The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides students a liberal arts education coupled with a strong science foundation, a valuable combination within the healthcare field. Nursing majors experience a variety of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences with an emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations.
Nursing students learn the skills, knowledge, and Christian values necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care. The program also prepares students for continued education in graduate school.
WLC nursing majors operate in four core domains: spiritual, ethical, intellectual, and social. There are a variety of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences with an emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations. Students get hands-on experience in WLC’s nursing simulation lab. Other topics covered in the program focus on aging, childbearing, pediatrics, mental health, community health, and leadership.
What Makes the Program Distinctive?
Above all, this program emphasizes service to others. Grounded in the principles of servant leadership, WLC nursing students build a strong science foundation in a Christian setting. WLC nursing students do so with a high level of success, often receiving job offers prior to graduation.
ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH
Local Clinical Opportunities
Students have clinical experiences at inpatient rehabilitation units, assisted living facilities, elementary schools, long-term care, and occupational health and community settings. Froedtert Hospital (a Level 1 Trauma Center) and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, located across the street from WLC, provide opportunities for students to regularly participate in acute care settings.
The nursing program is located in Generac Hall. This 81,700-square-foot facility allows undergrads to experience state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that students at many other institutions would not have access to until graduate school. Nursing majors receive training in the nursing lab, which includes moderate-fidelity human patient simulators, and six individual patient care areas and workstations. The simulators allow students to take vital signs, hear heart and lung sounds, care for wounds, and set up IVs, practicing their skills before treating real patients.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Students can participate in a preceptorship, which provides them with 120 hours of one-on-one training. The role is great for fostering future job offers and offers students a chance to have real-world nursing experience under the guidance of a seasoned professional. This experience often leads to job offers before graduation.
As part of their required curriculum, nursing students travel to Zambia at the end of their junior year to study the implementation of health care programs across the globe. While there, they observe medical practices and procedures in local clinics and hospitals, learn about diverse cultures, and conduct health education programs.
GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS
A WLC nursing degree, along with real-world experience, provides the necessary background for admission to most graduate school programs.
A bachelor's degree in nursing from WLC may lead to a successful career in a wide range of settings including community clinics, urban or rural hospitals, and resource-poor countries. Nursing majors at WLC are being offered jobs prior to graduation due to the reputation the program has earned for producing students who show integrity and are caring and professional. WLC nursing alumni currently hold desirable positions in emergency rooms, intensive care units, trauma units, OB-GYN units, and oncology units. They currently work at Froedtert Hospital, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, as well as a variety of other settings throughout the nation.
NURSING PROGRAM EARLY ADMISSION
Wisconsin Lutheran College recognizes the highly competitive nature of collegiate nursing programs. The early admission process is designed for highly motivated nursing candidates who are currently progressing through their senior year of high school to ensure them of a spot in the college's widely respected nursing program.