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USI College of Nursing and Health Professions

From here we soar!

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a global influence in health, healthcare and healthcare education with students from 28 states and six countries enrolled in on-campus and online undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

To ensure our graduates are ready for the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system, our educational goals focus on critical thinking and creative problem solving. Additional goals include the use of evidence-based practice protocols, effective communication, cultural sensitivity, systems leadership for quality care and health policy.

Our vision is a simple but powerful one: Healthy communities for all. 

Why choose a career in healthcare?


Celebrating IPE

The National Academies of Practice has proclaimed the month of April as “National Interprofessional Health Care Month.” The CNHP offers a variety of interprofessional activities for students to demonstrate that clinical collaboration leads to safe, effective and high quality healthcare.

Free Dementia Support Group

USI Bronstein Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness is partnering with Positive Approach to Care® to offer a free online care partner support series designed especially for people caring for someone living with dementia. The live virtual sessions will be held 7-8:30 p.m. CDT on five consecutive Thursdays beginning April 25 and will include video clips with dementia expert Teepa Snow, interactive activities, discussions and caregiver resources.

Free Pregnancy Ultrasounds

The USI Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offering non-diagnostic ultrasounds to expectant mothers in their second or third trimester (22-34 weeks pregnant) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through April 30. Students will be practicing assigned images under the direction of experienced faculty members. To schedule an appointment, email

DMS Faculty Achievement

Jordan Thomason '13, Instructor in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, passed her abdominal sonography national certification exam, becoming one of seven people in the U.S certified in abdomen, OBGYN and pediatric sonography, as well as adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography and fetal cardiography. Plus, she is the only person in Indiana with those credentials. Thomason is the Clinical Coordinator for the USI DMS program and also teaches all the echocardiography courses.

Faculty Receives Indiana League for Nursing Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley N. Carter ’08 MSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, for receiving the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Indiana League for Nursing (ILN).

Nursing Resiliency Study

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, large numbers of nurses are retiring or leaving the profession. This national workforce decline is often attributed to the challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to staffing issues, stress, burnout and concerns for nurses’ overall mental health. Because resilience involves adapting to and overcoming stressful life circumstances, several faculty members in the USI Nursing program have been researching ways for students to build resilience from the start of their nursing education.

Business Partnership

A revenue cycle management company headquartered in Evansville, Pollux Systems, Inc., has created a deep-rooted connection with the University of Southern Indiana–particularly the Health Services, Health Administration and Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) programs.

Simulation Education

In early June, Beth Thompson and Carly Andrews attended the 2023 ASPE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, where they attended sessions learning and sharing innovative ideas in standardized patient simulation and had the opportunity to experience the latest in simulation technology. ASPE stands for "Association of Standardized Patient Educators," and it is a global network for human simulation education. Their trip was funded by the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program as part of ongoing initiatives to incorporate standardized patients into the gerontology curriculum. Learn more about USI's Clinical Simulation Center by clicking the button below.

Some Heroes Wear White Coats

Three Posey County teens recently visited USI to thank a member of our Nursing faculty for her quick response when they were injured in a three-vehicle accident.

Spotlight on Our Swimmers

Two student-athletes in the College of Nursing and Health Professions made a splash during their freshman year as members of USI's first Swimming and Diving teams! Read more about our inaugural swimmers in the newest issue of USI's Illume magazine.

Nursing Students Bring Home Trophies

Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Ostendorf, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, and USI Nursing students on two exciting wins! On April 10, they won the 2023 Critical Care Challenge sponsored by the Greater Evansville Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The team also captured first place at the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Challenge sponsored by the Kentucky Nurses Association on March 21.

OT Faculty Receives Early Career Faculty Grant

Congratulations to Jenna Thacker, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, '11, OT '12, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy (OT), for receiving a $5,000 Early Career Faculty Grant from the University of Southern Indiana Provost’s Office. These grants are given each year to encourage early career faculty to pursue promising research, creative and engagement projects for one consecutive 10-week summer term. Thacker intends to study functional dry needling (FDN), which she says is “growing like wildfire” in the field of physical therapy (PT).

Holt receives OVC Student Success Award

Congratulations to Emily Holt, Clinical Professor of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting, for making an impact on student success at USI! She was recognized in the inaugural Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Outstanding Faculty-Commitment to Student Success Awards!

Nurse of the Year

Alexandra Gilmore ’17 was named the 2023 Nurse of the Year at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana. She has worked in the hospital's intensive care unit for six years.

Healthcare Meets Art

The worlds of healthcare and art intersected recently at USI during Dr. Zach Ward’s Competitive Strategies and Marketing in Healthcare class (HA 496). Aaron Kizer, a native of Owensboro who is renowned for his striking portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons, recently spoke to Ward’s students about his work and artistic portfolio that ranges from hip-hop artists’ album covers to Fortune 500 companies.

Nursing Instructor Forms Nonprofit in Posey County

USI Nursing's newest faculty member puts best foot forward with mission to provide new shoes for Mount Vernon elementary school students.

Dietetics Major Shares USI's Recipe for Success

Sarah Fruit was named the USI Student Volunteer of the Year award at the Volunteer USI Dinner in August and is also the 2022 recipient of a University-wide scholarship. She says opportunities within the Food and Nutrition Program at USI have prepared her for her future career.

Timepiece Links Student to Nursing Legacy

Prior to the USI Nursing White Coat Ceremony on September 11, 2022, Hailey Reas’ mother loaned her something special to wear to remember her family’s legacy of nursing service.

From the Cross Country Course to the Classroom

A junior majoring in Health Administration is the first student-athlete in USI school history to claim a NCAA Division I conference title. Read more about Lauren Greiwe and her accomplishments on the USI Women's Cross Country team.


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