Nursing

Cardinal Stritch University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment. It is delivered in a semester format with classes meeting in the daytime. Students are admitted directly to the program if selected after completing admission requirements. Once admitted, students are guaranteed required program courses so that they may complete the degree in four years if academic requirements are met. The curriculum includes foundation courses in the arts and sciences as well as nursing courses designed to guide students in achieving expected student outcomes.

Students receive classroom, lab, and clinical learning experiences which emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. Students that complete the BSN program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) located at One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530 Washington DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Day
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 120
​●  Cost per Credit: $900

Curriculum and Expected Student Outcomes

Semester I Courses
  • First Semester Seminar (3 cr.)
  • BL 111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)
  • CORE Elective (3 cr.)
  • CA 108 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
  • EN 101 Persuasive Writing (CH 107 Fundamental Chemistry, if needed, or Elective) (3 cr.)
Semester II Courses
  • NUR 110 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • BL 112 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr.)
  • PS 190 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.)
  • Moral/Ethical Reasoning elective (PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics recommended) (3 cr.)
Semester III Courses
  • NUR 210 Health Assessment (4  (3/1) cr.*)
  • NUR 212 Pathophysiology I (3 cr.)
  • ED 203 Principles of Health in Teaching (3 cr.)
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BL 203 Microbiology Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • EN 102 Research Writing (3 cr.)
Semester IV Courses
  • NUR 222 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
  • NUR 224 Adult/Geriatric Health - Chronic Care (6 (4/2) cr.**)
  • MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences (3 cr.)
  • BU 209 Healthcare Economics (3 cr.)
Semester V Courses
  • NUR 300 Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • NUR 310 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NUR 314 Mental Health (4 cr.)
  • NUR 420 Population Focused Health (4 cr.**)
Semester VI Courses     
  • NUR 322 Maternal Newborn Health (4 (3/1) cr.**)
  • NUR 324 Pediatric Health (3 cr.)
  • CORE class (3 cr.)
  • CORE class (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
Semester VII Courses
  • NUR 410 Pathophysiology II (2 cr.)
  • NUR 412 Adult/Geriatric Health - Acute Care - (7 (3/4) cr.**) 
  • NUR 414 Holism and Diversity (3 cr.)
  • Nursing elective (2 cr., choose 1) either NUR 415 Critical Care Nursing (2 cr.) or NUR 417 Spiritual Health (2 cr.)  
Semester VIII Courses
  • NUR 424 Leadership for Change (3 cr.)
  • NUR 428 Transition into Professional Practice (6 (2/4) cr.**)
  • CA 340 Professional Communication (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
*This course has 1 credit of lab which equals 2 hours a week of lab time
**This course has a clinical component which equals 3 hours per week for every 1 credit of clinical
BSN Program Expected Student Outcomes

F:        Incorporate Franciscan Values and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in academic and practice settings.

R:        Use research and evidence-based practice as a basis for planning and providing care.

A1:       Practice according to the ANA Nursing: Scope and standards of practice and the CONHS Standards of Conduct; abides by the legal standards as defined by state nurse practice acts and federal regulations.

N1:       Provide developmentally appropriate nursing care across the continuum of healthcare environments.

C1:       Collaborate and communicate with the patient and the healthcare team to maximize health outcomes.

I:         Use information management and the application of patient care technology to provide quality care.

S:         Demonstrate leadership by influencing others to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and provide quality care.
 
C2:      Provide culturally competent and holistic nursing care to diverse patients.

A2:      Advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

N2:       Demonstrate knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments to improve patient outcomes.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

High School Applicants

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or 250 GED.
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 21, or SAT CR+M score of 980.
Transfer Applicants
  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college-level coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions; and Successful completion (C or better) of college-level English and Math or placement into college-level English and Math.

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Letter of Good Standing
    If currently or previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution, a letter of good standing must be submitted from the institution.  
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Applicants who meet the Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission requirements are admitted directly into the program.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985
 

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.
 

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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