The Department of Undergraduate Nursing'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 4 consecutive semesters (15-16 months). Upon completion of the program requirements, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination for licensure as a registered nurse and to 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 year in August. The Duluth program is a traditional day-school model with students attending classes on the Duluth campus Monday through Friday. Clinical is also scheduled on a weekly basis. A cohort starts the St. Cloud program every May and September, completing the program the following year in August and December respectively. The St. Cloud program is an online hybrid model. Theory is completed online with students attending lab intensives two times a semester on the St. Cloud campus. Clinicals are also scheduled in an intensive format and are the last two weeks of a semester.
Students work with nursing faculty and expert nurse preceptors in both urban and rural healthcare facilities. The Director of Educational Experiences works with students in an effort to obtain clinical sites within a reasonable distance. However, in some instances, students may need to travel to a clinical site. Students are responsible for all expenses incurred (i.e. mileage, lodging, etc.).
The Undergraduate Nursing Student handbook, CSS Student handbook, and the course syllabi detail specific policies for academic success and code of conduct which must be followed to progress successfully in the undergraduate nursing 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, pathophysiology 3-4 credits. All prerequisite courses, except for pathophysiology, can be taken at a community college. Pathophysiology must be taken at an upper level institution (300 - 400 level course). Pre-requisite coursework must be completed before beginning nursing coursework with a grade of C or higher. CLEP credits will be accepted. A CNA course and/or 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.
Program Coordinator, Post-Baccalaureate Nursing
Carrie Alajoki, MSN, RN
Interim Chair, Department of Undergraduate Nursing
Julie Knuths, DNP, RN