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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Carthage features an elite curriculum designed to incorporate best practices in the education of professional nurses. Graduates will be recognized for their astute clinical judgment, unfailing ethical practice, and outstanding, compassionate care.

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  • Nursing

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The nursing program at Carthage comprehensively prepares students as entry-level nursing generalists.

Grounded in the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences, the program facilitates students’ understanding of clinical reasoning processes, how to apply those processes to concepts important in delivering nursing care, and how to address healthcare needs across the lifespan and continuum of care to improve health care outcomes.

Students graduate as competent entry-level clinicians, scholars, and leaders in nursing, and are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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Student Opportunities

Clinical Experience

From their first weeks at Carthage, students will be challenged to apply what they learn to patient care situations. During the sophomore year, students will begin clinical work, caring for patients in many different settings — hospitals, homes, schools, and the community. Carthage graduates will have robust clinical experiences on their resumes. Clinical partner sites include:

  • The Simulation Lab is equipped with high-fidelity mannequins. Aurora-Advocate Health System
  • Ascension Health System
  • Hospice Alliance
  • Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital
  • Racine County School System
  • Kenosha Visiting Nurses Association
  • Hospitality Center
  • Brookside Nursing and Rehabilitation of Kenosha
  • Acelero Learning Center
  • Veterans’ Administration Hospital of Milwaukee

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Beyond Borders

Because so much of human behavior is determined by culture, nurses must strive to understand their clients, families, and communities within the context of culture. At Carthage, nursing students will have the opportunity to study abroad, experience other cultures first-hand, and learn more about medical care in other countries.

Opportunities include participating in Carthage’s medical mission trip to Nicaragua or Honduras, where students volunteer in medical clinics.

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Creating Traditions

The Class of 2023 nursing students celebrate during their White Coat Ceremony. The nursing program at Carthage is new, but we are already creating our own traditions. Each year, we hold a White Coat Ceremony for junior students. This ceremony formally admits students to their clinical education and emphasizes their commitment to providing compassionate and excellent nursing care.

As senior students near graduation time, we hold an Honors and Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes individual student excellence in academic and clinical endeavors, as well as excellence in teaching among the faculty. The faculty then bestow upon the students the Carthage Nursing Pin, a symbol of their successful completion of the program and admission to the nursing profession as colleagues.

 

Not Just Professors — Mentors

Carthage nursing faculty pride themselves on being mentors, facilitators, and role models of excellence. The faculty strive to create learning environments and opportunities that will prepare students for the realities of professional practice while providing compassionate nursing education.

Meet our nursing faculty

 

Scholarships Available

Carthage is now offering a full-tuition Nursing Scholarship that will be awarded to one incoming student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This scholarship will be awarded to a promising student who exhibits a desire for excellence in the field and
compassionate, quality patient care. Carthage awards more than $2 million each year in its various scholarship competitions.

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