Real-world experiences support WLC’s nursing graduate outcomes. One hundred percent of WLC’s May 2017 nursing graduates passed the state board exam (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt, exceeding the national average of 90 percent. Each year, most WLC nursing graduates have job offers prior to graduation, which is a reflection of the level of preparation the students receive.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is committed to preparing future nurses who are at the forefront of today’s healthcare ecosystem. With guaranteed clinical placement for admitted students, small nursing cohorts, and proximity to many of Wisconsin’s premier healthcare systems, WLC offers many advantages to aspiring nurses.
“WLC’s nursing program is perfect for students because it allows professors to get to know you personally,” says Jess Mooty, a WLC nursing major, class of 2019. “You can see the lengths they go to in order to ensure the education and experiences are the best for you.”
Beyond the classroom, nursing students complete a final semester preceptorship. Students work alongside an experienced nurse preceptor in a clinical setting to support their transition to practice.
As part of the curriculum, students travel to Zambia to observe medical practices in clinics and hospitals, learn about diverse cultures, and conduct health education. This is a life-changing experience for students.
In response to a shortage of nurses in Wisconsin’s workforce, as well as a growing interest in nursing among the college’s prospective students, WLC is increasing the size of its nursing cohort. To accommodate more students, the college recently expanded and renovated its nursing simulation labs, which are equipped with advanced observation technology and human patient simulators to provide students with hands-on practice.
“Holistic learning is what makes nursing a great fit within our Christian academic setting,” says Sheryl Scott, DNP, RN, CNE, WLC’s School of Nursing Chair and an Assistant Professor. “The faculty believes in and is committed to students’ spiritual, professional, social, and intellectual development. We are proud of our reputation of preparing Christian nurses who excel in their profession.”