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Students come to UHC for professional education in nursing, and they find much more--a lifelong calling and passion for healing and serving patients.  And, they earn a professional degree that will be in high-demand for decades to come.

UHC Nursing continues to be a leading state and regional program.  Our graduates earn high scores on the national licensure examination and impressive starting salaries.  Named 2014 Nursing School of the Year entry into practice program, UHC has a reputation for exemplary education and for helping students understand the importance of spirituality to the healing arts.

This competitive program, begun in the 1980s, has educated approximately 1,000 of the region’s most qualified nurses, many of whom have earned advanced degrees and serve in leadership positions.  The highly qualified, inspiring faculty prepare students for real-world success through a rigorous curriculum and well-equipped science labs. 

UHC Nursing traditions bring students together.  From the “blessing of the hands” ceremony as students begin their clinical education to service activities such as helping the elderly, students bond through positive experiences that help them develop as persons and professionals.  Students are active in national, state and local student nursing associations and research.  Students begin clinical nursing courses in the sophomore year.

UHC Nursing Accomplishments

Nursing School of the Year 2014 entry into practice program, by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.

Graduates earn higher scores on the national licensure examination than other nursing schools. 

2014 Nursing graduates Kelsea Bice and Allison Scaccia were accepted into the prestigious Graduate Nurse Residency Program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  “At UHC, our faculty make our program the best,” says Bice, who was Vice President, National Student Nurses' Association. 

UHC students have authored two National Student Nurses Association resolutions passed in 2013 and 2014--calling for disaster preparedness in undergraduate nursing education   and for an increase in exposure to spiritually competent care.

UHC’s Student Nurses Association is one of only seven U.S. nursing schools to receive Stellar School Chapter Recognition as an elite organization.

UHC Nurses Are Going Places

Jared Gros, Class of '16, was hired by East Jeffersn General Hospital after serving a rotation at the hospital. 

What Nursing Alumni Say

“UHC  nurses, when you see them at work, tend to be more professional and compassionate.  They focus not only on the patient’s healthcare needs but on their spiritual needs.  When you see them holding a patient’s hand or talking with the family, you know they came from a wonderful place.”  Erin Young, RN, MSN, CRRN, Director of Patient Experience, East Jefferson General Hospital

Nurses In Great Demand For Decades To Come

Registered Nurses are among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 (released 12/2013). The RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 19%.  (source:

The Department of Nursing of the University of Holy Cross is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
(3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020) to award the baccalaureate degree.

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