Nursing Programs

Dean of Nursing & Director of Doctor in
Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500

Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator
Jayne Cromer, CRNA, DNP
PH 402.552.3621 TF 800.647.5500

Assistant Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator
Ann Glow, CRNA, DNP
PH 402.552.6639 TF 800.647.5500

Director of Graduate Nursing &
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE
PH 402.552.2770  TF 800.647.5500

Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Marsha Cravens, M.Ed., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6287  TF 800.647.5500


Clarkson College offers a variety of nursing programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Post-Master’s Certificates and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program can be completed as a traditional student (four-year traditional college schedule), LPN to BSN student (for individuals who are currently licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse) or as a RN to BSN student (for individuals who are currently licensed as a Registered Nurse and have either an associate’s de­gree in nursing or a three-year nursing diploma). Completion of the BSN program will lead to a degree in nursing and eligibility to write the registered nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides five options for graduate students including: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education, Nursing Health Care Administration or Nurse Anesthesia. For those nursing professionals who already have earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, each of these graduate options—except Nurse Anesthesia—may be completed as a post-master’s certificate. The RN to MSN program is designed for individuals who are currently licensed as a registered nurse (RN) and have either an associate’s de­gree in nursing or a three-year nursing diploma.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides advanced practice Nurse Practitioners (APRN) with expanded knowledge and expertise to provide leadership in an evidence-based practice environment. The program is designed for the Master’s degree-prepared currently licensed and certified nurse practitioner, midwife, clinical nurse specialist and/or nurse anesthetist and builds on the foundations of the advanced practice role.


Preparing nurses to provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health care services to individuals, families, communities and populations.


We, the nursing faculty of Clarkson College, believe we possess the knowledge, skill and attitude to educate individuals for the professional practice of nursing. We are committed to scholarship through lifelong learning and the pursuit of knowledge. Consistent with the Clarkson College Values, the Nursing faculty value Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence in our professional relationships. We are dedicated to the dignity, health and spiritual needs of people. We are committed professional nurse educators who foster nursing education in a caring environment.

We believe the study of nursing is consistent with and fosters the Mission and Values of Clarkson College. Our beliefs regarding human beings, environments, health, education, nursing education and nursing are contained within the Nursing program’s philosophy. A human being is an individual who consists of a mind, body and soul developed through interpersonal relationships and influenced by environment, culture and health. Environment is a set of dynamic physical, cultural, political and economic conditions that influence the lives of individuals, families, communities and populations. The individual is in constant interaction with an ever-changing global environment. Nursing recognizes the impact a person’s environment has upon health. Health is an individually perceived dynamic state of well-being. Nursing is a humanistic and scientific care discipline and profession.

We profess that education is a formal process of organizing concepts and elements, planning appropriate activities, facilitating individualized learning experiences and evaluating subsequent outcomes. We ground nursing education in the totality of the human experience through the study of the humanities, arts and sciences within the scope of nursing practice. We believe students are partners in the educational process and encourage learning by discovery, curiosity, clinical decision making, experience, reflection, modeling, collaboration and interactive participation. We model service to the College and community, and celebrate the diversity of human beings.

We believe there are various educational levels within nursing. The baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs within Clarkson College represent these levels. The baccalaureate in nursing is the entry level for professional practice. Graduate nursing education prepares the professional baccalaureate nurse for advanced practice and expanded roles within the discipline. Our programs allow for articulation from one level of nursing education to the next and flows from simple to complex.

We believe caring is the foundational core of the nursing profession, and it is the energy present in empowering relationships. Caring for clients includes the ability to teach, lead and inspire individuals and groups toward optimal health and wellness. We, the Nursing faculty at Clarkson College, believe that caring is the essence of nursing and the most central and unifying focus for nursing practice. Our students are educated in the concepts of caring, client-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based nursing practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics and professionalism.

Doctoral Degree:

  • Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post-Master’s Certificates:

  • Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Health Care Administration

Master of Science Degrees

  • Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Health Care Administration
  • RN to MSN

Bachelor of Science Degrees:

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN