Central’s highly respected behavioral and natural sciences programs provide 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 you to earn a bachelor of arts degree in biology, psychology, sociology, exercise science, communication studies, integrated studies or anthropology from Central College and a bachelor of science in nursing from Allen College. 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 adviser at Central will also work with nursing students to monitor progress and ensure successful transfer. You may also apply for the master's program (nurse practitioner) at the same time, and upon graduation, you will be automatically accepted into the Allen College nurse practitioner program.
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 enrolled at Central College interested in earning a B.A. in biology, exercise science, anthropology, sociology, communication studies, psychology or integrated studies from Central and a BSN from Allen College may apply to the accelerated nursing program at Allen College a year before the intended start date at Allen.
For students who indicate an interest in participating in the accelerated program with Allen College, a robust health professions advising system is in place to work with students and assist in the application process. Central's health professions advisers will work with Allen College student services personnel and academic advisers to ensure that students are aware of all courses required for entry (or admission) to Allen College and will help students develop schedules to complete these requirements.
Students planning to transfer to Allen College after three years at Central must major in biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, integrated studies, communication studies or exercise science. 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, psychology, human growth and development, social sciences, statistics, communication and English for the pre-nursing program.
Students must have the CNA course completed prior to nursing school enrollment. Additionally, most nursing programs require TEAS testing with the application.
For additional information, please contact us at Prehealth@central.edu or complete the information form below.
Cody Huisman, B.A., D.C. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: human anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, functional movement screens and strength and conditioning
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, character development, leadership, performance psychology, statistical analysis and how people learn during college
Paul Weihe, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, interest areas include: wetland ecosystems, ethnobotany, ecology and environmental science
Jonathan Witt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, interest areas include: social problems, social inequality, popular culture, religion and sociological theory
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 you 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's Health Professions Club also provides mentoring, informs students about opportunities related to healthcare, and coordinates visits to and from various graduate programs. The club's faculty adviser also provides free workshops to address a range of interests, from career exploration to preparing for graduate entrance exams and application.
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 or Washington, D.C. 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.