Carroll University

Face of Nursing Education

Carroll University; (Left to right) Elizabeth Gaessler, Class of ‘23; Brenda Ulmen, PH.D., RN, Clinical Assistant, Professor of Nursing; Payton Severson, Class of ’23; Hannah Martin, Class of ’23; Photo by Linda Smallpage, Boutique Photographer

Carroll University offers some of the top ranked nursing programs in Wisconsin. For the past two years, the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program has achieved a 98% NCLEX pass rate, which is one of the highest rates in Wisconsin. The top-ranked nursing department offers a four-year traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as a two-year associate degree in nursing program, which graduates its first class in August.

“We provide interactive classroom experiences, including high tech simulation, that prepares the nurse for the future health care setting,” says Dr. Teresa Kaul, the chairperson of Carroll’s Nursing Department. “They work in an interdisciplinary approach that extends outside the classroom. Our students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines so that when they graduate, they will not only be great nurses, but they will also be able to work together as a team to achieve superior patient outcomes.”

Last year, the university launched a direct entry master’s program in nursing targeted at folks looking for a career change. This program is for someone who has a bachelor’s degree in a different field and has decided they want to be a nurse. It allows them to achieve their master’s degree in nursing in 21 months. And in June, the university announced its newest nursing degree program, a RN-to-MSN program, offering a master’s degree for people who already have their nursing license.

Every Carroll nursing program integrates classroom, lab, simulation and hands-on experiential clinical opportunities to ensure students are practice-ready when they graduate. The experiential opportunities are made possible through partnerships with several southeastern Wisconsin health care agencies. Carroll nursing faculty bring a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the classrooms and work closely with students throughout the program. “Our goal is that when you encounter a Carroll University nurse, you can tell the difference,” Kaul says.

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