Nursing - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students interesting in a nursing major should be interested in helping others, able to think critically, be organized, have good communication skills, be adaptable, be comfortable working in a group setting.

What will I learn?

Nursing majors will have a solid understanding of the human body and diseases. Majors will be able to use the knowledge they gain to understand the nursing process, analyze information, make confident decisions, and administer care.

What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

Each nursing student is required to complete a 240 hour clinical practicum in an area hospital. Each student also has the opportunity to apply to participate in paid summer nursing externships provided by area healthcare providers in the summer between the first and second year of the nursing educational program.

What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

Staff nurse in a healthcare provider organization.

Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.

What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

  • Critical care nursing
  • Pediatric and neonatal specialty care nursing
  • Maternal-Child nursing
  • Adult health nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner (with a graduate nursing degree)
  • Nursing Education (with a graduate nursing degree)
  • Nursing Administration (with a graduate nursing degree)

What are the State Board Pass Rates?

The previous three years' first time NCLEX pass rates are:
2014      78.57
2015      85.11
2016      86.54

Other items to Note:

CMU has a BSN-completion program for individuals who have their Associate Degree in Nursing and wish to complete their Bachelors in Nursing. CMU also offers an Accelerated BSN program for individuals who already have a Bachelor's degree in any subject and have completed the pre-requisite courses for Nursing education. CMU also offers Masters programs in Nursing in Clinical Nurse Leadership and Nurse Educator.