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The learning community is designed to help students succeed as they begin college.  Success means developing effective academic habits and feeling connected with others like yourself. The two key elements of the learning community are:

A cohort model – This puts students together in common classes where they can build strong, supportive relationships with faculty and peers.

Interdisciplinary education – This is achieved by linking courses or elements within courses. Students work on projects and assignments which satisfy objectives in multiple disciplines.

For example, students may visit a cadaver exhibit and compose an academic portfolio:

  • For Biology, students sketch and label the human body; describe a salient body system; make inferences about health and disease from observation of the cadavers.
  • For English, students reflect upon their expectations of seeing a dead body and explore the ethics of cadaver display.
  • For First Year Experience, students apply writing and presentation skills learned in      class.

Lourdes University launched the first Pre-Nursing Learning Community in Fall 2007 and has taught 12 cohorts so far.  Our retention numbers have been very strong.

Our current cohort size of 16 students maximum is dictated by seats in the lab. The 2019-2020 PNLC comprises the following 7 courses:

  • BIO/BIL 330 & 331 – Anatomy & Physiology Lecture and Lab; 2 semesters
  • ENG 101/102 – Composition I (Essay Writing) & Composition II (Research &             Writing); 2 semesters
  • FYE 100 – The Lourdes Experience; 1 semester

In addition, the PNLC has a dedicated Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) section run by trained peer coaches selected by the faculty from prior successful students.

For more information on the Pre-Nursing Learning Community, contact Dr. Christine Boudrie, Associate Professor of Biology and Health Sciences at 419-517-8935 or