Nursing Major

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Learn how to provide safe, effective, evidence-based care that improves lives and enhances health outcomes.

Prepare to take the Michigan NCLEX exam (National Council Licensure Examination) in an accredited, nationally-recognized nursing program.

In Alma’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you’ll build a cross-disciplinary foundation in the sciences and humanities. Then, you’ll put your expertise to the test through hands-on learning and clinical placements.

Studying Nursing at Alma College

You’ll study fundamentals in biology and chemistry — learning to create connections between the disciplines that medicine is grounded in. You’ll take practical and theoretical courses in nursing, along with integrative physiology and health science, psychology and healthcare administration. You’ll also dive into fields like history, political science and philosophy, where you’ll develop the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills you need to thrive in work and life.

You’ll learn from accomplished faculty who share a passion for respectful, compassionate patient care. And you’ll apply everything you study in the classroom to practicums, laboratory work and clinical placements at home and abroad.

You’ll graduate ready to take the next step in your nursing career: the NCLEX exam.

Program Highlights

At Alma, you’ll have all the benefits of a broad liberal arts education while gaining the hands-on experience you’ll need to thrive in a clinical environment.

In our state-of-the-art simulation lab, which we share with MyMichigan Health – Gratiot, you’ll practice physical exams and health assessments on high-fidelity simulation manikins. You’ll develop skills in venipuncture, intravenous therapy and wound care, learning from experienced nursing trainers. And, thanks to your practical experience, you’ll become competent at delivering high-quality treatment in a fast-paced environment, adapting quickly to changing patient needs.

In your junior year, you’ll hone your skills in a global community health course. In your Spring Term, you’ll travel to a country like Costa Rica, Peru or Ecuador. There, you’ll live in the community, working in a local clinic and caring for underserved populations, exposing you to new perspectives on health care and resources in other cultures.

“The camp experience and the community health clinical settings have prepared me for the diversity of patients I see today. I think it’s important to keep an open mind while in school and be willing to take advantage of every setting you are placed in. There is a lot you can learn from the nurses you are placed with.”

– Mackenzie Hetzler
Registered Nurse, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Emergency Room, Detroit, MI

Where Can Nursing Take Me?

Thanks to a comprehensive curriculum and excellent clinical experience, students of Alma’s BSN program graduate with the foundation to secure work in nursing or pursue advanced study. Our program prepares students to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan* and pursue a wide variety of career opportunities.

*If you wish to practice in another state, we recommend you review the Board of Nursing requirements.

Recent Employers:

  • MyMichigan Health – Gratiot
  • Covenant Healthcare
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Mercy Health
  • The Masonic Home
  • Ingham County Health Department
  • William Beaumont Health System
  • Ascension Health – St. Mary’s