College of Nursing

New milestones in College of Nursing history: In 2011, initial accreditation for the maximum five years of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program was granted from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. And, the first class of DNP graduates earned their doctoral degrees at commencement in May. Two more classes of MSN-to-DNP cohorts currently are progressing through the 28-credit, post-master’s curriculum. The first class of BSN-to-DNP students begins in fall 2012. For eight quarters in a row, the undergraduate student performance on NCLEX RN has been at 95 percent or above. This is among the best in the state of Wisconsin.

In spring 2011, the CON faculty piloted the first community health clinical course in Peru. The experience was an enthusiastic success and plans are in place for yearly spring offerings. Community health experiences in India continue each fall interim (December–January). In December 2012, another pilot is planned for Chennai, India: adult health in two different hospital systems (private and public). Preparing culturally competent nurses with an understanding of the global world becomes easier via hands-on international learning experiences. Students frequently comment about how an international clinical course enhances their thinking and communication skills in ways not possible via a local clinical learning experience.

First Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates earned their doctoral degrees in May 2012.

Undergraduate student performance on the NCLEX RN licensure exam continues at 95 percent or above.

Undergraduate clinical community health courses are held in India and Peru each year that are recognized for contributions to the healthcare of patients and complex learning outcomes for students. Faculty and Student Research Teams are partnering with local health care agencies to carry out evidence based practice clinical studies.