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).
Liberal Arts Foundation = Essential Breadth of Knowledge
As a liberal arts college, Carthage emphasizes educating the whole person; students are pushed to think critically and creatively, and to make connections across disciplines in order to truly understand and solve problems.
Students in the Carthage BSN program will find this emphasis at the core of their education. Nursing is a human science; understanding the human condition is key to success in the field. Carthage nursing students will learn flexibility of thinking and excellent clinical judgment. They will graduate with a breadth of knowledge that expands beyond medical expertise to social, psychosocial, and cultural understanding.
Think Beyond the Hospital: Comprehensive, Hands-on Education
Many people think that nurses work only in hospitals or clinics. In fact, nurses work in many health care environments. Carthage’s Nursing Department prepares its graduates to identify the possible contributions that nursing can have in any situation, and then to plan and provide for those needs.
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.
The curriculum delivers nearly 1,100 hours of clinical experience by the time a student graduates.
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.
“This is not just a degree; this is a profession. Our students aren’t just learning things for the sake of getting a BSN; they’re learning how to be professionals. When these students graduate, get licensed, and have ‘RN’ behind their name, they have a huge amount of responsibility on their shoulders almost from Day 1. They must have a deep understanding of the profession of nursing and its expectations.
That will come from the faculty.”
— Frank Hicks, Carthage Director of Nursing