Department of Post-Baccalaureate Nursing

Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Track

The College of St. Scholastica's Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Track is an accelerated baccalaureate degree program for college graduates with non-nursing majors. This program is based on the same philosophy and outcomes as the Traditional Undergraduate and RN to BS Tracks, incorporating an integrated approach to learning with a concentration in the nursing major. Students take 50 credits in the nursing major and 4 general education credits to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing in 15-16 months. Upon completion of the program requirements, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and be registered as a public health nurse.

The department offers two accelerated post-baccalaureate programs that follow a cohort model. A cohort starts the Duluth program every May, completing the program the following August. The Duluth program is a traditional day-school model with students attending classes on the Duluth campus. A cohort starts the St. Cloud program every September, completing the program the following December. The St. Cloud program is an online hybrid model. Theory is completed online with students attending lab intensives (30 - 60 hours) on the St. Cloud campus each semester. Clinicals are also scheduled in an intensive format (90 hours) each of the first three semesters. Both programs run four consecutive semesters.

Students work with nursing faculty and expert nurse preceptors in both urban and rural healthcare facilities. Because the programs are intense, it is expected that students will not be able to work while completing either of the programs.

Prerequisites for these programs include:

Baccalaureate or higher degree attained, chemistry 4 credits, anatomy and physiology 6-8 credits, microbiology 3-4 credits, developmental psychology 3-4 credits, statistics 3-4 credits, nutrition 2-4 credits. Coursework must be completed before beginning nursing coursework with a grade of C or higher. CLEP credits will be accepted. A CNA course followed by state registration as a CNA and current certification in CPR must be completed before entry into the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Track. Upon acceptance, students must show evidence of meeting all immunization requirements as well as complete and pass required background studies.

Chair, Department of Post-Baccalaureate Nursing:  Sheryl Sandahl, DNP, RN, CNP, MPH, MSN