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Nursing Major

  • Available as a major (B.S.N. degree)

    Professional nursing standards are high, and Olivet’s standards are even higher. We hold you to those standards to make sure you become the best nursing professional you can be.

  • Today’s nurses serve on the frontlines of health care. They use the latest in technology and treatment to facilitate healing or provide comfort. As an Olivet student, you will learn to process the wealth of information and techniques available to expertly care for your patients.

    You are important enough for our nursing faculty to give you their attention. If you are falling short of your goal, they will be the first ones to tell and help you. Honoring your capabilities, requirements for this profession and the Lord — that’s the balance we strive to keep every day.

    You are our hope for the future of nursing and healthcare.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Teach others from your best work and learn from others’ best work in Olivet’s newly updated simulation lab — including wireless “smart” mannequins.
    • Gain invaluable experience preparing patient care plans before you graduate.
    • Learn to document patient care effectively
    • Become a confident interdisciplinary collaborator with other healthcare professionals.
    • Learn professional writing skills to help you succeed on the job.
    • Lay the educational groundwork for further professional development in graduate school.
    • Practice leadership by working with faculty and other students in the nursing program.
    • Learn the skill of reprioritizing patient care on a minute-by-minute basis.
    • Experience what it's like to work as a nurse during emergency room and hospital simulations. ("Disaster simulation gives nursing students excellent learning opportunity") 

    Putting knowledge to work

    Nursing Students in Action: Use your skills in patient care as you serve others in the local community and beyond. Practice your leadership skills by serving as an officer or representative. Seek service opportunities on mission trips and with local projects.

    Kappa Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society: Get involved in peer mentoring by serving as a mentor and receiving mentoring from nurses working in their profession.


    You might be interested in a career in nursing if you:

    • Enjoy math and science
    • Are passionate about reading, processing and analyzing information
    • Enjoy following a method or system
    • Are you able to think and react to situations quickly
    • Have patience with and empathy for others

    Possible careers include: Nurse in U.S. military, occupational health nurse, admissions nurse, charge nurse, emergency department nurse, intensive care unit nurse, nurse manager, staff nurse, behavioral health nurse, radiation oncology nurse, wound center nurse, medication nurse, medical oncology nurse, hospice nurse, nurse administrator, clinical services consultant, physician resource nurse, clinical practice coordinator, home infusion nurse, parish nurse, special procedures nurse

    School mission

    The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to provide Christian nursing education designed to prepare each graduate for a life of service to God and humanity. In this endeavor, students integrate faith and learning as they investigate concepts inherent in personal, professional, and spiritual growth through life-long learning and leadership.

    Program goals

    Graduates are prepared to enter the profession of nursing as contributing members of the discipline, to promote, maintain, and restore the health of clients in a variety of settings.

    The goals of the traditional nursing major are to prepare graduates to:

    1. serve God and humanity in diverse roles and settings.
    2. integrate faith and life-long learning as they investigate concepts inherent in personal, professional, and spiritual growth, within the setting of a Christian liberal arts university.
    3. demonstrate the development of leadership skills and an understanding of the dynamic health care environment to stimulate constructive change.
    4. apply ethical, moral, spiritual, and professional concepts into their nursing practice.

    Expected outcomes of the graduate 

    • an ethical, moral, and spiritual professional.
    • a life-long learner committed to personal, professional, and spiritual
    • growth.
    • an individual capable of providing leadership through service to God and humanity in diverse roles and settings.
    • a leader and change agent.

    Nursing is part of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences