The baccalaureate nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.
FAST FACTS: R.N. to B.S.
As the nation's population lives longer and more active lives, the demand for highly educated nurses also is rising. To keep abreast of an expanding field, R.N.s must increase their education levels to improve patient outcomes, prepare for management roles and to stay competitive in the workplace.
St. Scholastica's nursing department has been educating qualified and successful graduates for 75 years. Our nursing program is one of the largest in the state and is recognized regionally for its excellence.
In a life that's already crowded with work and family obligations, starting a degree program can be daunting. At St. Scholastica, our online advisors work closely with you to create an individualized program plan that fits your previous education and personal life. If you need to take a semester off for personal or professional reasons, we'll help keep you on track for graduation.
In addition, the R.N. to B.S. Online Nursing Track is delivered online to minimize the time you're away from your family and your job. Our online learning environment allows you to collaborate with your peers and complete assignments on your schedule, even if that schedule varies from week to week or month to month.
For R.N.s, a baccalaureate degree can mean a wage increase, a leadership position, or can serve as a stepping stone to advanced-practice nursing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 26 percent growth in the nursing field over the next decade. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's August 2012 research on new graduate employment found that 88% of new of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses were employed in nursing. Nurses with bachelor's and master's degrees will be the best prepared to take advantage of these opportunities. In addition, a bachelor's degree can increase the opportunities available to you, opening up positions in administration, research, consulting or teaching.
With the Institute of Medicine calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.
"As I was finishing up my two year Associates in Nursing degree I attended a special event where nurses were telling their stories of how and why they got into their particular specialty of nursing. I had always wanted to get my bachelor's degree. Well, that day, a representative of St. Scholastica explained how I could have my degree in less than a year and do it all online at a very reasonable cost. St. Scholastica has a very good reputation and is one of the oldest nursing schools in the nation. I finished my BS with a Concentration in Nursing degree in 8.5 months from start to finish. Tuition was reasonable. My advisor was extremely helpful. I continue to incorporate the Benedictine values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and a love of learning. I am so proud of my degree and forever thankful to The College of St. Scholastica for the opportunity to realize my dream!"
– Scott Mayer, RN, Class of 2013