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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Undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing is one of the largest nursing programs in Minnesota, with access to hundreds of clinical sites, large and small, rural and urban, within hospitals and community centers. The School of Nursing programs respond to the health care needs of the region, especially underserved populations, which include rural communities and residents with mental health needs. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum.

B.S. Nursing

The Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, which includes preparing them to meet the needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied though a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration.

St. Scholastica offers 3 paths to earn your B.S. in Nursing

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The Direct Entry Program guarantees admission to the nursing major upon acceptance to the College for freshman students (entering directly from high school) who meet certain criteria. Students who indicate nursing as their intended major and meet qualifying criteria will automatically receive a letter from College Admissions regarding their eligibility.

Qualifications for the Direct Entry Program:

  • Student must be an incoming St. Scholastica student
  • Student must indicate nursing as their intended major on application for admission to St. Scholastica
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher upon finishing high school
  • ACT of 25 or higher using Super score automatically
  • Priority deadline: February 1 — Direct Entry admission may not be guaranteed for qualified applicants after that date

Direct Entry students will need to:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at The College of St. Scholastica
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Affirm their intent to continue into the nursing major by completing the Nursing Major Progression Intent Form
  • Achieve a grade of C or higher in all nursing prerequisites taken at CSS (B or higher if taken elsewhere)

All Direct Entry students who meet the above criteria by the end of their freshman year will be guaranteed admission to the nursing program.

If Direct Entry students do not meet the above criteria by the end of spring semester their freshman year they can still apply to the nursing program. They will need to complete an Application to the Nursing Program fall semester of their sophomore year for consideration.

The program is available for traditional first year students starting their academic career at The College of St. Scholastica. Students who declare their intent to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing the first semester of their freshmen year will be guaranteed admission to that program after two years of undergraduate work if they meet the plan criteria. Transfer students are not eligible for the ENTER program.

Admission criteria include the following:

  • Apply to the ENTER program by the end of fall semester of your freshman year. The application will be posted online in September each year.
  • 48 semester credits at CSS prior to taking spring nursing courses
  • Complete or have a plan for completing all prerequisite courses for the nursing program
  • At the time of application to the major (fall, sophomore year), have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher
  • Obtain no grade lower than a 'C' in any prerequisite course
  • Obtain a minimum grade of 'B' in ENG 1110 First Year Composition
  • Complete the two-year Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to the start of the nursing program
  • Complete all nursing program immunizations requirements through MyHealth
  • Complete an 80 or 125-hour Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course

Students who do not meet the above criteria will be able to apply to the nursing program through the standard application process.

Application to the nursing program is submitted during the fall semester of a student's sophomore year.

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss any questions regarding course scheduling or major requirements.

Applications to the major will be reviewed annually in October with an admission status report sent to the student prior to registration for spring semester classes. Admissions will be finalized after fall semester grades are posted. Students will be notified of changes in their admission status via campus email in January.

Additional Undergraduate Nursing Tracks

Nursing Information for Transfer Students

Space is reserved in our nursing program for transfer students. Learn about the criteria and prerequisite courses for entering the Undergraduate Nursing Program.

Veteran to B.S. in Nursing

The Veteran to B.S. in Nursing Program builds on the skills veterans acquire in the military to prepare for a career in nursing. This program runs in a cohort model in which veterans progress through the program together. Students receive personal advisement and academic support from a military veteran faculty member.

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