Traditional Nursing Program

Why Nursing?

Many nursing students come to Roberts saying they want to help people. We believe that nursing is one of the best ways to be an effective helper and a caring person. Understanding people with all their many facets and how those facets are integrated into a whole are primary goals of the nursing profession. Nurses learn about the physical body, psychological development, social systems, spiritual and emotional needs, and much more. This base of knowledge is then used to build skills in a wide variety of nursing interventions. Having this broad base of knowledge and skills enables nurses to help many different populations of people in a variety settings.

Caring, Wholeness, Commitment

At Roberts Wesleyan College, preparation of adults for effective service to society has its foundation in liberal studies and is rooted in ethical behavior. The purposes of the Department of Nursing as an integral part of the College are in agreement with those of the College. The Department views caring and the nurse-client interaction as central to nursing, which has the goals of enabling the client to progress toward wholeness.

Commitment on the part of the student entering the study of nursing at Roberts is essential. The Faculty view the learning process as a partnership with students. Faculty provide a supportive, caring environment in which professionalism is fostered through mutual goal setting, synthesis of knowledge, development of skills, and examination and integration of personal and professional values.

The Curriculum

The nursing curriculum, with its emphasis on caring and wholeness, is built on a broad base of liberal arts and professional knowledge. Each of the eight semesters includes nursing and liberal arts studies.

Clinical practice begins in the sophomore year and continues for five semesters, culminating in the senior practicum, a concentrated experience in a setting of particular interest to the student.

Varied Clinical Affiliations

The Rochester area, known for its exceptional health care facilities, provides the Roberts student with a variety of learning sites. Nursing students have clinical practice at six to eight major health care agencies during their clinical program, including both community hospitals and large medical centers.

Involvement in College Activities

Nursing students are a vital part of campus life at Roberts Wesleyan. They participate in organized sports, student government, music groups, and a wide range of other activities.

Good Reputation

Roberts nursing students are well-received in health care agencies because they are well-prepared and well-supervised during the clinical experiences. Area health care employers have shared that Roberts’ nurses are exceptional in their caring and commitment to the client and in their high level of competence.

The baccalaureate and masters programs in nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our community of interest is invited to send comments to CCNE:
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Career Opportunities

Nurses who have graduated from Roberts Wesleyan are using their professional education in many different areas, such as hospitals, clinics, community health agencies, and schools, to name a few. They hold positions as staff nurses, head nurses, and supervisors. Some have gone on to graduate schools of nursing; still others are teachers in staff development and college programs. Some have chosen to serve on mission fields. The opportunities in nursing are limitless today.

Unique Features of the Roberts Wesleyan Nursing Program

  • Individual Attention: Dedicated nursing faculty, who remain active in the field through community and professional organizations, work closely with the nursing students. The low faculty-student ratio allows for a significant amount of individual attention.
  • Wholistic Approach: The College views students as wholistic unique beings having bio-psycho-social-spiritual components. The Department of Nursing teaches nursing students to assess and deal with clients in a wholistic manner.
  • Christian Environment: Historically, the College has fostered the integration of academic learning with a Christian world view. The College continues to support students in their spiritual values as it emphasizes lifelong learning and service to God and society.
  • Transcultural Study Opportunity: There are ongoing opportunities to study transcultural nursing and missionary nursing. These opportunities include travel to foreign countries and interaction with health care providers from other cultures.
  • Pursuit of Special Interests: Through the senior practicum and the nursing elective, nursing students are able to study an area of nursing that is of particular interest to them. Some of these areas are advanced cardiopulmonary nursing, women’s health nursing, parish nursing, or preoperative nursing.