School of Nursing

Karla Larson, Ph.D., RN, MSN, Dean of the College of Health Professions

Bushnell University’s School of Nursing provides opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science (BSN) or Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in a supportive academic environment that puts students first.  The nursing curriculum is designed to prepare ethical nurse leaders and educators to be influential in evidence-based, quality improvement within a variety of healthcare and educational communities. Our nursing students demonstrate leadership and impact health outcomes through participation in a variety of clinical or project-based practice experiences throughout the community and in acute care settings.

Nursing faculty are the heart of Bushnell’s School of Nursing!  Comprised of experienced educators possessing expertise in a variety of clinical practice and other specialty areas, nursing faculty are dedicated to academic excellence, assisting students achieve their professional and personal goals, and carrying out the mission of the University and School of Nursing. We invite and welcome you to be a part of what God is doing here at Bushnell University as you respond to His call in your life!

Bushnell University’s BSN and MSN degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


School of Nursing Unity, Diversity & Compassion Statement

At Bushnell University’s School of Nursing we foster wisdom, faith and service and are intentional about fostering advancement and respect for all students, faculty, and staff. We follow the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ who implored us to be one in His love and we give thanks for the rich diversity of God’s creation. A Bushnell prepared nurse has respect for the inherent dignity and unique attributes of every person. Nurses embrace and serve with love and equity the plurality and diversity of humanity in our world.

Bushnell nurses reject discrimination of any kind, be it systemic, institutional, or individual. They acknowledge the painful histories related to racism even within the nursing discipline, including education, practice, and research. In addition, the Bushnell University School of Nursing pledges not to allow an unjust past continue to determine the future. The School of Nursing promotes acceptance and social justice across all entities within our walls and we send our nursing graduates into the community prepared to do the same.

Bushnell nurse graduates affirm the inherent worth of each individual in order to protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of all people. They recognize inequities where they exist within the American health care system and work to rectify these inequities as a core piece of their pledge and duty as registered nurses.

School of Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing, as an integral part of Bushnell University, is to respond to the higher educational and healthcare needs of our culturally diverse communities. We prepare ethical nurse leaders and educators to be influential in evidence-based quality improvement within a variety of healthcare and educational communities, both local and global. We embrace Bushnell’s mission to foster wisdom, faith, and service through excellent academic programs grounded in the arts and sciences that demonstrate compassion and respect toward all people served.

Returning to our Roots

Between 1908 and 1929, Bushnell University constructed and operated the Pacific Christian Hospital—known today as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Sigma Nursing Honor Society

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, today known as Sigma, was founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, thárros, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor.

Alpha Alpha Tau, Bushnell University School of Nursing’s chapter of Sigma invites undergraduate and graduate nursing students demonstrating academic excellence in their nursing courses and registered nurses exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing scholarship, leadership, service, or practice to join Sigma.

Sigma Nurse Leader Membership Application

Completed applications can be emailed to Karla Larson at

Approved States for Practice Experiences

Bushnell University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Students who reside outside of Oregon should contact the Bushnell Office of Admissions at 541-684-7343 or for more information prior to enrollment in an online nursing program.

Current School News

You can learn more about the School of Nursing by visiting our college of health and professions page.

Student Experiences