Nursing

If you’re interested in providing direct patient care or working as an administrator in a healthcare setting a career in nursing is an excellent place to start your journey. Nurses work in hospitals and communities caring for patients with a variety of medical conditions. They play an integral role in ensuring that patients are comfortable and knowledgeable about their health situations. As one of the most sought-after positions in healthcare, nurses have many job opportunities available to them and may also choose to pursue roles in research, leadership or education. Our program will provide you with the science and interpersonal skills as well as practical experiences needed to succeed in any nursing career. We’re committed to helping you become a stronger nurse as you learn how to care for the whole person.

#1 Program in the Country

2017 graduates achieved 100 percent NCLEX pass rate

Top program in Wisconsin and #1 of 1,899 programs nationwide
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— Joy Perry '19

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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.

Accreditation

Carroll's four-year baccalaureate program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency devoted exclusively to the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing education. Carroll's nursing program received its accreditation December 2010 through December 2020 with no deficiencies.

Carroll University provides students with a rigorous curriculum, as well as academic support from course faculty, faculty advisors, peer mentors, and Library Learning Commons tutors. One measure of the success of Carroll's nursing program is reflected in the pass rate on the NCLEX RN licensure exam. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX Program Reports for the period of April 2015-March 2016 ranks the Carroll University Nursing Program #1 of 38 programs, including ADN and BSN programs in Wisconsin. Additionally, the program is in the top 8% amongst BSN programs and in the top 7% of nursing programs across the United States. The rankings are based on the percentage of Carroll graduates passing the NCLEX RN examination compared to other programs with at least 10 graduates who took the NCLEX RN exam during the same reporting period. All nursing programs with the same percentage of graduates passing the NCLEX RN exam will have the same rank. In the past 8 quarters (2 years) 99% of Carroll Nursing students passed the NCLEX RN licensure exam.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Carroll University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The baccalaureate program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

White Coat Ceremony

Our nursing program proudly began the White Coat Ceremony tradition with the freshman class of 2018. The White Coat Ceremony matches the Carroll nursing program’s culture of welcoming and supporting one another in our work.

Senior nursing students cloak the freshman nursing students with a white coat, a symbol of a healthcare professional, illustrating and affirming that yes, the educational path is challenging, but it is achievable. Each coat also includes a red pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which reads “Humanism and Excellence.”

The ceremony takes place each fall and has become an event where students can celebrate the hard work they are about to embark on with faculty members, their peers as well as families and invited guests.

Nursing White Coat Ceremony 2018 Slideshow >>

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare
  • Veteran’s Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program
  • Meriter Hospital Summer Externship
  • Agrace Hospice in Madison, Summer Internship

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Nursing program ranks #1 in Wisconsin

The pass rate for the 2017 graduating class is officially 100% - all graduates were licensed.

Meet the Faculty

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Lisa Brandt, BSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Elizabeth Bright, MSN

Elizabeth Bright, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Lisa Green, MSN

Lisa Green, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Jamie Hansen

Dr. Jamie Hansen

Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Megan Holz, MSN

Megan Holz, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Chair of the Department of Nursing / Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Karla Kwapil, MSN

Karla Kwapil, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nicole Mattson, MSN

Nicole Mattson, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Rachele Mead

Lecturer of Nursing - Medical Surgical
James Mikolajczak, DNP

James Mikolajczak, DNP

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Kelly Raether, MSN

Kelly Raether, MSN

Lecturer in Nursing
Michael Rodriques, MSN

Michael Rodriques, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Kathleen Sampson, MSN

Kathleen Sampson, MSN

Senior Lecturer in Nursing
Susan Schneider, MSN

Susan Schneider, MSN

Lecturer in Nursing
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