Velma “Sue” Westbrook, D.N.S., MA, RN
Professor of Nursing
Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health
Office: 172 Betsy C. Ayo Hall
Phone: 985-448-4687


To be recognized as an innovative leader in the educational preparation of entry-level and advanced practice nurses 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 the service region and beyond. This is accomplished by continuously improving its teaching, research, and service in a student-centered, culturally rich and dynamic learning environment that fosters faculty, staff, and student engagement. 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,” by embracing as its core values:

  1. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: We use our time and talents to serve our community, recognizing that service to others is the cornerstone of the health professions.
  2. DIVERSITY: We respect differences among members of society by providing a nurturing and tolerant environment.
  3. EXCELLENCE: We strive to achieve the highest quality in all endeavors. We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and empowerment through learning.
  4. INTEGRITY: We strive to be fair and truthful in all instances.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. RESPONSIBILITY: We are responsible for our actions. We adhere to the doctrine of individual accountability in all our activities and contributions.
  8. CARING: We treat others with empathy and openness in all our encounters while respecting each one’s individuality.
  9. PROFESSIONALISM: We strive to demonstrate integrity in all our actions and to be committed and accountable to our stakeholders.
  10. SAFETY: We commit to mitigating error through system analysis, quality improvement, and personal accountability and responsibility.

Strategic Goals

In an effort to fulfill the College and University mission, the following strategic goals have been developed:

  1. Increase opportunities for student access and success in nursing and allied health disciplines.
  2. Increasse research that engages faculty and students seeking knowledge in the areas of nursing and allied health.
  3. Ensure quality, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness in all nursing and allied health programs.
  4. Increase recognition and visibility of the college for meeting regional workforce needs and for providing cultural enrichment and service to the community.
  5. Enhance sense of College community, pride in the University and service to the community.

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 and is nationally accredited by 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 of Athletic Training Education and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.




  • Athletic Training
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Dietetics
  • Health Sciences
    • Pre-Professional Concentration
    • Supervision and Management Concentration

General Requirements

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 any course used to fulfill the university writing-intensive course for the general education requirement. (generally ENGL 310, 368, or 468, or BSAD 310)

NOTE: Programs of study in the College have selective enrollment.

Ethical/Professional Disposition

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.


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