Nursing

The Field
It takes a special kind of individual to dedicate their life to healing and bringing comfort to others. And that’s exactly the type of person that comes to Carroll to study nursing.

Nurses truly are on the front line of health care. They bring a well-rounded skill set and knowledge base that enables them to respond to a wide range of problems while at the same time understanding that every patient is unique. And when nurses complement their healthcare training with the depth that a liberal arts education delivers, they bring an added perspective of the human condition that enhances the care they ultimately deliver.

The Program
The nursing program focuses on a holistic approach to health care, offering an intentional integration of theory and practical application, guided by an accomplished faculty who are passionate about teaching. Students begin their clinical experiences in the 200-level nursing courses, and have access to a broad range of clinical settings—from local hospitals to public health, assisted living, long-term care, home visits, and psychiatric settings. In order to ensure the best learning experience for students, Carroll maintains a low faculty to student ratio. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Carroll College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program is also approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Department of Nursing will pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and enter into the profession of nursing with the following abilities:

1. Integrate knowledge from the sciences, arts and humanities into nursing practice.

2. Critique basic organizational and systems leadership for patient safety and quality care.

3. Utilize theory, research and evidence-based practice to optimize health and well-being.

4. Utilize information management systems and patient care technology.

5. Participation in changing social, political, financial, policy, and regulatory environments that affect nursing and the health care system.

6. Demonstrate excellence in communication, including interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.

7. Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to individuals, families, groups, communities or populations in diverse settings.

8. Assume personal accountability for professionalism and professional values.

9. Uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Montana Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Code of Ethics.

10. Demonstrate Baccalaureate holistic generalist nursing practice across the lifespan.

Why Nursing at Carroll?
Studying nursing at Carroll brings with it a number of distinct advantages. Our diocesan Catholic mission permeates everything we do at Carroll, so you’ll find our nursing students engaging in service activities throughout the year, including through the campus chapter of the Student Nurses Association (CCSNA) and nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).  Beginning their nursing clinical experiences in their second year gives students three years of diverse nursing clinicals integrated with their nursing courses and other liberal arts courses. This allows students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real life situations. This type of program makes learning more exciting and relevant and guides students in the development of the critical thinking skills so essential to being a good nurse. Carroll’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation center provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice clinical skills and simulated patient experiences. Each nursing course at Carroll provides quality, personalized learning experiences with caring, qualified faculty. And you’ll have the opportunity to travel the world, just like the 22 students who recently traveled to India to provide essential care and services.

The Possibilities
The results really do speak for themselves. Graduates of our nursing program achieve NCLEX pass rates above the state and national averages and 100 percent of the qualified 2016 nursing graduates found employment in the field in rural and urban settings within six months of graduating. Nearly half of our 2017 graduates had jobs by the time they graduated! Our graduates are consistently looked upon as leaders, thanks to the critical thinking, communication, and positive attitudes they bring in addition to being skilled caregivers. That’s why you’ll find them being accepted into top graduate-level programs and providing the highest quality care in settings from Montana, to Washington, to Texas, to New York City.