Liberty University

Liberty University was founded in 1971 with the goal of providing a fundamental, biblically-based education.  Since then, Liberty University has grown into over 140 undergraduate and 90 graduate programs. The faculty-student ratio of the university is 23:1.  The university offers accredited programs in academic fields from athletic studies to law to nursing.  Liberty University also has plans to develop a medical university.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelor’s degree and 1 online master’s degree offered.
  • A campus-based bachelor’s degree in nursing is also offered in several formats

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

The nursing programs at Liberty University are based upon Patricia Brenner’s philosophy of nursing.  Nursing programs at Liberty University are designed for nurses pursuing an education concurrent with Christian ethical standards and seek nursing a ministry of providing care.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

The online RN to BSN online degree programs see the completion of a bachelor’s degree as not only a personal accomplishment and door to more professional opportunity but a contribution to the nursing field, as more educated nurses mean a more educated profession.  The nursing program at the bachelor’s degree level seeks to develop Biblical experience and general education as a foundation for the nursing profession.  Core components of the bachelor’s degree curriculum include Nursing as a Demonstration of Christ’s Love, Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills, and Leadership Skills.

Duration and Cost

The course takes approximately two to four years to complete, depending on the number of credits transferred in.  Thirty hours of upper-level nursing coursework must be completed at the university, and 120 credits are required for the degree.  Tuition costs from the program range from $295 to $320 per credit for full and part-time enrollment respectively.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing

The online master’s in nursing is a nurse educator track that is designed to assist future nurses in promoting teaching, program development, and scholarship in their future careers.  The program is based on the curriculum guidelines of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  At the beginning of the program, nurses set individualized program goals and objectives and a personal practicum under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Courses in the program include understanding research and assessment, advanced educational psychology, advanced health assessment, and teaching strategies and evaluation.

Duration and Cost

The online master’s degree program is 36 credit hours.  Tuition costs from the program are $438 per credit for full-time enrollment.


Most faculty of Liberty University’s nursing programs hold advanced degrees. All graduate faculty hold graduate degrees.  Faculty research interests include community health, pediatrics, and gerontology.

Things to consider:

  • Students in the RN to BSN program must maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Nurses in the online bachelor’s degree program must hold a nursing qualification
  • Programs are not available in all states
  • Students of the online master’s program must verify local board approval and local practicum approval (via US Department of Education) on their own
  • Students in the online master’s program are required to earn grades of “B” or higher (3.0 GPA)


Liberty University’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Liberty University
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24502