CUAA Launches New School of Nursing

Published on April 17th, 2017

Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA), Ann Arbor, Mich., is preparing the next generation of Christian nurses with its newly opened School of Nursing.

The university announced the addition of its latest academic school in November 2015 and welcomed its first two cohorts of students during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters. The university has also made great strides with inter-professional education (IPE) simulation throughout the campus community and within the Michigan Simulation Network.

“Our nurses will be better skilled and better prepared because of their Christ-centered, Concordia education,” said Dr. Cindy Fenske, who joined the CUAA faculty as campus dean of nursing from the University of Michigan. “We have dedicated instructors, a hands-on, rigorous curriculum and an amazing facility that is state-of-the-art in all aspects.”

The School of Nursing is housed in CUAA’s North Building, a university acquisition in fall 2015. The building boasts an assessment lab with eight exam rooms, a 10-bed skills lab, pod-style learning stations to facilitate student collaboration and five high-acuity simulation rooms as well as a simulation apartment.

“Because of our facility, we don’t have to say to our students, ‘pretend this is happening,’ or ‘make-believe this is going on,’ ” Fenske says. “Every day, they experience realistic situations that they will see among patients in their clinicals and in their careers.”

Concordia nursing students are in simulation labs for at least 90 minutes every week for the entire six semesters of their nursing curriculum. Simulations are based on the lessons being learned in the classroom that week, including both nursing-focused simulations and IPE simulations that integrate students from other majors and professional fields on campus.

Fenske shares that a Concordia education is about more than preparing the heads and hands of future nurses; it’s about preparing their hearts. “Our mission as Concordia’s School of Nursing is not only to provide an excellent education for our students in both knowledge and skills; we are also providing an education that is compassionate and Christ-centered.”

For more information about the CUAA nursing program, go to and under “Academics,” select “Nursing” from the drop-down menu.

Written by Rachel Ferry, CUAA Manager of Campus Communications
Originally published in the April edition of the Lutheran Witness