The Department of Undergraduate Nursing 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.
Preferred admission is open to students with GPA of 3.5 or higher, and military veterans interested in the Veteran to BSN program. More information can be found on the nursing website or by talking to admissions staff.
Complete pre requisite courses for the program with at least a C, or B if transferred from another institution.
Complete full application to the major early in fall sophomore year.
Complete or have a plan for completing all prerequisite courses for the nursing program.
Complete a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course OR a copy of a current state registration as a CNA.
Fall cumulative GPA must remain at 3.0 or higher.
Following acceptance to the major, students must maintain a minimum of a C grade in all nursing courses and required co-requisite courses. Clinical requirements include evidence of completed immunizations, and satisfactory background studies.
The Undergraduate Nursing Student handbook, CSS Student handbook and course syllabi detail specific policies for academic success and code of conduct which must be followed to progress successfully in the undergraduate nursing programs.
Course syllabi specify expectations regarding 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 rotations. Students provide their own transportation for off campus learning experiences.
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, 2510, 2520, 2020 and CTA 1101.
NSG 2111, 2222, 2333, NSG 3111, 3334, 3370, 3222, 3337, 3112, NSG 4112, 4222, 4337, 4801, 4437, 4113 HSC 2215, and PSY 3331.
Interim Program Co-Coordinators, Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Beth Donahue, MA, RN
Gina Diaz, DNP, RN, ANP, GNP
Interim Chair, Department of Undergraduate Nursing
Julie Knuths, DNP, RN