Nurses are the largest group of health care professionals in the United States. With the nursing job market extremely good nationwide, the time to become a nurse has never been better. Since experts predict that the nursing shortage will continue for the next decade, a nursing career will mean choices in work settings, types of positions, and security, knowing that there is a well-paying and prestigious position waiting for you upon graduation.
Today nursing leadership is critically needed. Getting a baccalaureate degree is an asset to nurses whose broad educational background and strong foundation in the sciences facilitates their upward mobility. Graduates of baccalaureate programs are prepared to be leaders in the rapidly changing health care system.
St. Scholastica's traditional baccalaureate nursing program has a long-standing reputation of excellence and currently admits up to 112 students each fall semester. The undergraduate nursing programs are approved as licensure-preparing programs by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The curriculum reflects current health care trends and the role of the registered nurse in today's complex health care system. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum simulation, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit. Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse.
Our history speaks for itself as The College of St. Scholastica's nursing program has been providing nursing education since 1933. It is a program in which students are able to combine quality student-centered classroom learning with clinical learning experiences in a variety of settings. Duluth is a regional health care center with three hospitals, two major clinics, several nursing homes and residential health care facilities, and numerous community health agencies that serve northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
Based on our long and rich history of educating individuals for positions of responsibility in all areas of the health care delivery system, the College of St. Scholastica School of Nursing is poised to respond to the challenges that lie ahead in health care. Students are given the opportunity for clinical experiences in pediatric, maternity, psychiatric-mental health, medical/surgical, community and gerontological nursing. In addition we require electives in the senior year that allow students to expand their knowledge in an area of interest. As a graduate you will have the knowledge to provide the kind of care we need tomorrow.
The baccalaureate degree and master's degree programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Lower Division Required Courses
Dignitas (4 credits)
First Year Composition (4 credits)
Human Communication (4 credits)
Sociology (4 credits)
General and Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences (4 credits)
Cell Biology (2 credits)
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4 credits)
Introduction to Counseling (2 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)
Microbiology (3 credits)
Nutrition I (2 credits)
Required Nursing Courses
There are 50 nursing credits in the traditional baccalaureate program. Six credits are taken second semester of sophomore year with the other 44 credits distributed between junior and senior year.
Required Support Courses
Pathophysiology (4 credits)
Statistics (4 credits)
Nutrition II (2 credits)
Students apply to the baccalaureate nursing program during the fall semester of their sophomore year and if accepted, will begin the nursing program in the spring of their sophomore year.
Specific requirements are:
The following requirements need to be completed prior to making application to the major:
New CSS freshmen are eligible for the ENTER program, which is a criterion based, early admission program. This program guaranties admission to those students who upon admission to the college declare their intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing and who meet ENTER program criteria. Although admission is guaranteed, ENTER students must complete the application form and all the requirements listed above.
Option for Registered Nurse Students
Are you already a Registered Nurse (RN) but interested in the advantages that come with a baccalaureate degree in nursing?
Registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing can apply for admission to the RN/BS track. This track is designed for the RN who has at least one year's experience in nursing and who may currently hold a full-time position in nursing. All courses are offered online. Inquire about St. Scholastica's flexible program for registered nurses by contacting the School of Nursing.
Students seeking to transfer into the nursing program from another college should consult with the Coordinator of Student Services for the Undergraduate Nursing Department for the School of Nursing to determine course equivalencies for prerequisite courses. An overall GPA of 3.0 with at least a B in all transferred prerequisite courses is required. The School of Nursing reserves the right to select students who best meet the qualifications. Students transferring at the junior and senior levels are considered individually.
For Further Information
If you would like more information about our program or financial aid contact:
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
(218) 723-6046 or 1-800-447-5444
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The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity educator and employer.