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Nursing Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and obstacles, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Nursing Cougar Map (PDF).

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(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine-tuning papers. Don't get discouraged in your first year! For stress relief ideas, visit the Counseling Center. Take advantage of your summer by taking courses to graduate on time. Visit the library for the appropriate resources in writing your research papers. Consider pursuing a minor to achieve your career goals. Meet with faculty Academic Success Coaches. Get to know your Nursing academic advisor. Consider working with a faculty member on a research project. Remember important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, etc. Attend an Academic Success Workshop and/or meet with peer tutors. Apply for Nursing scholarships. Showcase your student-faculty collaborative project at the Research Expo or at a regional or national conference. Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.


(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs/RSOs, volunteering)

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team. Join the Student Nurses Association (SNA) and attend at least one SNA event. Volunteer in a health care setting. Take part in a service trip or study abroad program. In the spring, apply for X-Factor Leadership opportunities. Attend SNA meetings and activities. Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization. Volunteer with SXU's Campus Ministry or a local organization. Volunteer at the SXU Health Fair, and SONHS Open House. Become a tutor or peer mentor. Mentor the next generation of student association officers. Participate in the Nursing Political Action Day and the SONHS Global Awareness Day.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS. Talk to your advisor about preparing for internship and clinical experiences. Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles. Attend SXU's career-related events throughout the year and network with professionals. Explore nursing externships offered by hospitals. Secure a position as a patient care tech, nursing assistant or nurse extern. Attend job, graduate school and intern fairs to help prepare you for what comes next after college. Prepare for the NCLEX with practice questions and content remediation. Apply for RN positions. Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.