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.

The Carroll University Nursing Program ranks in the top 8 percent in the state of Wisconsin and in the top 10 percent of nursing programs across the country by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX Program Reports. For the past eight years our NCLEX pass rate has been 94-100 percent. In 2017, our nursing graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate which ranked our program as #1 in Wisconsin and #1 across the country from April-September 2017.

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.

“I've gained experiences that will benefit me in many ways.”
— Joy Perry '19

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About the Nursing program

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.

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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.”
— Abbygael Brodbeck '19

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Latest Program News

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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.

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New building honors President Hastad, renovations continue

The new building will significantly transform campus, especially the health and science programs.

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Meet the Faculty

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Lisa Brandt, BSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Elizabeth Bright, RN

Elizabeth Bright, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Lisa Green, MSN

Lisa Green, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Dr. Jamie Hansen

Dr. Jamie Hansen

Interim Chair of the Department of Nursing, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing




Megan Holz, MSN

Megan Holz, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Karla Kwapil

Karla Kwapil

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




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Nicole Mattson, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




James Mikolajczak

James Mikolajczak

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Kelly Raether

Kelly Raether






Michael Rodriques

Michael Rodriques

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




Kathleen Sampson

Kathleen Sampson

Senior Lecturer in Nursing




Susan Schneider, MS

Susan Schneider, MS

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing




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