Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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).
The nursing program at Carthage is new, but we are already creating our own traditions. Each year, as sophomore students begin their clinical rotations, we hold a White Coat Ceremony. This ceremony formally admits students to their clinical education and emphasizes their commitment to providing compassionate and excellent patient care. During this ceremony, students don their white lab coats for the first time, a symbol of their dedication to excellence in clinical 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.
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 nearly 1,200 hours of clinical experience on their resumes. Clinical partner sites include:
- Aurora-Advocate Health System
- Ascension Health System
- St. Catherine’s (Part of the Wisconsin College of Medicine)
- Froedtert South (Part of the Wisconsin College of Medicine)
- Racine County School System
- Kenosha Visiting Nurses Association
- Hospitality House
- Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation of Kenosha
- Brookside Nursing and Rehabilitation of Kenosha
- Acelero Learning Center
- Veterans’ Administration Hospital of Milwaukee
Because so much of a patient’s behavior is determined by culture, nurses must strive to understand their patients within the context of their patients’ cultures. 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 currently include participating in Carthage’s twice-yearly medical mission trip to Nicaragua, where students volunteer in rural medical clinics on the island of Ometepe. Future opportunities are being planned for additional study tours.
Not Just Professors — Mentors
Carthage nursing faculty pride themselves on being mentors and facilitators, viewing nursing students as junior colleagues. The faculty strive to create learning environments and opportunities that will prepare students for the realities of professional practice.