Nov 27, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Nursing

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Chairperson: Teresa Kaul, Chair
Associate Professor(s):
Assistant Professor(s):

Telephone: 262-650-4924
Fax: 262-574-2618


Kristin Anderson Cronin Clinical Assistant Professor/Nursing Coordinator of Community Health Education Services
Elizabeth Bright Clinical Assistant Professor
Lori Cronin Clinical Assistant Professor/Associate Degree Program Direction
Lisa Green Clinical Assistant Professor/Faulty Development
Jamie Hansen Clinical Associate Professor
Megan Holz Clinical Associate Professor/Simulation Director
Afsaneh Jahn-Peyma Instructional Faculty
Teresa Kaul Chair of the Nursing Department Clinical Associate Professor
Rachele Mead Lecturer
James Mikolajczak Clinical Assistant Professor
Eva Nitka Instructional Faculty
Sonia Pacheco UCC/CU Student Health Clinic nurse
Kelly Raether Lecturer/Clinical Coordinator
Virginia Riggs Instructional Faculty
Michael Rodriques Clinical Assistant Professor
Karie Ruekert Kobiske Clinical Associate Professor/MSN Program Director
Kathy Sampson Distinquished Lecturer
Susan M. Schneider Lecturer
Jill Switalski Laboratory Coordinator
Pam Ziolkowski UCC/CU Student Health Clinic Nurse

Carroll University Department of Nursing offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Established in fall of 2002, the baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carroll University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791. The nursing department 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 North Central Association
30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 800.621.7440

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Wisconsin State Board of Nursing DSPS
PO Box 8366 Madison, WI 53708-8366

National League for Nursing (NLN)
2600 Virginia Ave, NW Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20037

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accrediation (CNEA)
2600 Virgina Ave, NW Eighth floor
Washington, DC 20037

American Association of Colleges Nursing
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carroll University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate of Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001

Mission of the Nursing Program

The Carroll University Nursing Program prepares students, in diverse settings, for professional nursing practice and other global pursuits.

Philosophy and Vision 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.

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. Or, click here  for a direct link.

Reapplication Policy for Dismissed or Withdrawn Students

Please see Academic and Program Policies   to view the policy.

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

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


Prior to the first clinical placement each student must show evidence that they are able to meet the clinical 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. The nursing student handbook lists all health and immunization clinical requirements. If an exception to the immunization requirements is approved, the University cannot guarantee that its affiliated hospitals and clinics will allow the student to participate in patient care, which is a fundamental requirement of the clinical education component of the Nursing Program. Students manage clinical requirements through CastleBranch, a certified, confidential profile system that students will use well into their nursing careers.


  • Evidence of the completed history and exam and immunization record must be on file before the onset of the first clinical experience. The University Health History and Physical Examination form meets the history and exam clinical experience requirement.
  • Clinical partners require the History and physical exam be completed and signed by a physician or nurse practitioner. The physical exam can be completed at the Carroll University Health Center.
  • It is not necessary to repeat the physical exam every year if there is no change in the student’s heath status.
  • Before your first clinical placement one of the following is required: Two step TB skin test (1-3 weeks apart) or QuantiFeron Gold blood test or if you have a history of a positive TB skin test, provide a negative Chest XRay report. An annual Tuberculosis screening questionnaire is used when a student has a positive TB screening and a negative CXR on file.
  • 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

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.

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