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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees is predicted to climb by 40 percent by 2010.
  • 100 percent of graduates who wish to work obtain nursing career placements in many diverse areas.


  • 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.
  • Nursing applicants will be eligible for the ProHealth Care Scholar Program.


  • The 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.
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