Nursing

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Nursing at Dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.

 

If you love to help others, consider participating in Dordt’s nursing program. Dordt’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses are rooted in God’s call to care for the vulnerable and love our neighbors. Uniquely designed to combine intensive skills training and nursing knowledge, the program focuses on concepts to help students understand the patterns and relationships that make up the nursing industry.

Students gain practice skills by working in a hospital-like laboratory setting as well as a state-of-the-art simulation studio. They also get the chance to engage in direct patient care in more than 25 area hospitals, clinics, schools, and community settings. Students get to experience a wide variety of practice settings, including rural clinics and urban facilities as well as acute and chronic care placements.

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At Dordt, you'll receive an education that prepares you for lifelong service. Graduates with bachelor's degrees in nursing have a broad base of education in areas such as sociology, psychology, natural science, and social science. The curriculum is comprised of

  • 46 credits of nursing courses
  • Over 570 hours of clinical experience, with additional time in lab and simulation
  • A foundation of core as well as science courses

A low instructor-to-student ratio gives a high-quality learning environment with opportunities for one-on-one instruction.

You will follow a curricular plan that will introduce you to nursing practice in the first year. In the second year, you will learn health and wellness concepts that may be applied to all patients and clients across the life span. In year three, you will learn about chronic diseases and disorders, as well as predictable health experiences such as pregnancy, labor, and delivery. In your fourth year, you will engage with patients who are experiencing acute, intensive illness and complex health situations. You will also work closely with the nursing faculty to prepare for your licensing exam.

Resources

  • The Carl and Gloria Zylstra Nursing Education Center is equipped with a hospital-like clinical practice laboratory and two high-fidelity patient care simulation laboratories. These learning environments are located by the faculty offices for quick and easy access to the instructors and professors. 
  • Direct patient care clinical experiences take place in over 25 area hospitals, clinics, schools and community settings. Students are exposed to a broad venue of practice settings, work cultures, and diverse professionals in rural to urban, small to large, acute to chronic care facilities.

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The Dordt University Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Iowa State Board of Nursing. 

Dr. Deb Bomgaars

Dr. Deb Bomgaars
Professor of Nursing/Director of Nursing Program
Department Chair

CL 1409
(712) 722-6689
Deb.Bomgaars@dordt.edu

Dr. Kate Vander Veen

Dr. Kate Vander Veen
Professor of Nursing

CL 1408
(712) 722-6428
Kate.VanderVeen@dordt.edu

Melanie Wynja

Melanie Wynja
Instructor of Nursing/Simulation Director

CL 1411
(712) 722-6248
Melanie.Wynja@dordt.edu

Mindy De Jager

Mindy De Jager
Instructor of Nursing

CL 1412
(712) 722-6837
Mindy.DeJager@dordt.edu

Deb Kleinwolterink

Deb Kleinwolterink
Instructor of Nursing

CL 1410
(712) 722-6472
Deb.Kleinwolterink@dordt.edu

Jodi Hulstein

Jodi Hulstein
Nursing Department Administrative Assistant

CL 1413
(712) 722-6361
Jodi.Hulstein@dordt.edu