Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing

Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track

The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track is an on-campus program that prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, including the health needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied through a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. 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 faculty blend the use of simulation, technology and integrative therapies to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit.

Students need 128 credits to graduate, with 50 credits coming from nursing coursework. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing and qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue a graduate degree in Nursing.

Admission and Retention Procedure and Policies

New first-year freshman students are eligible for the ENTER Program, which is a criterion-based, early admission program. Eligible students who, upon admission to the College, declare their intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Nursing will be guaranteed admission to the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track if they meet the ENTER Program criteria (available on the Web and in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook). In the event there are more qualified ENTER students than seats available, admission will be determined based on highest overall GPA of required coursework.

New first-year students who do not meet the ENTER criteria, and transfer students will be able to apply to the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track through the following standard application process. Application criteria that is starred (*) applies to ENTER students only in the application process list below.

ENTER applicants should:

Make application to the ENTER Program by the end of fall semester of your freshman year. The application will be posted online at the Traditional Nursing website.
Complete 48 semester credits at CSS before taking NSG 2111.
At the time of application to the major (fall, sophomore year), have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Obtain a minimum grade of B on the first year English composition course.

All applicants should:

Complete application to the major early in fall sophomore year. Information will be posted in early September on the webpage.
Complete or have a plan for completing all prerequisite courses for the nursing program.
Obtain no grade lower than a C in all prerequisite courses.
Complete all nursing program Healthcare requirements.
Complete a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course OR a copy of a current state registration as a CNA.
Complete an ATI-TEAS  (Test of Academic Skills) exam the fall of application to nursing program.
The departmental Admission and Progression Committee reviews all applications in early October. The department reserves the right to select those with the best qualifications from applicants who meet the minimum criteria. The department chair notifies applicants in writing of the committee's action. Admissions will be finalized after fall grades have been posted.  Fall cumulative GPA must remain at 3.0 or higher.  Students formally enter the nursing program their sophomore spring. Following acceptance to the major, students must maintain a minimum of a C grade in all nursing courses and required support courses.

Retention in the program is contingent upon compliance with academic policies stated in the college catalog, the student handbook and in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook. Since the healthcare delivery system is changing rapidly, revisions may be necessary in course requirements before the publication of a new catalog. Any changes in requirements made before the student's admission to the major are binding on the student.

Upon acceptance, students must show evidence of meeting all immunization requirements as well as complete and pass required background studies.

Courses Completed Before/Concurrent with Admission to the major:

DGN 1101, 1102, ENG 1110, SOC 1125 or SOC 2433, PSY 2208, 3341, CHM 1040, BIO 1036, BIO 2510, 2520, 2020 and CTA 1101.

Nursing requirements:

NSG 2111, 2222, 2333, NSG 3111, 3334, 3222, 3337, 3112, BIO 3020  NSG 4112, 4222, 4337, 4801, 4437, 4113  HSC 2215, and PSY 3331.

Other requirements:

The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook and other departmental publications detail specific requirements in regard to class attendance, clinical and laboratory responsibilities and uniform and equipment needs for students.  The curriculum uses E-books and students must own an electronic device that supports E-book use.  Nursing coursework may have unique times of commitment surrounding clinical coursework. Students provide their own transportation for off campus learning experiences in Nursing courses.


Students wishing to transfer from another college or university apply through the Admissions Office. Transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Transfer Admissions and the Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing. Students are then advised regarding the appropriate course of study.

Chair, Department of Undergraduate Nursing
Sheryl Sandahl, DNP, RN, CPNP, FNP-BC, MPH