoral Reference
    • Entrance Exam (ACT or SAT)
    • High School Graduation or Equivalent (High School transcript or GED)
    • College Transcripts (previous college work)

    RN to BSN

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • Graduate of accredited Associate Degree in Nursing program
    • Minimum of 18 months part time to full time clinical nursing practice in direct client care
    • Clinical RN nursing practice is current and within two (2) years of application to the RN-BSN Online Program
    • Current and unencumbered RN license in Washington state

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a generalist degree program. The program is 100% online and includes a "scholarly project".

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • Accredited BSN degree
    • Minimum of 18 months part time to full time clinical nursing practice in direct client care
    • Clinical RN nursing practice is current and within two (2) years of application to the MSN Online Program
    • Current and unencumbered RN license in Washington state

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where will I be doing my clinical rotations?
    Hospitals that provide students the opportunities for clinical studies include Providence, Swedish, Seattle Children’s, Evergreen, and Overlake. Many graduates receive job offers at these facilities.
     
    How many students make up a "cohort"?
    The cohort is compiled of 54 students. NU’s School of Nursing has the ideal blend of highest quality education and a supportive and caring learning environment.
     
    What is the spiritual atmosphere like on campus?
    Even though the students come different backgrounds, NU students share one common ground - a commitment to Jesus Christ. Chapel, Life Groups, worship, and outreach opportunities are some of the ways NU students are involved in the faith community.
     
    Will I be able to graduate in four years?
    In four years, all of NU's degrees are able to be completed. Before the next semester, Academic Advisors work with students to ensure that they are registering for the classes they need to complete their degree.
     
    I see NU has travel abroad integrated into the BSN program. What countries are included?
    Students have the ability to travel to one of the many countries such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Mexico, and various countries in Africa.

    Accreditation and Approval

    The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredited Northwest University (NU).

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing program at Northwest University's Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing.

    Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approved the nursing program.

    Rankings and Recognitions

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #46 (tie) in Regional Universities West
    • #25 in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #27 in Best Value Schools
    • #159 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
     
    NICHE (2019)
    • Best Christian Colleges in America #121 of 356
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #179 of 599
    • Best College Locations in America #208 of 1,553
    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #253 of 725
    • Best Small Colleges in America #284 of 997
    • Best College Campuses in America #370 of 1,408
    • Top Private Universities in America #386 of 975
    • Best Colleges in America #623 of 1,647
    • Best Value Colleges in America #718 of 1,590
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #747 of 1,592
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Washington #1 of 6
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Washington #4 of 14
    • Best Christian Colleges in Washington #4 of 5
    • Best College Dorms in Washington #5 of 18
    • Best Small Colleges in Washington #7 of 28
    • Top Private Universities in Washington #9 of 15
    • Best College Locations in Washington #10 of 45
    • Best College Campuses in Washington #10 of 21
    • Best Colleges in Washington #13 of 49
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Washington #15 of 44
    • Best Value Colleges in Washington #17 of 42
    • Best Colleges in Seattle Area #8 of 25
    • Best Value Colleges in Seattle Area #9 of 21
     
    Forbes (2018-2019)
    • #20 Top Colleges
    • #19 in Private Colleges
    • #16 in Research Universities
    • #2 in the Midwest
    • #87 America's Best Value Colleges

    MONEY Magazine (2018 -2019)

    • #20 among the most affordable private colleges in the nation
    • #21 of colleges that add the most value
    • #157 out of 705 overall national university rankings

    Colleges of Distinction (2018-2019)

    • Recognized as Washington "Colleges of Distinction"
    • Recognized as Christian "Colleges of Distinction"

    For 2018, nurse.org listed Northwest University Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing in their "Top 10 Schools".

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