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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Post-Baccalaureate Nursing

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FAST FACTS: Post-Baccalaureate Nursing

Tuition: $14,090/semester*

* Tuition rates are for the 2019-20 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2018-19 tuition rates.

An accelerated nursing option for college graduates with non-nursing majors

Welcome to an exciting and accelerated nursing option — a great choice for college graduates with non-nursing majors who want to become registered nurses. The School of Nursing offers two accelerated nursing bachelor of science degree options: a traditional day school program at the Duluth campus and an online hybrid program at the St. Cloud campus.

Curriculum integrates holistic nursing principles, the Benedictine Values, and an inclusive environment to prepare practitioners to be nurse leaders in an ever-changing health care arena. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for RN licensure and enter the nursing work force, fulfilling the desire to begin a rewarding career in healthcare.


The Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program is offered at the following locations:

  • Duluth - Offered in a traditional day format with scheduled classes, labs and clinical experiences Monday - Friday.

  • St. Cloud - Students take theory courses online and actively participate in hands-on intensive lab and clinical experiences.

Start dates

Cohorts in Duluth begin in May; St. Cloud cohorts begin in May and September. 

Program length

The program requires 50 credits of nursing coursework over four consecutive semesters, including theory, lab and clinical rotations. A student's previous baccalaureate coursework, a heritage course that is taken during the nursing program and completion of all required nursing classes meet St. Scholastica requirements for a bachelor of science degree with a nursing major.

Students will work with nursing faculty and expert nurse preceptors in both urban and rural healthcare facilities.

Because the programs are accelerated, it is recommended that students not work while in the program.

Students are eligible to take the national qualifying exam (NCLEX) to become an RN, obtain public health certification in Minnesota and school nurse licensure, as well as work in nursing administration or pursue graduate education in nursing.

711,900 new RNs by 2020

Research from the American Association of Colleges in Nursing shows that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing 4-6 months after graduation.

With the Institute of Medicine calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job opportunities for RNs to grow by 26 percent by 2020. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's August 2012 research on new graduate employment found that 88% of new of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses were employed in nursing. Job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for nurses with a bachelor's degree. 

Advantages of a bachelor's degree

  • Emphasis on community-based practice
  • Education and training in leadership and management skills increases your opportunity for promotion
  • Provides a foundation for graduate study
  • Often necessary for positions in administration, research, consulting and teaching

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  • Portrait of Byron Herdman

    "For me, the (PBN) program was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The professors were very approachable, knowledgeable in their respective fields, and passionate about nursing and their students' well-being; they were also extremely encouraging of advanced education as soon as possible. I feel very comfortable, competent, and safe in my practice having graduated from CCS' PBN program."

    – Byron Herdman, '15

  • Portrait of Chris Rubesch

    "Before attending St. Scholastica I worked in the nonprofit sector. I knew I was looking for a (new) job that allowed me to help people, but gave me stability and allowed me to have a positive work/life balance. After meeting with professors and admissions counselors I decided that the St. Scholastica PBN program was the right fit."

    – Chris Rubesch, RN, '15

  • Portrait of Kailyn Wilcox

    "I am proud to be a graduate of St. Scholastica's Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program. The program built upon my previous education and experiences while challenging me to reach my highest potential. The exceptional learning opportunities I had throughout the program prepared me to be a well-rounded professional nurse, eager to integrate holistic and patient-centered care into my nursing career."

    – Kailyn Wilcox, RN '15