Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

About the College

Cardinal Stritch University’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs focused on a blend of caring and evidence-based practice to assure that graduates are prepared to meet the increasing need for health care practitioners, educators, and leaders. Highly qualified faculty and staff collaborate with Advisory Committees to support quality programs consistent with the mission and vision of the college.


Why Attend Stritch?

  • Students may be directly admitted to the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program.
  • The BSN and RN to BSN programs have a cutting edge curriculum which integrates mental health.
  • The RN to BSN program can be completed online in as little as 16 months.
  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the Wisconsin Technical College System may enroll in the Stritch RN to BSN program concurrently through the RN to BSN for ADN Students, completing the BSN in as little as one semester after the ADN.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers a MSN Educator Concentration and a MSN Leader Concentration.
  • The Bachelor of Science Respiratory Therapy (BS-RT) Completion online program is the first and only program in Wisconsin.
  • Community involvement is fostered through clinical learning experiences, College participation in the Healthy Kids Collaborative (a joint effort between the Mayor’s office, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Health Department, Stritch, and other universities), a joint Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter between Stritch and Columbia College of Nursing, sharing of mental health expertise through the Mental Health Resource Guide, and other initiatives.
  • ​The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness provides two engaging internships to prepare students for employment in healthcare and community settings. 

Mission and Vision

The vision of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to educate 21st century healthcare leaders to collaborate with the interprofessional team to build bridges for a healthier community.

The mission of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to create a challenging and affirming scholarly community, guided by the Franciscan Values, where faculty and students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that advance health, healthcare, and the healthcare profession through leadership, learning, and service.

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences aims to provide creative, flexible programs which integrates theory and practices to meet emerging healthcare needs of patients and communities. The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides educational experiences in a Franciscan environment that emphasizes compassion and valuing of the individual to meet the needs of diverse learners. Programs at Cardinal Stritch University allow students to realize their potential as individuals, healthcare professionals, and responsible members of the world community.

Advisory Committees

Nursing Advisory Board Members, 2018-2019

  • Ms. Dianne Appleby, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Linda Foglia, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Lynda Gruenewald-Schmitz, Ascension Wisconsin
  • Ms. Elizabeth Jensen, Direct Supply
  • Ms. Kim Maclin, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Kelly Shafaie, Moraine Park Technical College
  • Ms. Becky Pogacar, Aurora Healthcare Inc.
  • Ms. Jennifer Scott, Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Ms. Judy Schmutzer, Community Care Organization
  • Dr.  Heidi Sykora, Milwaukee Center for Independence-(Retired)
  • Ms. Theresa Vos, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

Respiratory Therapy Advisory Board Members, 2018-2019

  • Ms. Mary Bandler, Moraine Park Technical College
  • Mr. Jason Bazan, Cardinal Stritch University BSRT-Completion Program
  • Mr. David Cooksey, Independent Respiratory Consultant
  • Mr. Ron Pasewald, Froedert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Andi Gust, Ascension Columbia-St. Mary's 
  • Ms. Julie Roeske, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ms. Kristan Olson, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Dr.  David Rein, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

"An Honor to Join, a Benefit to Belong"

Sigma Theta Tau (STT) is the only International honor society in nursing for undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional nurses. It is a global community of nurse scholars and leaders from 90 countries recognized for their superior achievement, leadership qualities, high professional standards, and commitment to the profession of nursing. Students are invited to join Tau Sigma Chapter based on courses completed, class rank, and GPA.

Tau Sigma "Chapter - at - Large"

In 2013, the faculty from the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences working with the faculty from the Columbia College of Nursing from Tau Sigma, presented an application for a chapter charter amendment to Sigma Theta Tau International. The chapter charter was amended to "Chapter - at - Large." This amendment is significant in the life of the chapter as it affords more students, faculty, and leaders in the nursing profession an opportunity to participate in chapter activities and make contributions to their organization by representing nursing in a more definitive manner.

Find out more about the Tau Sigma "Chapter-at-Large" with the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences and Columbia College of Nursing by clicking here. Learn about the Nursing Honor Society by clicking here.

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Stritch’s nursing programs receive national media coverage


"I wish that every school involved with training our country’s future medical professionals would follow what Julie Lepianka is promoting at Cardinal Stritch University. I wish compassion and communication were the natural models because every one of us will face our own time in a hospital, whether as patients ourselves or watching over people we love dearly."

Rachel James Clevenger, M.Ed., PhD, Private University Products and News Editor-in-Chief

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