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.

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2018 graduates achieved 100 percent NCLEX pass rate

 
“I've gained experiences that will benefit me in many ways.”
— 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, participate in simulation based education, and work in clinical settings to further your expertise to prepare for a rewarding career. As you move through the program you’ll choose to focus your end of program capstone experience in areas such as medical-surgical, pediatric, palliative care, psychiatric or intensive care.

You’ll begin nursing courses and participate in simulation based education and lab skill development, 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 in the program. 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 clinical 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 Long Term Care facilities, caring primarily for geriatric clients, and in the third and fourth year, you will transition to the medical-surgical units in acute care 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.

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 laboratory facilities, better preparing them to care for patients in the clinical setting.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carroll University 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. In 2018, Carroll University program ranked well above the national and state average for percentage of graduates passing the exam. In the past 8 quarters (2 years) 98% of Carroll Nursing students passed the NCLEX RN licensure exam on first attempt.

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 2014. 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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“The amount of knowledge I've learned at Carroll has been incredible.”
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Meet the Faculty

Elizabeth Bright, MSN

Elizabeth Bright, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Lori Cronin, DNP, RN, CNE

Lori Cronin, DNP, RN, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor / Nursing Pipeline Administrator
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/Clinical Simulation Director
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
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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 - Clinical Education Coordinator
Michael Rodriques, MSN

Michael Rodriques, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Clinical Associate Professor - MSN Program Director
Kathleen Sampson, MSN

Kathleen Sampson, MSN

Senior Lecturer in Nursing
Susan Schneider, MSN

Susan Schneider, MSN

Lecturer in Nursing
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