Why Study Nursing?


Because of the constant change and increasing complexity within the healthcare industry, nursing is one of the most needed and flexible careers. The aging population, increased chronic conditions, and expanding technologies are just some of the current issues facing healthcare in today’s society. Highly educated nurses who are able to practice safely across multiple settings are in constant demand. Baccalaureate prepared nurses are prepared holistically for this increasing scope of nursing opportunities.
Why Study Nursing at Gustavus?
Preparing nurses to provide safe and quality care begins with classroom and clinical learning experiences. Nursing courses at Gustavus are engaging and interactive to promote critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Additionally, clinical learning experiences occur in urban and rural settings and nursing students have opportunities to study off-campus through various courses offered by Gustavus and the nursing department.
When you choose nursing at Gustavus, you will:
  • integrate and apply concepts from your liberal arts education into the provision of patient care in a variety of settings;
  • integrate and apply ethical principles to the care of patients;
  • advocate for patients in a wide variety of settings;
  • be prepared for leadership roles in professional and personal endeavors;
  • be part of innovative and forward thinking related to health care; and
  • develop a capacity for lifelong learning and service to others.
Licensure and Certification
Graduates of the Gustavus Nursing Program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Successfully passing this examination permits the graduate to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Graduates will have met the requirements for certification a public health nurse (PHN) in Minnesota. 
As of July 1, 2020, Gustavus Adolphus College's undergraduate prelicensure nursing curriculum meets state edcuation requirements for professional licensure in the following states/jurisdictions: Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virgina, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
The Gustavus Adolphus College Nursing Program has not made the determination if the undergraduate prelicensure curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions: Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Carolina, Virgina.
Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website. The Gustavus Nursing Program assumes no liability or respnosiblity for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website at https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm