About the Department

In keeping with the learning goals articulated in Being and Becoming Berea College in the 21st Century and the Great Commitments of Berea College, the mission of the Baccalaureate Nursing Department is to prepare students with great promise and limited economic resources from Appalachia and beyond for professional nursing in a changing practice environment. The Department prepares students as leaders, lifelong learners and advocates for health, providing a strong foundation for graduate study in nursing. Graduates of the Nursing Department are prepared to meet the following learning goals:

Learning Goal 1: Prepare graduates for professional nursing practice in a changing healthcare environment.

Learning Goal 2: Prepare graduates for community engagement and health advocacy for Appalachia and beyond.

Learning Goal 3: Prepare graduates for lifelong learning, graduate study and/or leadership positions in nursing.


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.