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Nursing Major

Our nursing program emphasizes critical thinking, clinical judgment and service to others. A nursing student can expect to be engaged in both theoretical and practical learning. You will spend time in the classroom studying the sciences, humanities and the fundamentals of nursing and health care delivery, and you will also apply this knowledge in the lab and during clinicals. Direct patient care experience is an essential component of a Stritch nursing degree that prepares students for career success.  

Why Stritch Nursing

Hear from two Stritch students.

Dr. Jacobson

Dr. Gloria Jacobson is a leading voice in Milwaukee health care

Have you seen our dean? Dr. Gloria Jacobson, dean of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, shares her knowledge with Milwaukeeans every Tuesday on local Fox affiliate, Fox6. Her popular morning news segment highlights practical tips for keeping our mental health in check during these COVID-impacted times. 

Stritch is blessed to have her knowledge and leadership guiding the College every day. 

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Why now is a great time to earn your BSN

With more than three times as many RNs in the United States as physicians, nurses deliver an extended array of healthcare services. Primary and preventive care is provided by nurses and nurse practitioners with specialized training or education in areas including emergency departments, pediatrics, family health, women's health and gerontological care. The scope of the profession also includes cardiac, oncology, neonatal, neurological and obstetric/gynecological nursing and other advanced clinical specialties.

A shortage of registered nurses is projected to grow throughout the United States through 2030, according to the United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast: A Revisit published in the May/June 2018 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality.

Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Learn more about becoming a nurse, industry information and great scholarship opportunities at the AACN website.
Learn more about becoming a nurse

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment. The program 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 who complete the BSN program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
CORE LITERACIES:  16 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page.
  • Narratives of Identity  (3 cr.) - PL 102: Bioethics
  • Science, Environment & Culture (4 cr.) - BL 111: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.) - PS 190: Life Span Human Development  
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)*             
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)*
*Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page.

A Nurse's Prayer

Give to my heart, O Lord… Compassion and understanding. Give to my hands, skill and tenderness. Give to my ears, the ability to listen. Give to my lips, words of comfort.

Give to me, O Lord… Strength for this selfless service. And enable me to give hope To those I am called to serve.


Stritch alum Michael Edwards

November 02, 2020

Stritch alum Michael Edwards featured in CBS 58 Veterans Day story

October 05, 2020

Students contribute novel genomics research for national project

February 23, 2021

Students recognized in Delta Epsilon Sigma national writing competition

students walking on campus

Saturdays at Stritch

February 27, 2021


9:30 AM

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time ... Original Short Fairy Tales for Students

February 28, 2021


12:00 PM

Teaching a class

Master's in Teaching Special Education Certification Virtual Information Session

March 02, 2021


6:00 PM

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.

Crystal-Rae Evans

Chair - Undergraduate Nursing|Faculty - Nursing

Undergraduate NursingUndergraduate Nursing

(414) 410-4388

Samantha L. Messmann

Assistant Director of Nursing & Health Sciences Admissions

Enrollment Management - Admissions Undergraduate

(414) 410-4338