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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides students a liberal arts education coupled with a strong science foundation, a valuable combination within the health care field. Nursing majors experience a variety of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences with an emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations.

  • Colleges of Distinction Nursing Badge Nursing students learn the skills, knowledge, and Christian values necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care. The program also prepares students for continued education in graduate school.

    Students receive a variety of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences with an emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations. Students get hands-on experience in WLC’s nursing simulation lab. Students in the nursing program take a variety of courses in preparation for professional nursing in many settings and roles, including gerontological health, adult health, maternal and newborn health, child and adolescent health, mental health, community health, evidence-based practice, and leadership. 

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    WLC is leading the way in preparing nurses for the future. WLC nursing graduates are entering the workforce as Christian servant leaders with critical thinking and collaboration and communication skills that are integral to safe, high-quality patient care, and are at the forefront of transformational healthcare delivery. 

    The WLC School of Nursing is pleased to announce that 93% of the May 2021 nursing graduates passed the state board exam [National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN)] on the first attempt, with an overall pass rate of 100%! Nationally, the pass rate for first-time test takers is 82.48%. 

    2021 WLC Nursing Graduates


    Local Clinical Opportunities

    Students have clinical experiences at inpatient rehabilitation units, assisted living facilities, elementary schools, long-term care, and occupational health and community settings. Froedtert Hospital (a Level 1 Trauma Center) and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, located across the street from WLC, provide opportunities for students to regularly participate in acute care settings.

    State-of-the-Art Facilities

    The nursing program is located in Generac Hall. This 81,700-square-foot facility allows undergrads to experience state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that students at many other institutions would not have access to until graduate school.

    Nursing majors receive training in the nursing lab, which includes moderate-fidelity human patient simulators, and six individual patient care areas and workstations. The simulators allow students to take vital signs, hear heart and lung sounds, care for wounds, and set up IVs, practicing their skills before treating real patients.  


    Preceptor Opportunities

    Students can participate in a preceptorship, which provides them with 120 hours of one-on-one training. The role is great for fostering future job offers and offers students a chance to have real-world nursing experience under the guidance of a seasoned professional. This experience often leads to job offers before graduation.

    Global Health

    Junior nursing students have the option to travel to Zambia to study the implementation of health care programs in a developing country. While there, they observe medical practices and procedures in local clinics and hospitals, learn about diverse cultures, and conduct health education programs.


    Graduate School

    A WLC nursing degree, along with real-world experience, provides the necessary background for admission to most graduate school programs.


    A bachelor's degree in nursing from WLC may lead to a successful career in a wide range of settings including community clinics, urban or rural hospitals, and resource-poor countries. Nursing majors at WLC are being offered jobs prior to graduation due to the reputation the program has earned for producing students who show integrity and are caring and professional. WLC nursing alumni currently hold desirable positions in emergency rooms, intensive care units, trauma units, OB-GYN units, and oncology units. They currently work at Froedtert Hospital, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, as well as a variety of other settings throughout the nation.


    Learn more about course offerings, sample programs, and entrance requirements for this major:



    Mission Statement of the School of Nursing

    The School of Nursing is committed to the development of Christian professional nurses who are service-driven, community-focused, and are ambassadors for the nursing profession; furthermore the School of Nursing fosters a love of learning and a desire for continued education.



    The baccalaureate program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202.887.6791; fax: 202.887.8476. 


    Expected Student Outcomes

    The Wisconsin Lutheran College School of Nursing Graduate will:

    • As servant leaders, provide patient care from a Christian and holistic perspective.
    • Function within their scope of practice and be held to the highest legal and ethical standards as patient advocates and ambassadors for the nursing profession.
    • Apply knowledge utilizing critical thinking and evidence-based practice within the nursing process.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively with the interdisciplinary care team.
    • Engage in therapeutic communication and provide education to patients, families, and communities.
    • Be accountable for their own learning and continued education.


    Sheryl Scott, Associate Professor and Chair, School of Nursing

    Stephanie Armstrong, Assistant Professor

    Sarah Haugly, Assistant Professor

    Lisa LeBlanc, Assistant Professor

    Jessica Washburn, Assistant Professor


    Philosophy of the School of Nursing

    The philosophy of the School of Nursing is consistent with the mission, vision, and purpose of Wisconsin Lutheran College, which provides students with a strong Christian foundation in the liberal arts. The School of Nursing faculty believes in the development of students in the spiritual, professional, intellectual, social and educational domains.

    Spiritual: As servant leaders, nurses provide patient care from a Christian and holistic perspective. 

    Professional: Professional nurses function within their scope of practice and are held to the highest legal and ethical standards. The professional nurse will be an advocate for patients as well as an ambassador for the nursing profession.

    Intellectual: Nursing is the application of knowledge, utilizing critical thinking and evidence-based practice within the nursing process.

    Social: The nurse is a collaborative member of the interdisciplinary care team who communicates effectively with care providers. The nurse also engages in therapeutic communication with patients, families, and communities.

    Educational: Patient education is an essential role of the nurse. In addition, nurses have a personal accountability for their own learning and continued education. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people...” Galatians 6:10a

    Personal Computer Disclaimer

    For students interested in pursuing nursing, please note that Chromebooks, iPads, and tablets are not compatible with some of the software that is required in nursing classes.