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Welcome to the Notre Dame College Division of Nursing!

Whether you are an eager prospective nursing student, an interested parent, valued alum or a friend of Notre Dame College, I hope you find our website informative and a valuable resource.

This is a very exciting time to become a nurse and to join the nursing community at Notre Dame College.  We live in a very dynamic time with regard to health care and nurses play a vital role in addressing the health of our society both nationally and internationally.  While changes in health care delivery happen in a very dynamic environment, one thing is constant.  That is, nurses’ obligation to be knowledgeable and compassionate advocates for patients, families and communities.  Our goal is to prepare nurses to make a lasting difference in the health of the families and communities we serve and to share in the accountability for collaborative decisions with members of interdisciplinary health care teams.  We strive to create a rich academic environment that is engaging for the learning community, for faculty and students alike.  We are committed to diversity and to preparing our students with a respect for the unique life experiences that have shaped the health and wellbeing of each person, their family and their community.


The nurses of the future will require an education that prepares them with the knowledge, skills and abilities for effective leadership as we address the increased demand for high quality and high value care in an increasingly complex health system.  To help meet these needs, the Division of Nursing was established in 2006 with the opening of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. We established a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in nursing education in 2014.  Each of these programs is responsive to the needs and demands of our local and national workforce for the 21st century.  Notre Dame Nursing is looking for applicants who can succeed in academically challenging programs and those who seek to make significant contributions to the profession of nursing.  Admission and selection processes are unique to each program and are a multi-step process.  If you are interested in one of our nursing programs, please carefully review the admission criteria and application process.

Discover how Notre Dame College is contributing to meeting the needs of 21st century nurses. We invite you to visit our website often to learn more about Nursing at Notre Dame College. If you have additional questions, please contact the Admissions office of the College.


M. Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS
Professor and Chair
Division of Nursing
Notre Dame College