Sullivan University College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at Sullivan University consists of Practical Nursing, Associate of Science in Nursing, Bridge from Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing (LPN-RN), and a bridge from Registered Nursing to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN). The earliest program dates back to the late 70’s. Aside from its lengthy history, what makes the College of Nursing unique is its proximity to several major hospitals, accelerated programs, and smaller class sizes, which equate to more hands-on training and one-on-one time with professors for each student.

The campus has several competitive features, including two high-fidelity simulation labs (a simulation man or “sim-man” that professors provide students simulation experience for various acute care scenarios such as aspiration/choking or allergic reactions, as well as a simulation mom or “sim-mom” that professors can provide students experience with different birthing scenarios from high-risk situations to low-risk situations. These high-tech labs have video capability so that professors can record the simulation and debrief the students with valuable feedback. The facility also has three skills labs, an on-campus library and on-site student services. The classroom faculty hold Master’s degrees in Nursing who each bring a wealth of real-world experience, some of which are still practicing. The College of Nursing is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing in addition to the University’s SACSCOC accreditation.

Nursing is one of the most respected professions and it provides people with the opportunity to care for others. After graduation, pre-licensure programs require a certification exam in order to practice as licensed professionals in their respective degrees. Many new graduates from nursing programs will find careers in acute care or a long-term care facility. Others may go into psychiatric facilities, obstetrics, emergency rooms, pediatrics, or ICUs. Nurses can also continue their education with certifications in various specialties.

Carla Carter has been the Dean of Nursing at Sullivan University since 2016, however she was also with Sullivan between 2004 to 2010. She has earned her Associates Degree in Nursing, RN, and completed both a BSN and MSN from Indiana Wesleyan. Carter is currently finishing her dissertation for a Doctorate. For Carla, managing the logistics and operations are part of her job as Dean, but what brings her to work every day are the students. She genuinely wants them to succeed and enjoys helping them achieve success.

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Carla Carter
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In the AS in Nursing program, students have the opportunity to begin clinical rotations within the first six months, and can complete the RN program in under two years.

All of the nursing faculty are specialists in their fields and the vast majority are still practitioners in their field of endeavor. This ensures that the theory presented is also supported by the current best of care practices present in the healthcare community. There is a personal, friendly atmosphere at the school that invites students to have an open-door feeling to administration.

Faculty are matched to the courses they teach, provide individualized attention as well as the academic preparation that allows students to have a solid academic experience.

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Why the College of Nursing is a Good Choice

Sullivan University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program builds on initial preparation from an Associate Degree in Nursing or a nursing diploma RN. The RN to BSN student at Sullivan University prepares for a broader scope of practice, obtains a holistic perspective, and incorporates the cultural, social, economic, community and leadership issues that impact patients and shape nursing care.

To meet these needs, Sullivan offers courses focusing on evidence based practice, economics and finance, diversity in healthcare, management and leadership, community theory and family theory, quality care and patient safety and technology and informatics. This course content, and other competencies identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and other professional organizations, is included.

The RN to BSN Program at Sullivan University provides critical knowledge and a valuable credential for the next step in your professional life. The online nursing degree format allows students to earn a BSN degree in a timely manner - a degree based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education, and on professional standards from national organizations.

The online BSN program is provided ina 24/7 format that allows students from around the globe to interact and enhance their overall educational development. The RN degree to BSN experiences requires no mandatory log-in times, and Registered Nurses receive 60 block credits for previous nursing degree courses taken in the associate degree in nursing or diploma based program. Using an accelerated format, core nursing courses are taken sequentially.

All courses taken in the Sullivan University College of Nursing are taught by nursing professionals with frontline experience in nursing practice and teaching. Faculty are matched to the courses they teach, provide individualized attention and have the experience as well as the academic preparation that allows students to have a solid academic experience.

Sullivan University's RN to BSN program is completely online. The online nursing school gives you flexibility to fit school into your busy schedule.

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  • Shannon Williams

    It’s actually made life for my son and I much better, as far as being financially able to care for both of us. I have security, a lot of confidence, and it’s actually helped me move into a better stage in my life.

    Shannon Williams,
    College of Nursing