The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790
Paula Byrne, M.S., P.H.N., R.N.
Department Chair, Traditional Nursing Program
Science Center, Room 3110D
Fast Facts: Baccalaureate Nursing
Major: 50 credits
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 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.
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.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
This course focuses on how the basic principles of nutrition affect the individual. The role of nutrition in heath promotion and disease prevention is explored.
Introduces the nursing student to professional nursing roles. The concepts included will be: patient-centered care; safety; clinical judgment; communications (therapeutic); role development; ethics; spirituality (personal) and will be explored from the perspective of the developing professional nurse.
Introduces the student to individuals across the lifespan from a nursing perspective. Focused concepts include; growth and development, functional ability, and genetics/genomics. Students will perform developmental and functional health assessments on healthy individuals in community settings as well as apply all three concepts to selected exemplars.
Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals through the application of concepts in classroom, laboratory, and simulated patient care settings. Students will learn principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safety and essential nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. The focus is on the individual’s adaptation to health challenges and transitions, including the concepts of sensory perception, pain, mobility, thermoregulation, coping and stress. This course is a total of 3 credits; 2 credits of classroom/ theory and 1 credit of skills/ simulation lab.
Introduces the nursing student to principles of evidence-based nursing practice, and the use of technology and informatics to seek and analyze knowledge that influences nursing practice. Students will explore how professional communication within the healthcare team influences safety and patient/family/community health outcomes. Students will develop a deeper understanding of clinical judgment and its application to nursing practice.
Focuses on the individual’s response to health and illness challenges across the lifespan in clinical, classroom and laboratory settings. Concepts covered are metabolic changes, fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, infection, and safe medication administration. Students will apply principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safe nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3 credits of classroom/ theory, 2 credits of skills/ simulation lab and 1 credit of clinical.
This course focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Concepts are applied in a variety of clinical settings. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisite: NSG 4225, 4235, 4245.
This course will engage the student in simulation activities which continue to develop critical thinking and professional nursing skills for care of clients experiencing multi-system illness. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Co-requisite: NSG 4200, 4235, 4245.
This course examines public health from local, national and global perspectives. Students will learn and apply public health principles in the holistic nursing care of populations. Corequisites: NSG 4200, 4225, 4343.
This course focuses on community assessment, resource finding and resource utilization. Students will apply the holistic caring process to a public health target population. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3331. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NSG 4235.
This course focuses on holistic leadership and management roles of the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisites NSG 4200, 4225.
This course will facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. The student will be immersed in laboratory and preceptored clinical experiences which will continue to develop critical-thinking skills. This course will promote socialization into professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: NSG 4200, 4225, 4343.
Introduction to statistical concepts and methods useful in evaluating and applying results of research studies done by others. Students learn to construct frequency distributions and simple graphs, to compute measures of central tendency, variability, transformed scores, correlations and simple regression, and to carry out hypothesis tests (t-tests, analysis of variance, chi-square) using hand calculators and MS-Excel. Taught with a strong focus on numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making) and the correct evaluation and interpretation of research results reported in the public press and professional journals.
"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