Did You Know that FWBC Hosted a Missionary Nursing Program?

Fifteen Missionary Nursing Students at Lutheran Hospital in 1955

Originally written by Bill Gerig g61, recently adapted by Stephanie Demorest g93, Director

One of the most unique degrees the College offered over the years was a Bachelor of Science in Missionary Nursing. The program began in 1952 and graduated the last student in 1986. Over those 24 years, 113 nurses completed this degree in preparation for medical service on the mission field. 

Carolyn (Mostert) Bell and Carol (Steiner) Ringenberg in the lab

This exhaustive preparatory program, designed to meet an urgent need during that time period for professionally trained missionary nursing candidates, was made possible through the cooperation of nearby Lutheran Hospital (then located on Fairfield Avenue, not far from the College). This was a five-year program with the first year at FWBC, followed by three years of nursing training at Lutheran Hospital, and then a final year at FWBC for heavy concentration in Bible and Missions. 

Lynnette (Stamm) Hyde, Carol (Steiner) Ringenberg, Elaine (Eisenhart) Diller, Linda (Parsons) Wolfe, Karen (Arnholt) Brunner, and Carolyn (Mostert) Bell singing around the piano

If you would like to read a previously published article about the missionary nursing program in the FWBC Vision magazine from October 1955, click here. This was another amazing way the Lord worked on our Fort Wayne campus!

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