Upon graduation, students who earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepare to take the National Council of Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as registered professional nurses. Saint Mary's College alumnae have gone on to become registered nurses, nursing professors, certified nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and surgical nurses.

Our nursing graduates are emergency, oncology, pediatrics, and transplant nurses; nurse practitioners, an RN clinical nursing instructor, and pharmaceutical sales representatives for companies and institutions like Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Pharmacia Corporation, and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Nursing majors have pursued advanced degrees at Saint Mary's College, Duquesne University, Indiana University, New York University, and Valparaiso University. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice program allows you to pursue Saint Mary's student-centered, relationship-based care approach to nursing education at the graduate level. With a unique curriculum that includes courses on social entrepreneurship and data analytics, you'll emerge ready to devise solutions to unmet healthcare needs - and lead meaningful change in a complex system.  

The Career Crossings Office can provide you with more information about life after Saint Mary's and provide you with the guidance and tools to help you reach your goals.

Nursing Science Program Learning Outcomes

Based on the mission and philosophy of the Saint Mary's Department of Nursing Science program, the outcomes for the graduate of the Saint Mary's College Department of Nursing Science are:

  • Integrate a broad liberal arts, spiritually-based education within the Catholic tradition with the promotion of health and well-being for people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Provide relationship-centered, state-of-the-art nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities that is informed by professional nursing standards.
  • Integrate scholarly inquiry and evidence-based research into professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize leadership principles and management strategies to influence health care quality and health policy within care delivery systems. 
  • Employ communication and collaboration skills to develop effective teams and partnerships with diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and members of the health care team.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills and disciplinary knowledge in clinical decision-making and evaluation of nursing practice.
  • Engage in the processes of self-evaluation, life-long learning, professional practice, social justice, and service.