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Carroll expands nursing degree programs

Carroll University recognizes the continuing need for nursing educators prepared to teach in classroom and community settings. Carroll will be adding a Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Educator (MSN-CNE) to its graduate program offerings beginning in fall 2018. The new program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Nurse educators can serve in a variety of professional roles in both academic and clinical environments by teaching courses in the classroom or providing training at hospitals. These educators are expected to be able to develop, implement and evaluate nursing curricula in either scenario which will help learners of all ages to become stronger nurses as they continue to learn how to care for the whole person.

“The MSN-CNE program aims to meet the growing demand for quality nurse educators reflecting the increases in student enrollment in undergraduate nursing programs,” said Jane Hopp, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “This program is an exciting initiative that will prepare students to educate future generations of nurses.”

In March 2016, the State of Nursing in Wisconsin: Nursing and Nursing Faculty Workforce Update concluded that the number of nursing students graduating in Wisconsin is not sufficient to meet projected demand based on forecast models, which anticipate up to a 38 percent RN supply/demand gap in the number of direct care nurses needed by 2035.

Students who complete the MSN-CNE will gain the necessary skills needed to educate patients, nursing students, clinical staff nurses and other direct-care providers by combining knowledge and hands-on experiences.

Carroll’s undergraduate nursing program currently ranks in the top 8 percent in the State of Wisconsin and in the top 10 percent of nursing programs across the country as certified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX Program Reports.