Velma B. Westbrook, D.N.S, MA, RN
Professor of Nursing
Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health
Office: 172 Betsy C. Ayo Hall
To be recognized as an innovative leader in the educational preparation of nursing and allied health professionals.
The mission of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Nicholls State University is consistent with the mission statement and goals of the University. The mission of the College of Nursing and Allied Health is to prepare students to contribute to a global society and a diverse workforce as productive, responsible, and engaged citizens and as well-educated healthcare professionals to meet the healthcare needs of Louisiana and beyond. This is accomplished by continuously improving its teaching, research, and service in a personalized, culturally rich and dynamic learning environment that fosters faculty, staff, and student engagement. While the College promotes research and appropriate service, teaching is its primary mission. The College extends its mission beyond instruction by offering continuing education activities for healthcare professionals. The College is dedicated to continuous quality improvement through systematic assessment and evaluation of program outcomes, processes, and current and former students.
The College of Nursing and Allied Health supports the Nicholls creed, affirming “values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world,” and embraces as its core values:
- DIVERSITY: We respect differences among members of society by providing a nurturing and tolerant environment.
- EXCELLENCE: We strive to achieve the highest quality in all endeavors. We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and empowerment through learning.
- INTEGRITY: We strive to be fair and truthful in all instances.
- LEADERSHIP: We are good stewards and representatives of the university because we value our collective role as a regional leader and model for all we serve.
- RESPECTFULNESS: We commit to the customs and amenities of a civil society. We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs and interest of our constituents.
- RESPONSIBILITY: We are responsible for our actions. We adhere to the doctrine of individual accountability in all our activities and contributions.
- CARING: We treat others with empathy and openness in all our encounters while respecting each one’s individuality.
- PROFESSIONALISM: We strive to demonstrate integrity in all our actions and to be committed and accountable to our stakeholders.
Strategic Goals 2006-2010
In an effort to fulfill the College and University mission, the following strategic goals have been developed:
- Increase opportunities for student access and success in nursing and allied health disciplines.
- Ensure quality and accountability in all nursing and allied health programs.
- Enhance nursing and allied health services to community and state.
- Manage fiscal resources (related to nursing and allied health expenses).
- Increase recognition and visibility of the College
- Enhance sense of College community.
- Promote a diverse College community to provide an enriched and challenging educational experience in the nursing and allied health disciplines.
Approval and Accreditation
Within the College of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nurses. Further, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Additionally, Nicholls State University College of Nursing and Allied Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The Department of Allied Health Sciences and its associated programs are nationally accredited and certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH DEGREES AND PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
- Athletic Training
- Communicative Disorders
- Health Sciences
- Pre Professional Concentration
- Supervision and Management Concentration
Minimum requirements for the degrees offered within the College conform to the university’s General Education Degree Requirements. In addition, the student shall:
- Complete satisfactorily one of the curricula offered by the College.
- Earn a minimum grade of C or better in course work in the major or as specified by the curriculum. Grade requirements in the minor fields are stated in each specific curriculum.
- Earn a grade of C or better in ENGL 101, 102, and 368.
NOTE: Programs of study in the College have selective enrollment.
Nursing and health care professionals have the responsibility to ensure that the welfare of society is safeguarded and enhanced. Consequently, persons whose actions, performance, or behavior could adversely affect consumers in the health care system may be subject to the sanctions of regulatory bodies which may affect progression in the respective program of study.
- DEPARTMENT OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
- DEPARTMENT OF NURSING