Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Compassionate. Cutting-Edge. Collaborative.

Cardinal Stritch University nursing graduates are different, there is ‘a special something’ that health care employers recognize. 

Why are Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) grads different?

We could say it is our unique infusion of mental health into the curriculum, giving grads an understanding of the mind-body connection in caring for the whole person. We could say it is because of the cutting-edge curriculum, which is constantly evolving thanks to Stritch’s collaboration with leading health care organizations. We could also say that it is because of our faculty who are exceptional at teaching practical nursing skills, but then take it to a higher level by teaching and modelling care and compassion for the people they serve.

But really, Stritch nurses are in demand by employers because, they truly are special.  Cardinal Stritch University Nursing grads are committed, compassionate nurses who want to share their gifts and knowledge.

Recent national media coverage illustrates just one of the ways Cardinal Stritch University’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is taking nursing education to a different level:


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


Building Healthy Communities.

From vibrant student nurse associations, to mission trips, to serving in the Milwaukee community, building healthy, strong communities are a core value for the CONHS.  Community involvement is fostered through:
  • Clinical learning experiences,
  • Participation in the Healthy Kids Collaborative (a joint effort between the Mayor’s office, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Health Department, Stritch, and other universities),
  • Partnership with Columbia College of Nursing in a Sigma Theta Tau International at Large Chapter (nursing honor society),
  • Sharing of mental health expertise through the Mental Health Resource Guide, and other initiatives.


Learn more about the program of interest to you

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - TRUE Freshman Direct Admit
  • RN to BSN Degree Completion– Online program
  • Respiratory Therapy Bachelor Degree Completion – Online program
  • Master of Science in Nursing with Educator or Leader concentrations
  • Concurrent Enrollment Program for Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness 
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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.

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.

The Stritch LiquidCompass site houses a complete list for every healthcare job in one place for students, new graduates and alumni.


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Stritch’s nursing programs receive national media coverage

Private University Products and News
Spiritual Care in Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University
Inside Higher Ed 
Public and Private Institutions Partner to Produce More Nurses, More Quickly


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