Ministering to a person's physical needs gives exceptional opportunity to reach his or her spiritual needs as well. Christian nurses are to be competent at both aspects.

Appalachian Bible College offers you the unique chance to double major in Bible / Theology and Missions, as well as achieve a certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing. This accredited bachelor's degree and LPN program will best equip you to skillfully extend compassion to the suffering.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

While earning your B.A. degree from ABC, you will be dual-enrolled at New River Community and Technical College for a practical nursing certificate. New River's program prepares you to pursue licensure as a practical nurse and is accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurse.

Our Faculty

Mrs. Linda Hammons - Nursing Coordinator

Mrs. Linda Hammons - Nursing Coordinator

Eighteen years of experience in health care fuel my commitment: to see students equipped to serve the Great Physician as missionary nurses.

Our nurses are trained to view each person as created in the image of God… a person who needs the Savior. As they care for physical needs, missionary nurses have the opportunity to address spiritual needs as well. What a privilege our graduates have to see the Great Commission fulfilled before their very eyes!

Why Missions - Nursing?


Even a cursory study of the life of Christ will reveal His holistic approach to serving others. His compassionate care for the lepers, lame, and blind is the Christian nurse’s holy pattern. Deeds of mercy for the sick and the dying communicate God’s love in a way that mere words cannot. Missionary nurses have the privilege of ministering to their patients’ souls while improving their physical well-being.

Career Ministry Opportunities

Earning a bachelor's degree in Bible / Theology and Missions and a practical nursing certificate will equip you to serve the Lord as:

  • a member of an overseas medical missions team
  • a skilled "tentmaker" missionary in countries closed to traditional missionaries
  • a nurse within a U.S. ministry to the underprivileged
  • an LPN in a variety of healthcare settings

How it Works

Your Freshman and Sophomore years will be spent at ABC taking a variety of Bible, Theology and General Education courses, and fulfilling the pre-requisites for the LPN program at New River. You will then spend three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) of your Junior year attending the LPN program at New River. Your Senior year is back at ABC studying more Bible, Theology, and Missions.

  • The total time extent of these programs is 9 semesters over 4 years: 6 semesters at ABC and 3 at New River.
  • The average course load per semester at ABC is approximately 19 hours.
  • The average course load per semester at New River is 16 hours.

Application & Enrollment

You must apply and be accepted to Appalachian Bible College and to New River Community and Technical College. Each school has its own admissions requirements and process.

Degree & Certificate Earned

  • Upon graduating from ABC, you will have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible / Theology and Missions (double major).
  • Upon completion of the LPN program at New River, you will have a Certificate in Practical Nursing. You will also be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse).


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available through both ABC and New River.


You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from the New River campus (15 minutes from ABC). While completing clinicals, you are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from your assignment (distances vary by hospital).

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Identifying the biblical patterns and means for fulfilling the missionary mandate determining where and how you can serve God in worldwide missions.
Examining the biblical methodologies for church planting and growth implementing the appropriate steps to establish an effective church ministry.
Knowing the basic presuppositions of major 20th century religions intelligently communicating the Gospel of Christ to followers of other belief systems.
Discovering the critical nature of relationships in ministry establishing strong relationships for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.
Discerning which cultural differences are biblically permissible effectively ministering to people of diverse cultures.
Medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, geriatrics, mental health nursing, pharmacology and nutrition the ability to serve your patients with skill and confidence.

Missions Courses

Missions - Nursing Courses Missions - Nursing Course Guide

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