According to the American Nurses Association (AMA), “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” The main types of nurses are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs, Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
The Pre-Nursing Track at Gordon College prepares students to continue on to Direct-Entry Masters of Nursing Programs. Graduates of Gordon College can receive a Master’s in Nursing in the same amount of time as graduates of undergraduate nursing programs, which is approximately six years total. Nurses with Masters degrees are specialized in a certain field of nursing and receive approximately 50% higher income than Registered Nurses who only hold a Bachelor's degree. For example, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are all Master-level specialties. In addition, Gordon graduates receive a broader educational foundation in the liberal arts than students in most undergraduate nursing programs.
The Pre-Nursing Track also prepares students to continue in accelerated Bachelor's of Nursing programs, which require approximately 14 more months of schooling after Gordon to start practicing.
The Pre-Nursing Track is the part of the Health Professions Concentration. In addition to completing the Kinesiology major courses, students are required to complete the Pre-Nursing Track courses. These courses will provide the majority of the pre-requisites for Masters of Nursing programs. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors in meeting the specific pre-requisites of the program choice as these do vary somewhat.
Rebecca Scott van Vliet, class of 2004
Rebecca Scott van Vliet entered the accelerated, post-baccalaureate nursing program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She has completed her degree and now serves as an registered nurse at a major teaching hospital. Here is what Rebecca had to say about her time at Gordon:
"When I look back on my time at Gordon a few things stand out: my intership at the Center for Balance, Mobility & Wellness, where I got my first taste of patient care; senior seminar, where assumptions were challenged and I learned to think as a scientist and as a Christian without compromising either arena; and the close-knit community of the kinesiology department, where I had the opportunity to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and personally thanks to professors and classmates alike. Today I work as an RN on a neurology and neurosurgery floor at a large teaching hospital. While my nursing education more than prepared me for the direct nursing care I provide daily, I believe my patients receive more holistic care because of the lessons and experiences I had at Gordon. Whether it is the patient struggling with aphasia after a stroke, dealing with the devastating loss of motor function that accompanies multiple sclerosis or navigating a world of balance problems after a brain tumor, I am better equipped as a nurse because of my background in kinesiology. Nursing is a profession where opportunities to serve others and the Lord abound, and I am thankful to Gordon for the large part it played in bringing me to where I am today."
To read about more graduates, visit our Kinesiology Graduates page.