The School of Nursing is one of the largest nursing programs in Minnesota, with access to hundreds of clinical sites, large and small, rural and urban, in hospitals and community centers. The School of Nursing programs respond to the health care needs of the region, especially under-served populations including rural communities and residents with mental health needs.
The undergraduate nursing program consists of three tracks with a baccalaureate nursing major: Traditional Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and RN to BS online. The undergraduate nursing program is approved as a licensure-preparing program by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied through a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration.
The School also educates nursing leaders in its Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.
The Master of Science in Advanced Practiced Nursing program educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing as clinical nurse specialists, nurse managers, adult nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and provides a foundation for doctoral study in nursing.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered as a post-master's option for current advanced practice nurses, and a BS to DNP option for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses. Both options reflect a multidisciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate-level courses from other disciplines.
The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
Message from the Dean
This is an exciting time to be a student in any of our programs. Nurses are in great demand everywhere! A baccalaureate or master's degree prepares you for an amazing number of exciting career opportunities.
Why are nurses in such demand? The explosion of knowledge and opportunities are at an all time high. The science of health care has expanded phenomenally in the past five years. The economic changes in health care impact nursing in several ways. Patients are in the hospital for increasingly complex diagnostic and treatment procedures. These factors mean that more nurses are needed. More nurses are also needed to work with patients outside the hospital setting. Nurses have important work in schools, clinics, public health agencies and other settings to prevent illness before they occur or assist patients and families after a hospitalization. Nurses with master's degrees such as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists have been demonstrated to provide high quality and cost-effective health care. These nurses are also in great demand.
Why get a degree at CSS? We have a long and illustrious reputation for excellence. We have access to hundreds of clinical sites, large and small, rural and urban, hospitals and community centers. We have students in nursing, English, physical therapy, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, exercise physiology, management, health information management, and many other majors or graduate programs all learning together. The time is right to start or expand your nursing career. We hope you'll take a good look at what we're doing and consider CSS in your future.
Dean Marty Witrak earned a PhD from Syracuse University, a MS from the University of Minnesota, and a BS from St. Olaf College, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.