Inspiring Generations of Leaders
By choosing an Avila University nursing program, you are choosing to become part of a tradition of scholarship and service more than 150 years in the making, and a member of a 14,000-strong alumni community that is changing lives for the better around the world.
Avila University has its roots in a school for girls founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1866. From those roots, we’ve grown into a diverse and modern Catholic university, educating leaders from all backgrounds who want to dedicate their careers to leadership and service in their communities.
Developing a New Generation of Nursing Leadership
Our School of Nursing was founded in 1940 and has been continuously accredited since 1946. We are known as a regional leader in nursing education, offering one of the area’s longest-established baccalaureate nursing programs. The ABSN program at Avila reflect our university-wide commitment to:
- Excellence in teaching and learning
- The worth, dignity, and potential of each human being
- Diversity and its expression
- The development of the whole person
- Right relationships with God, self, others, and creation
- Service with the dear neighbor
Choose Avila University nursing because we offer:
Diversity and Its Expression. We value our diversity. A true representation of Kansas City, more than 31% of our undergraduates are first-generation college students. 46% of our student body is made up of students of color, and 78% of our students are from a faith background other than Catholic.
Innovation. Our nursing programs have evolved with the nursing profession—and with the needs of 21st-Century nursing students. Our curriculum reflects both current best practices for teaching and learning and the realities of a nursing profession that is being rapidly changed by new technology.
Personal Attention. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio in our undergraduate classes, Avila ensures you are never just a face in the crowd. You’ll have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with your instructors and your fellow nursing classmates.
Clinically Experienced Faculty. We select our nursing faculty for their clinical experience, academic or research achievements, and their commitment to excellence in teaching. You’ll benefit from their real-world understanding of nursing and their mentorship.
Exceptional Career Preparation. School of Nursing graduates consistently report satisfaction with the courses and teaching in our program and their preparation for the nursing role. They also report being able to easily secure jobs after graduation.