Curriculum | Post-baccalaureate Nursing
The following Nursing program outcomes identify the depth and breadth of knowledge which graduates of all undergraduate nursing programs are able to demonstrate. Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing programs the graduate will:
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences, and the Benedictine values in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
- Demonstrate values and behaviors consistent with professional nursing standards.
- Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies in dynamic healthcare environments
- Integrate effective inter-professional collaboration into practice to enhance the health of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
- Utilize knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.
Nursing skills and simulation labs
Laboratory learning activities involve students in the hands-on practice of nursing skills involved in patient care. The School of Nursing received a HRSA federal grant to update equipment in the skills and simulation lab on the Duluth campus, and equip a new nursing skills and simulation lab on the St. Cloud campus. In the simulation lab, students participate in patient care scenarios with simulation manikins as patients.
Lab intensives - Students in the St. Cloud program will attend lab at the St. Cloud campus one to three times during a semester for a concentrated time frame (i.e. 3-5 days). Efforts are made to group lab days to decrease travel costs.
Clinical learning experiences
Clinical learning activities are experiences with actual patients in a variety of patient-care settings. Experiences are with a St. Scholastica faculty member or with an RN preceptor & supervised by St. Scholastica faculty.
The Director of Educational Experiences secures all clinical placements for both the Duluth and St. Cloud programs. Students are responsible for all costs related to attending clinical experiences: transportation, lodging if required, meals and parking.
Student clinical experiences in the Duluth program include a variety of health care facilities in the Duluth area. For rural (semester II), the College has an ongoing relationship with rural sites in the greater Minnesota/Wisconsin area; for the externship (semester IV) efforts will be make to place the students at a facility of his or her choosing.
Student clinical experiences in the St. Cloud program include a variety of health care facilities and are scheduled in an intensive format similar to the lab intensives. Effort will be made to keep clinical sites within a reasonable proximity to the student's home. For rural (semester II) and externship (semester IV) experiences, students will work with the Director of Educational Experiences to select a site.
Evidence of clock hours
In the Baccalaureate Degree Program, a total of 50 nursing credits are required for the completion of the nursing major. Completion of the nursing major course work combined with a student's previous baccalaureate course work and one heritage course taken during the program meet CSS requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Because the program will be intense, it is expected that students will not be able to work while attending this program.
- When course credits are used for theory, time allotted is 1 hour for every course credit.
- When course credits are used for laboratory experiences, the time allotted is 2 hours for every course credit. Laboratory learning activities include active student participation in the nursing skills and simulation labs.
- When course credits are used for clinical experiences, the time allotted is 3 hours for every course credit. Clinical learning activities are experiences with actual clients or experiences with a professional nurse in a patient-care setting
Semester I (11 nursing credits)
[Duluth - Summer I] [St. Cloud - Fall I]
NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice - 5 credits (3 theory, 2 lab)
NSG 3645 Professional Nursing I - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3660 Health Transition I - 4 credits (2 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing acute illness across the lifespan. **
Semester II (12 - 14* nursing credits; 4 general education credits)
[Duluth - Fall] [St. Cloud - Spring]
NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3867 Evidence-Based Practice - 1 credit (theory)
NSG 3870 Health Transitions II - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients and families experiencing acute illness in the rural setting.**
NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I - 2 credits (lab)
TRS 3777 Catholic Benedictine Perspectives: Responsible Living and Meaningful Work
Semester III (14 - 16* nursing credits)
[Duluth - Spring] [St. Cloud - Summer]
NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 4660 Health Transitions III - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing complex illness.**
NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II - 2 credits (lab)
NSG 4674 Community Health - 3 credits (theory)
Semester IV (13 nursing credits)
[Duluth - Summer II] [St. Cloud - Fall II]
NSG 4800 Professional Nursing IV - 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Leadership experience; students work with an RN in a leadership position supervised by CSS clinical faculty.**
NSG 4874 Community as Client - 2 credits (1 lab; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Students assess and plan care for a selected community.**
NSG 4880 Capstone - 6 credits (2 theory; 1 lab; 3 clinical/135 hours)
Clinical - Student externship experience at the end of the program; students work with an RN preceptor as a graduate nurse supervised by CSS faculty.**
NSG Elective - 2 credits (theory) can be taken semester II, III or IV
2 credits of NSG electives are also required.
All General Education requirements must be met as well. Often, but not always, these requirements are met by previous undergraduate study.
Katie WayneAdmissions Counselor