Acquire the scientific background and clinical skills to prepare for top-level positions in your field with our baccalaureate degree in nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Indiana State Board of Nursing. The nursing program is also a member organization of American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
You'll enjoy unique opportunities to develop real-world skills, and gain valuable clinical experience under the supervision of qualified faculty members in small classes. Clinical learning begins in your sophomore year and continues through your senior year in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health departments, and community settings.
Also, there are many opportunities for experience outside of the classroom. Faculty members work with juniors and seniors applying for externships. A recent student was awarded a summer externship in cardiovascular and vascular surgery at the University of Michigan. Others have undertaken externships at the Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve MetroHealth System.
You'll follow a rigorous four-year program of study, including liberal arts and professional nursing courses, as well as valuable, hands-on clinical experience, with a focus on chemistry and biology. Training emphasizes leadership ability, respect for the spiritual dimensions of health care, and a solid foundation in the liberal arts.
The senior comprehensive examination is typically administered during the final semester of the senior year. The exam is computer-based, simulating the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
Advanced writing proficiency is evaluated within the major during your senior year. A designated course paper is submitted for review and is evaluated for demonstration of professional writing proficiency.
You'll be prepared to take the National Council of Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered professional nurse. (A recent graduating class had a 100% pass rate on the first try). Thanks to exceptional training and the high demand for nurses, a broad range of opportunities will be available to you both in the nursing profession and in graduate education. In fact, you can follow up your baccalaureate degree with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Saint Mary's. You'll benefit from Saint Mary's student-centered approach to education and emphasis on relationship-based care at the graduate level, and emerge with a powerful degree that will allow you to improve lives.