Nursing at Concordia is built on a foundation of:
- Small class cohorts
- Professors who have their doctorates plus extensive nursing experience
- National accreditation with approval from Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Nursing
- Labs with simulation manikins
- An emphasis on global health and cultural competence
- Clinicals and internships at healthcare facilities in and around Fargo-Moorhead – many of them less than 10 minutes away from campus
- Encouragement to discover your vocation
When you’ve completed our program, you’ll be able to take the Nursing Candidate Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed registered nurse (R.N.).
- Apply concepts from the arts, humanities, and sciences to professional nursing practice.
- Communicate clearly and effectively.
- Apply critical thinking skills in deliberative decision-making.
- Provide nursing care in accordance with Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2004/2010) and Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession (ANA, 2010).
- Provide nursing care in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015).
Concordia nursing alumni are working as registered nurses at healthcare facilities in the region and across the nation, some of which include:
- Essentia Health, Sanford Health, and the Veterans Administration in Fargo, N.D.
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Mayo Clinic and Hospital, Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix
- North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, Minn.
- Providence Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, Wash.
Alumni also share their skills abroad in civilian and military service:
- Developing literacy and public health programs for children in Haiti
- Serving on global ministry mission teams
- Providing health care and serving as translators for medical mission teams
- Mentoring undergraduate students with health assessment of women and children in Tanzania and Vietnam
- Providing health care to military personnel and veterans
Many graduates pursue advanced master's and doctoral degrees at universities across the country, becoming:
- Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Nurse Anesthetists
- Nurse Educators
- Nurse Practitioners
Whichever direction you choose, Concordia’s nursing program grounded in the liberal arts will prepare you for your future.
Calvin Miller ‘07
R.N. in Cardiac Intensive Care at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.
Nursing is such a diverse profession with an incredibly steep learning curve, so it is extremely rare for new graduate nurses to feel 100 percent prepared when they finally are responsible and accountable for the lives of their patients. That being said, I believe that Concordia provided me with the essential experiences, resources, and knowledge in order to feel confident in my ability to learn and adapt to any situation.
Elizabeth Weiss ’10
Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson, N.D.
Concordia teaches us to become 'thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life' so we can influence the world and make a difference. Each day I try to make a positive difference in the lives of the people I serve; ripples in a pond instead of waves in the ocean.
Kristina Fabry '13
R.N., PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center
Concordia's rigorous nursing program gave me the skills, knowledge, and confidence to get my dream job! Leadership skills learned and cultivated while at Concordia prepared me to mentor newly graduated nurses on my unit.
Anastasia Young '14
Nursing and Religion Major
I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted to do at Concordia. Because of my experiences, I know that I will be able to serve others by combining my passions for healing and interfaith issues.
Jim Allen '15
Registered Nurse at Mayo Clinic
Performing with the band or percussion ensemble is a totally different experience. It takes my mind off the deadlines. Music really helps me focus on time management because I know that every day I’ll spend two hours in rehearsal. It’s a nice breather from a pretty intensive nursing program.
Brittany Vander Kooy '10
Telemetry R.N., Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Concordia nursing department made me prepared to walk into real nursing life and thrive. The professors and clinical educators taught me how to be a professional, whether that is interacting with patients and/or families to peers and also to management. When I left Concordia, I was prepared.
Katie Hoven Greenlee '13
R.N. on Cardiac Specialty Unit, Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Concordia has provided me with a lot of great experiences – not only in my nursing program but also through other opportunities. The nursing faculty has been outstanding and given me a lot of different experiences that cover a wide range of the nursing practice.
Mackenzie Hedge '18
Big Lake, Minn.
Nursing and Spanish Major
My nursing courses readied me to communicate with patients of a variety of beliefs, cultures and needs. They helped prepare me for my volunteer experience at a health center Ecuador.read more
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Concordia College is approved by both the MN Board of Nursing and the ND Board of Nursing.