Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
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Paula Byrne, M.S., P.H.N., R.N.
Department Chair, Traditional Nursing Program
Science Center, Room 3110D
(218) 723-6020

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Baccalaureate Nursing

Fast Facts: Baccalaureate Nursing

  • The baccalaureate nursing program at St. Scholastica is designed to prepare graduates for a holistic nursing practice with a particular emphasis on rural and underserved populations. Baccalaureate nurses engage in active learning in leadership and quality improvement.
  • This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied though a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the framework 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 simulation, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit.
  • Graduates of St. Scholastica's nursing program integrate knowledge from the humanities, the behavioral arts and sciences and the natural sciences with skills acquired in the nursing curriculum to establish a base for professional practice.  Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for entry level positions in a variety of health care settings.
  • By adhering to the strong Benedictine tradition of educating the whole person, the College prepares its nursing graduates to be committed to personal and professional development throughout their lives.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.). 
  • It is a program in which students enjoy the best of both worlds in terms of classroom instruction, simulation lab and clinical learning experiences in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Duluth is a regional healthcare center with three hospitals, two major clinics, several nursing homes and residential healthcare facilities, and numerous community health agencies that serve northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.    
  • Students have many opportunities to experience nursing from unique and different perspectives throughout their four-year college careers. Nurses will be called on to serve a variety of populations with diverse backgrounds and cultural competence and international experience will be invaluable. Opportunities for study abroad service learning are available.

Program Requirements

Major: 50 credits

Hands-on Learning

  • In our skills and simulation laboratories, nursing students practice hands-on skills, physical assessment, best practice techniques, interprofessional communication skills and professional behaviors.
  • Simulation classrooms and connected patient care environment rooms are interactive through a one-way mirror and microphones, allowing instructors to do live evaluations.
  • Nursing students go through skills lab and simulation exercises weekly throughout their five semesters in the nursing program.
  • Simulations are used at St. Scholastica to enhance clinical experiences — they do not replace clinical learning experiences.

Admission to Major

New first-year students are eligible for the ENTER program, which is a criterion-based, early admission program. Eligible students who, upon admission to the College, declare their intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing will be guaranteed admission to the Nursing Program if they meet the ENTER program criteria. Students who do not meet the criteria will still be able to apply to the Nursing Program through the standard application process. The application is available for review online at the website. Students apply to the Nursing program the fall of their sophomore year and begin the program the spring of their sophomore year.


Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, and the need for their services is predicted to grow well into the 21st century. Career opportunities abound for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's August 2012 research shows that nurses with baccalaureate-level preparation are linked to better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. With the Institute of Medicine (2010) calling for 80 percent of the nursing work force to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.

Additional 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.

Graduates are prepared to give care to individuals of all ages with healthcare needs ranging from health promotion to rehabilitation. Graduates may choose to focus on groups of consumers, families or communities as they work in institutions and in the community. A baccalaureate degree is the first step toward advanced practice in nursing; areas such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nursing faculty and advanced leadership in complex organizations all require an advanced nursing degree such as a Ph.D., or Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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  • "A stroke patient asked me recently if I was a St. Scholastica graduate.

    ‘Yes,' I said. ‘How did you know?'

    ‘Scholastica Nurses care,' he answered. ‘They don't just come to work for a paycheck. They don't just do the basics. Scholastica care is holistic, and that's important for the healing process. They come to work for the person, and I really appreciate that.'"

    – Kelly Roach, ‘12