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About the Nursing Program

Nursing Program Curriculum

The mission of the nursing program is to provide a superior educational opportunity, grounded in the liberal arts. The program develops generalist nurses for professional practice in diverse settings. The program prepares students to function in three broad areas – nurses as:

  1. Providers of direct and indirect care to individuals, groups and communities
  2. Designers, managers and coordinators of care
  3. Members of a profession

Special Features of the Nursing Program

  • Direct admission as a first-year student
  • Guaranteed space in upper division clinical courses, provided satisfactory academic progression
  • A computer-based testing program prepares students for the NCLEX Licensure exam
  • Excellent clinical student to faculty ratio of 8:1
  • Students practice in a state-of-the-art nursing laboratory with simulation technology

Clinical Experiences

  • Carroll University's nursing program is affiliated with Aurora Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin, ProHealth and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
  • Students participate in five semesters of clinical practice in urban and suburban settings, in fast-paced teaching centers and community-based facilities.
  • Students work with clients across the lifespan, from various ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and in various states of wellness.

Nursing Careers

  • In 2014 the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects employment of registered nurses to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.
  • 100 percent of graduates who wish to work obtain nursing career placements in many diverse areas.

Admission Entry Options:

Carroll University's Nursing Program provides you with the opportunity to enter the program in one of two ways:

Direct Admission

Individuals matriculate directly from high school to the nursing major with successful completion of:

  1. High school algebra at least through Algebra II, biology, chemistry (C or better)
  2. An ACT of 21 or higher
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  4. English as Second Language applicants are required to take the TOEFL and achieve a score of 79, unless satisfactory SAT/ACT scores are available.

Delayed Admission

Students who enroll at Carroll, having not been admitted to the program through direct admission, may apply upon satisfaction of these criteria:

  1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in college coursework
  2. Earn a professional GPA of 2.75 or higher in college coursework, including completion of BIO130 and CHE101 (BC or higher)
  3. A minimum course grade of BC is required in all coursework used to calculate the professional GPA (BIO130, 140, 212, CHE101, 102, 208, HSC300 and nursing electives).
  4. Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and/or certification needs.

Health Science Bound Initiative

At Carroll University, students interested in a career in health care receive an advantage - our Health Sciences Bound Initiative. Gain access to a team of experienced health sciences academic advisors, activities and experiences that advance your learning in the classroom and in some cases, early admission into select graduate programs. Learn more >>

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