Department of Nursing Science
Help and care for others with compassion
As a nursing student, you will learn to approach the patient and their family with compassion, to treat and care for him or her using all aspects of a Saint Mary’s education. The rigorous coursework and clinical instruction you’ll take as a nursing student emphasize relationship-centered nursing care with individuals, families, groups, and communities informed by professional nursing standards.
You will be prepared to care for patients in a variety of settings — hospitals, doctor’s offices, schools, and community organizations. There are no limits to how you can use your nursing degree. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is high in demand and the nursing department at Saint Mary’s will provide you will the knowledge and skills to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and earn those five letters after your name: BSN, RN.
Study or work as a nurse abroad
You can accomplish your dreams of becoming a nurse, and broaden your perspective by traveling part of the world. The rigors of nursing school often don’t allow students to venture abroad, but at Saint Mary’s, we will work with you to make your dreams a reality. The nursing department makes it possible for students to study abroad in the fall semester of their sophomore year.
If a traditional semester program isn’t the best fit for you, there are many summer options including a nursing specific program in Africa. Our close relationship with the Sisters of the Holy Cross provides a unique partnership with the Sisters located in Uganda. Each summer, nursing students travel with faculty member Dr. Juliana Mwose and Dr. Tracy Anderson to Uganda to work in clinics and conduct research.
- 91% of graduates one-year-out are employed or enrolled in graduate school
- 8 students in a clinical rotation
- 95% of 2017 graduates passes the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
Serve our local community
Saint Mary’s student nurses complete clinical hours during their junior and senior years in two local hospitals — Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph Hospital — as well as many sites in the community including the Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries, local schools, and more. Student nurses are recognized for their navy blue uniforms and respected for the knowledge they bring to the places they serve. In small clinical groups of eight, student nurses learn valuable skills in a hands-on setting with a variety of patients.
Become a well-rounded nurse
An education in the liberal arts tradition means that you become more than just a nurse. It means that you examine a variety of perspectives and areas of study that make you a well-rounded person with excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Along with specialized classes, it’s why so many Saint Mary’s graduates have leadership roles within their chosen career paths.
In order to be able to have the most impact, communication is key. For this reason Sister Maureen Grady, CSC, teaches a communication course to nursing students to help enhance their communication skills with patients and their families. Compassion is at the heart of caring for others and a strong value of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the sponsors of Saint Mary’s.
Earn a doctorate in nursing
In addition to having a strong undergraduate nursing program, the department also offers the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. You can build on your bachelor’s degree with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Saint Mary's College directly after you receive your BSN. Unique to this program are courses in social entrepreurship and data analytics, which prepare you for innovative thinking and practice change. You’ll benefit from Saint Mary's student-centered approach to education and emphasis on relationship-based patient care at the graduate level. You’ll emerge with a powerful degree that will allow you to improve lives. Learn more about the DNP Program.