About the College

We aim to provide creative, flexible programs which integrate theory and practice to meet emerging health education needs of clients and communities. 


The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences has been transforming lives through high-quality nursing education since 1980.  A bachelor of science in nursing program was established in 1983, and a master's degree in nursing was added in 1998, which focused on preparing nurse educators.  Stritch was the first institution of higher education in Wisconsin to offer such a degree.  In April 2003, the college was named in honor of benefactor Ruth S. Coleman, for her continuing support of nursing education.

Vision of the College

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences' vision is to educate 21st century nurse leaders to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to build bridges for a healthier community.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences' is to create a challenging and affirming scholarly community, guided by the Franciscan Values, where faculty and students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that advance health, professional nursing, and healthcare through leadership, learning, and service.

Our Focus

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences aims to provide creative, flexible programs which integrate nursing theory and practices to meet emerging health education needs of clients and communities.  The College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides educational experiences in a Franciscan environment that emphasizes compassion and valuing of the individual to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Programs at Cardinal Stritch University allow students to realize their potential as individuals, professional nurses and responsible members of the world community.