Central’s highly respected science program provides the strong background nursing students need while also offering a clear path to advanced studies in nursing. Internships and shadowing opportunities are available through Central at local health centers, and Central graduates have gone on to graduate programs at top institutions.
For students interested in earning a dual degree, Central has partnered with Allen College in Waterloo. The program allows students to earn a bachelor of arts degree in biology, psychology, sociology or anthropology from Central College and a bachelor of science in nursing from Allen College. Nursing advisers within each major work with students to ensure all requirements for their Central degree and prerequisites for Allen College are met. The health professions coordinator at Central will also work with nursing students to monitor progress and ensure successful transfer.
While the nursing program is only a few years old, a Central education has left earlier graduates well-equipped for a nursing career.
Students interested in nursing are able to shadow local professionals for limited hours. Shadowing opportunities are available across the state including Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center.
Students planning to transfer to Allen College after three years at Central must major in biology, psychology, sociology or anthropology. Students planning to graduate from Central before attending another nursing program may major in any discipline that fits with personal and professional life goals. Regardless of their major choice, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in each of the following areas: biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, social sciences and English.
Central's health professions coordinator will work with Allen College student services personnel and academic advisers to ensure that students are aware of all required courses and develop schedules to complete these requirements.
A dual-degree nursing program offers freshmen entering Central College a guaranteed place in the accelerated nursing program at Allen College, provided they complete the requirements.
After completion of three years at Central College, students transfer to Allen College for a 15-month accelerated BSN program—credits transfer from each school so students receive a B.A. from Central and a BSN from Allen College.
Students may also opt to spend all four years at Central to complete the B.A. degree and then continue their nursing studies at the graduate level at another institution.
Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory section size, faculty are able to provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school.
And to help students get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.
Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus including undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.
Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology.
Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72 put on a suture workshop for Central students interested in medical school—providing hands-on practice sewing and tying for the future doctors.
Ellen Du Pre, professor of biology, is working with students to study the effects of triclosan on heart rate. She has dedicated her career to guiding students through the health sciences.
A new Central College Abroad program in Yucatan will allow future medical professionals to explore health care in Latino culture.