Nursing

Nursing (pre-professional)

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.

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Central students admitted into the BSN program at Allen in 2014
  • Central has partnered with Allen College to provide nursing students with a BSN since 2010
  • Nursing students can major in biology, psychology, sociology or anthropology

The Real World

 

Successful Careers

While the nursing program is only a few years old, a Central education has left earlier graduates well-equipped for a nursing career.

  • Registered nurse,  St. Luke's Hospital, Toddville
  • ICU nurse, Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, Neb.
  • Registered nurse,  Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Urbandale
  • Open heart recovery nurse,  Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Organizations

  • Bio-Chem Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology)
  • Psychology Club
  • SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment)
  • Tri-Beta (national biological sciences honor society)
  • Health Professions Club
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Graduate Placement

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Internships

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. 

Courses & Faculty

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.

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Meet the faculty:
  • Jeffrey Bass, Associate Professor of Anthropology, interest areas include Latin America, ethnographic field methods, political and medical anthropology
  • Ellie Du Pre, B.S., Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Coordinator, interest areas include histology, human anatomy and physiology, epidemiology and environmental endocrine disruptors
  • Keith Jones, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Mark & Kay DeCook Endowed Chair in Character and Leadership Development and Professor of Psychology, interest areas include aging and adult development, how people think about each other (e.g. stereotypes), character development, leadership, statistical analysis and how people learn during college
  • Jonathan Witt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, interest areas include social inequality, popular culture, religion and sociological theory

The Central Difference

Accelerated BSN Program

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.

Individualized Attention

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.

Hands-On Research

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.

Heartland Global Health Consortium

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Facilities

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.

Learn More

Want to find out more about nursing (pre-professional) at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.