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About the Nursing Major
Forge your own path in the healthcare industry after you complete your bachelor’s degree in nursing at Carroll University. You’ll learn basic nursing skills, experience simulation laboratories and work in clinical settings to further your expertise and prepare for a rewarding career. As you move through the program you’ll choose to focus your training in areas such as medical-surgical, pediatric, palliative care, psychiatric or intensive care.
You’ll begin nursing courses and experience laboratory simulations during your first year at Carroll. Nursing students are exposed to a supportive environment and develop close working relationships with faculty members and their peers throughout their time on campus. Although our nursing program is rigorous, students are encouraged to continue their outside interests and hobbies while pursuing their studies. We believe doing so keeps our students excited about becoming a nurse and allows them to contribute to their courses and clinicals in a variety of ways.
The hands-on learning you’ll receive from your clinical placements exposes you to a variety of service areas and patients. Beginning your second year, you’ll work in nursing homes and eventually on medical-surgical units in hospitals under the supervision of faculty and professional nurses. During your course of study, you’ll observe patients and work toward direct responsibility for planning, managing and administering care for a two- to three-patient load. Your education culminates with a capstone experience where you’ll be required to work 160 hours in a healthcare setting at one of southeastern Wisconsin’s best health systems or one of your choosing. This provides you with the opportunity to advance your skills and network as you prepare to search for a professional position.
Many of our graduates receive job offers prior to completion of the program and obtaining their license. This is due to the strong partnerships we have with area healthcare organizations and our exceptionally high pass rates. Graduates go on to work in hospitals and clinics as well as in the community at businesses, schools and with the government. Those that choose to pursue other avenues in nursing may become researchers or teachers.
Cross-Cultural Experiences Contribute to Enhanced Learning Opportunities
Beyond courses in your field of study, a benefit to attending Carroll is participating in our required cross-cultural experience component. These experiences will allow you to learn about different cultures and give you the opportunity to travel and interact with diverse groups locally, nationally or internationally. Students majoring in the health sciences can use their cross-cultural experience to gain additional knowledge in healthcare. Groups travel on medical missions around the globe to provide care and interact with underserved populations in countries like Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua. These unique immersive experiences will make you a desirable applicant for graduate programs or professional careers.
State-Of-The-Art Teaching Laboratories
Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall significantly houses the nursing, physics/engineering and exercise science programs as well as provides space for other academic classroom needs. Nursing students now have the ability to learn in state-of-the-art teaching and simulation laboratories, better preparing them to care for patients in the clinical setting.