How many applications do you receive per year for the program?
We receive between 400 and 500 applications per year.
How many students do you admit to the program per year?
We aim to admit a cohort of 60-70 students each year.
Can I double major if I’m in the nursing program?
No, it is not advisable to double major unless you intend to spend five years at Carthage.
Can I minor if I’m a nursing major?
It depends on your desired minor. Please contact your academic advisor as early as possible to see if this is possible.
Can I play a competitive sport if I’m a nursing major?
It is possible for some students, depending on the sport, to participate in athletics as a nursing major throughout all four years. However, students should be aware that the degree of difficulty in managing both the sport and the major becomes greater as students progress through the nursing program and begin their clinical rotations. It is also important for nursing majors to remember that they must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better to progress through and graduate from the nursing program. They cannot receive lower than a C in any course. C- is not acceptable for any course taken by a nursing major.
The policy of the Nursing Department, found in the Department’s Student Handbook, is to support students in their extracurricular activities and to work with athletes for reasonable requests to be absent from planned learning experiences. However, given the faculty’s responsibility for preparing competent and safe clinicians, attendance during lecture, lab, and clinical experiences is mandatory. Missing classes, laboratory time, simulation time, or clinical experiences, if persistent and frequent, is not acceptable behavior and would jeopardize a student’s ability to be successful in the program.
It is up to the individual student to be able to determine if they can handle both the nursing major requirements and athletics. Each student’s case is evaluated on an individual basis and will depend on how well the student can organize and manage their time, and ensure they are meeting the attendance requirements for class, lab, and clinical. For example, softball and baseball are probably the most difficult sports to engage in as a nursing major, as softball and baseball athletes are often playing double headers all spring due to weather and may need to be out for games eight hours a day for three days a week. That would interfere significantly with the class and clinical requirements for a nursing student and would likely result in an inability to meet course or clinical objectives.
Athletes are expected to follow the policy as stated in the handbook. It is important that students keep in frequent communication with their nursing faculty, academic advisors, and coaches while engaged in their sport to ensure they are meeting requirements for the major and the sport.
Are there additional fees for the nursing program beyond tuition, room, and board?
Yes. Beginning in the sophomore year, students pay approximately $1,000 per year to cover costs of learning materials, background checks, uniforms, and equipment.
Is there study abroad in the nursing program?
Yes. Students may elect to participate in Carthage’s study tour to Nicaragua during the summer between their junior and senior years. This study tour is focused on health care and provides experience in a health care clinic. Students are also free to take any other J-term study tour abroad, as it fits into their schedule.
Is the program accredited?
The Carthage College Nursing Department is accredited to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and has permission from the Wisconsin Board of Nursing to admit students. Final approval will come from the Wisconsin Board of Nursing once the first cohort of nursing students graduate from the program and take the licensing examination.
In addition, nursing programs seek accreditation from external agencies to demonstrate the quality of their programs. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carthage College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. CCNE’s accreditation team visit is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2, 2018.
Where do students get their clinical experiences in the program?
We have partnerships with United Hospitals, Aurora and Aurora Behavioral Health in Kenosha, the Kenosha County Health Department, Visiting Nurses Association of Kenosha, Hospice Alliance, and Milwaukee Veterans Administration, as well as several long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. Most clinical sites are within a 30-mile radius of Carthage. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.
Does the program use simulation?
Yes. Simulation (both high-fidelity mannequins and standardized patients) are utilized in the program and are guided by National League of Nursing standards for best practices in simulation research. The Nursing Learning Laboratories, which include the Simulation Lab and Skills Lab, are located in Lentz Hall.
Learn more about the Nursing Learning Laboratories
Who will be teaching in the program?
The Nursing Department faculty are highly qualified and the majority hold doctoral degrees in nursing. They all have significant clinical and leadership experiences that provide for a rich background to inform their teaching. Our faculty view students as junior colleagues and are committed to our students’ success in college and in the profession.