Why Nursing?

Why choose Carroll's Baccalaureate Nursing Program?

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    The Nursing Laboratories at Carroll College are among the best nurse training facilities in the region. From the sophomore year on, Carroll's laboratory equipment and high-fidelity patient simulators allow students to experience the challenges nurses face in many treatment scenarios, from patient assessment to labor and delivery to emergency situations. Yes, it's stressful, but studies show these simulated nursing experiences make graduates of the program less likely to experience performance anxiety once they are out in the real world of nursing. Our students also excel in nursing skills performance, from inserting an IV and installing tubes to catheter care. Challenge now builds confidence when it really matters.
    At Carroll, the faculty is our greatest strength, and nursing students can expect extensive personal attention and guidance from professors in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. In order to ensure the best learning experience for students, Carroll maintains a low faculty-to-student ratio. A Carroll nursing education translates to an intensive internship in the profession. You will enter the profession prepared to succeed in the real world.
    Clinical experience begins in the 200-level nursing courses, so you can apply theoretical knowledge early and make sure this is the career for you.  Clinical occurs in diverse community settings, varying from Helena’s hospitals to public health, assisted-living, long-term care, home visits, and psychiatric and school settings.  Each nursing course at Carroll provides quality, personalized learning experiences and experienced faculty.
    The department of nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation guarantees you as the student that the program has to demonstrate rigorous quality indicators related to the curriculum including student success outcomes, evaluation, faculty qualifications and more. We are also fully approved by the Montana Board of Nursing and this designation is mandatory if you want to be eligible to take the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. These two indicators of quality is what you should look for in choosing a program.
    Because of our outstanding program and depth of training, Carroll nursing graduates possess the knowledge, maturity and clinical skills to be successful practitioners in a wide variety of health care settings. Graduates from a 4-year Baccalaureate nursing program have more career options upon graduation. In addition, Baccalaureate preparation makes a difference as studies show post-operative death rates are drastically lower in facilities with a higher percentage of 4-year nursing graduates on staff.
    Carroll's concentration on holistic health care means our graduates are prepared far beyond basic nursing skills. They emerge ready to take on the challenges of providing the broadest overall care for patients, with an emphasis on both prevention and treatment. Our graduates frequently enter community health professions dedicated to helping people enjoy long lifetimes of good health and shaping the future of U.S. public health policy.
    Alumni surveys of our 1- and 5-year nursing alumni reveal high employer satisfaction. As one employer recently puts it, "The Carroll grads seem to transition more effectively from the student role into work role. Their ability to put into practical application the theory learned is impressive." Or as another employer recently said, "Carroll College produces some of the best nurses I have ever had the pleasure of working with!"
    Because of their excellent critical thinking and communication skills honed through our broad liberal education, Carroll nursing graduates not only become top nurses but also rise to leadership and management positions in hospitals and other health care organizations. As one hospital administrator says, "I have worked with several Carroll College graduates-they seem especially prepared for roles which require additional responsibility and leadership."
    Many Carroll students enjoy prestigious internships at highly competitive programs, including the Mayo Clinic. These internships often translate to jobs upon graduation. Carroll nursing graduates enter the profession in excellent health care facilities nationwide.
    At the center of life and learning on the nursing floor is the Holistic Health Lab and Learning Center.  This space is dedicated to the learning and practice of holistic healing modalities for self care and enhancing the wellness of others.