Angela Brindowski Department Chair and
Clinical Assistant Professor
JoAnn Browne Lecturer
Joyce A. Ennis Clinical Assistant Professor
Lisa Green

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jamie Hansen Clinical Assistant Professor
Megan Holz Clinical Assistant Professor
Karie Ruekert Kobiske Clinical Assistant Professor
Laurie Kunkel-Jordan Clinical Assistant Professor
Linda Phillips Clinical Assistant Professor
Kathy Sampson Lecturer
Jill Switalski Laboratory Coordinator

Carroll University offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Established in fall of 2002, the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, has ongoing approval of the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. Carroll University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The Higher Learning Commission                                                                      Department of Regulation and Licensing
North Central Association                                                                                 Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400                                                                       1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 166
Chicago, IL 60602                                                                                           Madison, WI 53708
Phone: 800.621.7440

National League for Nursing (NLN)                                                                     NLN Accrediting Commission
61 Broadway, 33rd Floor                                                                                  61 Broadway, 33rd floor
New York, New York 10006                                                                               New York, New York 10006
                                                                                                                     Phone: 800.669.1656

American Association of Colleges                                                                      Commission on Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 531                                                                      One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530                      
Washington, DC 20036                                                                                     Washington, DC 20036
                                                                                                                      Phone: 202.887.6791

  • Mission of the Nursing Program

    Mission of the Nursing Program

    The Carroll University nursing program builds on Carroll University's mission of providing a superior educational opportunity to our students, one grounded in the liberal arts tradition and focused on career preparation and lifelong learning. Nursing practice is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. Nursing practice derives knowledge from a wide array of other fields and disciplines, adapting and applying this knowledge as appropriate to professional practice. It is the mission of the Carroll University nursing program to prepare nurses for professional practice in a variety of settings, preparing them to take on characteristics that will allow them to function in the generalist professional nursing role.

  • Philosophy and Vision of the Nursing Program

    Philosophy of the Nursing Program

    Our philosophy, in preparing professional nurses at the generalist level, is to provide grounding in the liberal arts in addition to career preparation. The educational process must allow for diversity, curiosity, and difference of opinion, but must not allow for indifference or neglect of academic rigor. We expect nursing students to focus on and connect nursing to every general education or liberal studies course. However, it is in clinical practice that the student will demonstrate patterns of professional behaviors that follow the legal and ethical codes of nursing and promote the actual or potential well being of patients. The promotion of health and wellness is a focus  of all nursing practice, but nurses, more than any other health care discipline, takes care of the sick; therefore, acute care experience is a necessary background for any generalist practice setting and is a focus  of generalist education. We believe nursing students are best served when they are educated in a variety of settings to provide care to diverse populations across all environments. The promotion of health and wellness, the prevention of injury and restoration of health are accomplished for a diversity of socio-economic, racial and ethnic populations in all settings.

    Nursing faculty at Carroll University believe students are individuals who come with learning preferences, different experiences, varied goals, and therefore, have unique learning needs. Active learning is a teaching/learning partnership. The faculty recognizes that learning is a lifelong process and that undergraduate education is the beginning of the progression from novice to expert nurse. The baccalaureate program prepares the student to enter professional nursing practice as a beginning provider of nursing care in a variety of settings, cultivates a commitment to professional development, and provides the foundation for graduate study.

    Our philosophy requires that the curriculum be responsive to the community of interest.  To accomplish our mission, we consider it necessary to be flexible, to change quickly as society needs and technology changes. The program  has been designed to be flexible in progression and sequencing, without sacrificing academic rigor. The conceptual framework, developed by nursing faculty, organizes the curriculum in a logical progression over the length of the program. The overviews in each course syllabus will illustrate how the essential components of professional nursing education are used in that course to prepare students to take on the characteristics that will allow them to function in the professional nursing role. Course objectives will demonstrate the achievement necessary for the student, at each level of the curriculum, to evidence competency as they progress.

    Vision of the Carroll University Nursing Program

    Be a leader of Baccalaureate Nursing education among Liberal Arts Universities in Wisconsin.


  • Program Outcomes

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program, the graduate nurse will:

    I. Value a solid base in liberal education as the cornerstone of nursing practice and education.
    II. Operationalize knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality healthcare.
    III. Model professional nursing practice that is grounded in the translation of current evidence into practice.
    IV. Integrate knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
    V. Recognize and distinguish healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, which influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.
    VI. Effectively communicate and collaborate to deliver high quality and safe patient care.
    VII. Incorporate the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level.
    VIII. Internalize professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice.
    IX.  Practice as a baccalaureate-graduate nurse
         a. prepared to deliver care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
         b. understanding and respecting the variations of care, the increased complexity and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.

  • Academic Progression Standards

    The academic progression standards for the nursing program are presented in the Academic Program and Policies section of this Catalog.

  • Technical Standards

    Technical Standards for Admission to and Progression in the Carroll
    University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

    Successful participation in the Carroll University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program requires that a candidate possess the ability to meet the requirements of the program. Though the program may modify certain course requirements in order to provide a handicapped1 person with an equivalent opportunity to achieve results equal to those of a non-handicapped person, there are no substitutes for the following essential skills. The applicant/candidate must initially meet these requirements to gain admission to the program and must also continue to meet them throughout participation in the program.

    General Ability: The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing and smell so that data received by the senses is integrated, analyzed and synthesize in a consistent and accurate manner. The student is expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration and movement in order to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations.

    Observational Ability: The student must have the ability to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of clinical/laboratory activities and patient care experiences. The student must be able to document these observations accurately.

    Communication Ability: The student must communicate effectively verbally and non- verbally to obtain information and explain that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, family members and other members of the health care team. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, presents information in a professional manner and provide patient instruction to effectively care for patients and their families.

    Motor Ability: The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide complete physical assessments and provide safe effective care for patients. The student is expected to have psychomotor skills necessary to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medication and emergency interventions including CPR if necessary. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving and physical exertion required for safe patient care. Students must be able to bend, squat, reach, kneel or balance. Clinical settings may require that students have the ability to carry and lift loads from the floor, from 12 inches from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead. The student must be able to occasionally lift 50 pounds, frequently lift 25 pounds and constantly lift 10 pounds. The student is expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium and have the physical strength and stamina to perform satisfactorily in clinical settings.

    Intellectual:  Conceptual Ability: The student must have the ability to develop problem- solving skills essential to professional nursing practice. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate reason, analyze, synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions in a timely manner that reflects thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. The student must demonstrate application of these skills and possess the ability to incorporate new information from peers, instructors and the nursing/ healthcare literature to formulate sound judgment to establish care plans and priorities in patient care activities.

    Behavioral and Social Attributes: The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, complete assessment and intervention activities. Compassion, integrity, motivation and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing program. The student must fully utilize intellectual capacities that facilitate prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationship with patients and other members of the healthcare team. The ability to establish rapport and maintain interpersonal relationships with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; and effectively collaborate in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team.

    Ability to Manage Stressful Situations: The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in relation to stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing program. These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer and/or program related.

    Background Check: Clinical facilities require that Carroll University perform background checks on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background  check performed before being allowed into clinical practice

    Evaluation: Carroll University may require that the applicant/student undergo a physical examination and/or an occupational skills evaluation. The University will endeavor to select and administer evaluations which accurately reflect the applicant’s/candidate’s aptitude or achievement level rather than the applicant’s/candidate’s handicap.  A handicapped applicant/candidate shall not, on the basis of his or her handicap (except those which would preclude the essential skills outlined above) be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, nor be subjected to discrimination in the program.

     1. Handicapped as defined by the federal government pursuant to SS 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.



  • Caregiver Background Check

    Caregiver Background Check

    The applicant/candidate/student must complete a Background  Information Disclosure Form prior to clinical placement in the program. The university intends to fully comply with  the  requirements  of the  Wisconsin  Caregiver  Background  Check  Law  which requires hospitals and other health care and treatment entities to perform background checks on all persons who have direct, regular contact with clients. Certain convictions may prevent or significantly limit the ability of the university to place a student in a clinical program resulting in the student being unable to meet the university’s graduation requirements. The university reserves the right to reject the application of a candidate or remove a student from the program if the university determines that the results of the caregiver background check demonstrate that the applicant/student does not exhibit behavior and social attributes consistent with the program’s Technical Standards.

  • Carroll University Health Policy for Nursing Students

    Health Policy for Nursing Students

    Prior to the first clinical placement each student must show evidence that they are able to meet the requirements of the nursing program. These requirements include current health history, immunization and physical examination data. In addition, all students must have on file current CPR certification and a caregiver background check.

    • Evidence of the completed history and exam must be on file before the onset of the first clinical experience. The University Physical Examination and Immunization record meets the history and exam requirement for the nursing program.
    • Students may have the exam and screening completed with a private physician or nurse practitioner.
    • It is not necessary to repeat the physical exam every year if there is no change in the student’s heath status.
    • An annual TB skin test is required before clinical experience.
    • Some clinical partners require a urine drug screen. The urine drug screen can be completed at the Carroll University Health Center.
    • Cost of the physical exam, immunizations, and drug screen is the responsibility of the student.
    • Students who have not complied with the health policy will not be allowed in any clinical site.

  • Time Commitment

    Time Commitment

    The Nursing Program is rigorous, labor intensive, and requires more time and commitment than many other areas of study. Clinical nursing courses require a minimum of 3 hours of direct clinical experience per semester credit hour. This does not include time that is required for travel, clinical preparation at the assigned clinical agency or study prior to or after the clinical experience. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students in the Nursing Program limit their employment and/or involvement in non-student related activities. Students are expected to be available Monday through Friday throughout the academic year. Students will be expected to participate in clinical experiences that occur on weekends and on shifts other than day shifts (0700-1530). Students in the capstone experience must understand that their clinical experience may be evenings or night shifts and/or weekend shifts.

  • Clinical Nursing Core Requirements

    Clinical Nursing Core Requirements

    All applicants must be in good health and free from communicable diseases and be able to carry out the functions of a professional nurse as specified in the Technical Standards. Students must maintain current immunizations, CPR certification and professional liability insurance. Additional tests may be required by specific agencies in which the student has clinical experiences. The program will  notify students when such tests are required. Students who fail to comply will not be allowed in clinical. All costs associated with clinical requirements is the responsibility of the student.

    Nursing courses begin during the freshman year allowing early participation in clinical service learning activities. Students will have diverse service learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings.

    The number of hours spent in laboratory (including clinical) experience varies from semester to semester and is based on one (1) semester credit being equal to three (3) hours of clinical per week.
    Approximate time commitment for clinical courses:

    200 level – 6 hours/week for one semester
    300 level Junior year – 15 hours/week during both semesters
    400 level Senior year – 15 hours/week during both semesters

  • Policy Statement on Student Attendance at Clinical

    Policy Statement on Student Attendance

    Learning resource centers for student learning and testing are available.  The nursing laboratory provides space and resources for students to practice and test their mastery of psychomotor skills used in patient care. The Carroll Library Learning Commons has a range of resources to support the nursing curriculum. The Walter Young Center provides personal counseling and the Study Center offers students opportunities to strengthen academic skills.   All students should work closely with their advisor in planning their programs

  • Learning and Study Resources

    Learning and Study Resources

    Learning resource centers for student learning and testing are available. The nursing laboratory provides space and resources for students to practice and test their mastery of psychomotor skills used in patient care. The Carroll Library Learning Commons has a range of resources to support the nursing curriculum. The Walter Young Center provides personal counseling and the Study Center offers students opportunities to strengthen academic skills.   All students should work closely with their advisor in planning their programs.

  • Fees


    Undergraduate tuition and other fees apply to nursing  students. A program fee of $525.00 per year is also assessed for proficiency testing, disposable  supplies, and equipment maintenance.

  • Licensure Examination

    Licensure Examination

    Upon completion of all program requirements, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). A graduate must pass this examination to be licensed and practice as a registered nurse (RN).

    Although, no nursing program can guarantee success on the NCLEX-RN examination, the Carroll nursing curriculum integrates preparation for the licensure exam through-out the nursing program.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Major (57 credits)

    Nursing courses build on the knowledge gained from liberal arts background in humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. The overall objective of the program is to provide students with the ability to critically apply knowledge of nursing art and science to improve the quality of health and health care in the communities they serve.

  • Curricular Modifications for the Registered Nurse

    Students who are registered nurses through an associate degree program will follow the same degree requirements as all of the Carroll University students with the following curricular modifications to acknowledge the scholarship and competence the Registered Nurse already possesses. Completion students may earn up to 34 nursing credits from previous nursing course work upon successful completion or challenge of NRS 230, Health Assessment and NRS 236, Human Pathophysiologic Responses.

    A registered nurse student applying for admission to Carroll University submits a writ- ten plan for completion of the BSN. The plan will comment on his/her self identified professional and academic strengths and weaknesses and further indicate his/her current professional interest area(s) and area of employment. The written statement assists the nurse advisor in helping the student create the most meaningful curricular plan. Registered nurse students are required to select course groupings that lead to some focus of career interest. They should select an appropriate emphasis in the liberal studies to enhance their chosen area of nursing practice. Students will consult with their assigned nursing advisor regarding the most appropriate course selections. The nursing faculty will attempt to work closely with the RN student in focusing their clinical experiences in an area of interest to the RN.

  • Major Courses

    The list below displays all the courses offered by the major:

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