Department of Nursing

Jumpstart your career in nursing

A leader in nursing education for more than 50 years, the Department of Nursing—accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and DNP levels. The BSN prepares students for entry-level practice as a professional nurse in every healthcare setting—acute or chronic care, in hospitals, the community, or home healthcare. BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to continue their nursing education at the MS or doctorate levels. Here are some key national statistics for nursing careers from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary
$44,017-$58,626

Average Starting Salaries in Nursing (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in Nursing (PayScale)

Registered Nurse $94,920 Nursing Clinical Educator $114,930 Nursing Midwife $121,050 Nurse Anesthetist $218,380 Nurse Practitioner $133,380
Six months out of graduation
87%

Alumni employed or in graduate school 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Guided by highly trained nursing faculty, students gain hands-on experience in our six cutting-edge patient simulation laboratories and our three state-of-the-art nursing basic skills labs—providing clinical experience right on campus. The nursing program is affiliated with more than 50 major hospitals and medical centers, public health agencies, clinics, and nursing homes, which offer clinical experiences. Students have the opportunity to earn membership in Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, as well as join professional nursing organizations.

What You'll Learn

In our nursing programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • critical thinking
  • nursing practice in accordance with legal standards and ethical principles
  • ability to provide culturally sensitive care
  • collaboration with patients, families, and healthcare providers, among others

Key Skills for
Careers in Nursing

as indicated by Employers and Alumni on LinkedIn

CPR & ACLS

Critical Thinking

Digital Fluency

Electronic Medical Record

Patient Education & Safety

Problem Solving

Verbal & Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021