A values-centered learning community.
Lourdes University is a private Catholic and Franciscan university established by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1958. For more than 60 years, Lourdes has produced leaders for business, nursing, social work, education, and many other fields—leaders who stand out for their dedication to personal and professional excellence, and for their embodiment of our values of community, service, reverence, and learning.
Our College of Nursing (CON) graduates provide compassionate and evidence-based nursing care to patients of all backgrounds. We are known as a nursing school of distinction in the region—we have been awarded more than $12 million in grants based on the quality of our faculty, staff, and graduates.
We believe that learning happens best in an environment where students feel supported and known. That’s why we keep classes small—our student-faculty ratio is 15:1 in classes, and 6:1 in nursing clinicals. It’s also why we choose nursing faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and mentorship as well as in clinical practice. In fact, 77% of our faculty have produced national publications and presentations.
Committed to Evidence-Based Practice
Nursing is a caring and scientific profession. As practitioners and as educators of future nurses, Lourdes University faculty teach students to evaluate nursing research and how to apply evidence to improve the quality and safety of the care they provide for their patients.
We also ensure you have many opportunities to put theory and skills you learn in class and in simulation labs into practice in clinical experience. We have 35 regional health care partners where DEMSN students can complete clinical rotations.
Dedicated to Diversity
At Lourdes University, the value of “reverence” is about valuing the dignity and worth of every human person, regardless of their culture, class, or ethnicity. As a Lourdes University DEMSN graduate, you’ll be prepared to care for the whole person in front of you—not just their health conditions.
A Proven Path to Professional Success
The Lourdes University College of Nursing has a 95% graduation rate as of 2019. Students graduate with the knowledge, clinical skills, leadership qualities, and compassionate nature needed for excellence in the nursing profession.
Prepare to become more than a nurse with a master’s degree—prepare to become a nurse with a Lourdes University master’s degree.