The following Nursing program outcomes identify the depth and breadth of knowledge which graduates of all undergraduate nursing programs are able to demonstrate. Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing programs the graduate will:
Laboratory learning activities involve students in the hands-on practice of nursing skills involved in patient care. The School of Nursing received a HRSA federal grant to update equipment in the skills and simulation lab on the Duluth campus, and equip a new nursing skills and simulation lab on the St. Cloud campus. In the simulation lab, students participate in patient care scenarios with simulation manikins as patients.
Lab intensives - Students in the St. Cloud program will attend lab at the St. Cloud campus one to three times during a semester for a concentrated time frame (i.e. 3-5 days). Efforts are made to group lab days to decrease travel costs.
Clinical learning activities are experiences with actual patients in a variety of patient-care settings. Experiences are with a St. Scholastica faculty member or with an RN preceptor & supervised by St. Scholastica faculty.
The Director of Educational Experiences secures all clinical placements for both the Duluth and St. Cloud programs. Students are responsible for all costs related to attending clinical experiences: transportation, lodging if required, meals and parking.
Student clinical experiences in the Duluth program include a variety of health care facilities in the Duluth area. For rural (semester II), the College has an ongoing relationship with rural sites in the greater Minnesota/Wisconsin area; for the externship (semester IV) efforts will be make to place the students at a facility of his or her choosing.
Student clinical experiences in the St. Cloud program include a variety of health care facilities and are scheduled in an intensive format similar to the lab intensives. Effort will be made to keep clinical sites within a reasonable proximity to the student's home. For rural (semester II) and externship (semester IV) experiences, students will work with the Director of Educational Experiences to select a site.
In the Baccalaureate Degree Program, a total of 50 nursing credits are required for the completion of the nursing major. Completion of the nursing major course work combined with a student's previous baccalaureate course work and one heritage course taken during the program meet CSS requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Because the program will be intense, it is expected that students will not be able to work while attending this program.
International experience is critical in today's globalized world. Even if you practice as a nurse in the same town you were born in, you'll meet and treat people with diverse backgrounds. International experience and cultural competence can help you perform as a nurse to the best of your abilities.
Post-Baccalaureate Nursing students are invited to participate in our Belize practicum, a service trip to Central America
Refer to this handbook for rules, regulations and guidelines regarding the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Track at St. Scholastica.
[Duluth - Summer I] [St. Cloud - Fall I]
NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice - 5 credits (3 theory, 2 lab)
NSG 3645 Professional Nursing I - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3660 Health Transition I - 4 credits (2 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing acute illness across the lifespan. **
[Duluth - Fall] [St. Cloud - Spring]
NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3867 Evidence-Based Practice - 1 credit (theory)
NSG 3870 Health Transitions II - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients and families experiencing acute illness in the rural setting.**
NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I - 2 credits (lab)
TRS 3777 Catholic Benedictine Perspectives: Responsible Living and Meaningful Work
[Duluth - Spring] [St. Cloud - Summer]
NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 4660 Health Transitions III - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing complex illness.**
NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II - 2 credits (lab)
NSG 4674 Community Health - 3 credits (theory)
[Duluth - Summer II] [St. Cloud - Fall II]
NSG 4800 Professional Nursing IV - 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Leadership experience; students work with an RN in a leadership position supervised by CSS clinical faculty.**
NSG 4874 Community as Client - 2 credits (1 lab; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Students assess and plan care for a selected community.**
NSG 4880 Capstone - 6 credits (2 theory; 1 lab; 3 clinical/135 hours)
Clinical - Student externship experience at the end of the program; students work with an RN preceptor as a graduate nurse supervised by CSS faculty.**
NSG Elective - 2 credits (theory) can be taken semester II, III or IV
Introduces the nursing student to assessment and skills emphasizing application of critical thinking required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals in a holistic manner across the lifespan. Students are introduced to assessment of sensory perception, perfusion & oxygenation, integument, and elimination, and the concepts of mobility, and safe medication administration practices. This course is a total of 4 credits; 2 credits of theory, 2 credits of lab (60 hours).
Introduces concepts related to professional nursing at the baccalaureate level including nursing roles, holistic nursing, patient centered care, evidence based practice, patient safety and quality improvement. This is a foundational course for students to begin examining nursing issues affecting health care today.
This course is an introduction to health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic illness and interdisciplinary clinical practice concepts. The clinical component will take place in the acute care setting. Pre- or Co-requisites: Acceptance to Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program; all prerequisite courses have been completed. Taken concurrently with NSG 3600 and 3645.
Builds on concepts related to professional nursing and role development at the baccalaureate level. Emphasis is on cultural competence, health care in rural environments, communication, and the interdisciplinary health care team. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3867, 3870 and 3871.
This course introduces the nursing student to evidence-based practice and the role of the nurse as consumer of nursing research. Pre- & Co- requisite: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3845, 3870 and 3871.
Builds on the concepts of perfusion, oxygenation, acid base, fluid/electrolytes, and mobility. New concepts introduced include metabolism chronic illness, self, sexuality, reproduction, and family. Students will continue to develop critical thinking skills required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals and families in a holistic manner across the lifespan. This medical-surgical nursing theory course includes a clinical component in a rural or underserved setting. This course is a total of 7 credits; 5 theory and 2 clinical.
This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all summer post baccalaureate accelerated nursing program courses. NSG 3845, 3867, and 3870 are co-requisites.
This course continues to build on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on evolving nursing issues and professional development. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4660, 4661 and 4674.
Introduces increasingly complex cases and new concepts including grief and loss, immunity, behaviors, and violence. This is an advanced medical-surgical nursing theory course with a clinical component in an acute care setting. This course is a total of 6 credits; 4 theory and 2 clinical.
This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing increasingly complex health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4660 and 4674.
Introduces the concept of population-based practice and builds upon previous concepts of advocacy, health promotion/disease prevention, immunity, infection, and safety from a public health context. Successful completion of this course, combined with NSG 4874 or public health clinical application equivalency in the community, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.
This clinical experience focuses on promoting and improving population- based health through assessment of needs and community resources; and through collaboration with community partners.
As a culminating advanced medical-surgical nursing theory course with a lab and clinical component, this course builds upon previous concepts, introduces new concepts of intracranial regulation and trauma, and immerses the student in an extended precepted clinical experience to promote transition from student to professional nurse. This course is a total of 6 credits; 2 theory, 1 lab, and 3 clinical. Prerequisite: Successful completion of semester I - III post-baccalaureate course work.
Provides students an opportunity to encounter the resources and heritage of the Catholic Benedictine tradition. The course deepens student understanding of the mission of The College of St. Scholastica and invites students to reflect upon their own vocations as they enter the profession of nursing. [Post-Baccalaureate Nursing students only.]
2 credits of NSG electives are also required.
All General Education requirements must be met as well. Often, but not always, these requirements are met by previous undergraduate study.