Cross-Cultural Nursing

Behavioral & Health Sciences Department


Cross-Cultural Nursing is a unique, four-year program of study designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and theology, understanding of cross-cultural adjustment and communication, and professional nursing skills. The goal of the program is to equip graduates to effectively serve the physical and spiritual needs of patients and their families in cross-cultural contexts. Nursing coursework is offered through a cooperative agreement with the Northeast Iowa Community College. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the national licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Diploma & Bachelor of Science
Time to Complete
4 Years
Program Director
Krista Iverson
Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology major outcomes and those listed below, the student will meet the outcomes established by Northeast Iowa Community College for the LPN Diploma program. See the NICC website at for up-to-date Nursing program requirements and outcomes.

The student will:

  1. Cross-cultural Adjustment
    Students will demonstrate the ability to adjust successfully to a foreign culture by: overcoming culture shock, making measurable progress in language-learning, bonding with foreign nationals, and adjusting to life and ministry abroad.
  2. Cross-cultural Communication
    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the Gospel cross-culturally by: understanding cultural and religious contexts, performing ethnographic cultural research, synthesizing ethnographic research into a worldview, evangelizing and discipling cross-culturally, and producing a contextualized Gospel message.
Program Admission
  1. Meet all admission requirements of Emmaus Bible College.
  2. Complete application for admission to Northeast Iowa Community College.
  3. Declare intent to pursue the cooperative program in Cross-Cultural Nursing.
  4. Meet all nursing program admission requirements of Northeast Iowa Community College.
  5. Nurse Aide/CNA licensure must be completed prior to Nursing Concepts.
  6. Nursing candidates must also achieve a score of 80 on the math and reading comprehension areas of the HESI A2 exam prior to nursing program admission (clinical coursework).
  7. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Bible/Theology program.
  8. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Program Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 121.75 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 36 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. At least 24 semester credit hours must be earned at Northeast Iowa Community College.
  5. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  6. Complete all graduation and LPN Nursing program requirements of Northeast Iowa Community College.
  7. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
Bible/Theology (30.5 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
  • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
  • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
  • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
  • Praxis of Interpretation (BT 320)
  • Biblical and Practical Theology of Transformation (BT 352)
  • Two of the following Theology Electives (6 credits):
    • God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
    • Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
    • Church and Final Things (BT 331)
  • Servant Leader Training Seminar (CCS 115)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Chapel (CCS 110)
Intercultural Studies (12 credits)
  • Missions and Evangelism* (ICS 104)
  • Cross-Cultural Adjustment (ICS 212)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication (ICS 310)
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership (ICS 441)
  • Short-term Medical Mission

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Nursing (25.75 credits)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (PNN:270)
  • Dosage Calculations (PNN:200)
  • Pharmacology Medications (PNN:204)
  • Introduction to Nursing Concepts (PNN:183)
  • Introduction to Nursing Care of Adults I (PNN:179)
  • Introduction to Nursing Care of Adults II (PNN:191)
  • Introduction to Maternal Child Health (PNN:242)
  • Application of the Practical Nurse Role (PNN:246)

Courses at Northeast Iowa Community College.

General Studies (38.5 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO:168)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO:173)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
  • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
  • English Composition (ENG 101)
  • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
  • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 or 2 (HIS 235/236)
  • Christian Life and Worldview* (HUM 111)
  • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 211)
  • World Religions (REL 308)
  • Cultural Anthropology (SOC 314)

*meets Bible-Related requirement
Courses at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Program Planner

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