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The College of St. Scholastica

Flexible Format

We understand that you can’t always take a couple of years off from work to go back to school. This professional, flexible program is perfect for the working nurse. That’s why we’ve developed an online curriculum with occasional synchronous virtual sessions to make our program accessible to you, a professional working nurse. There are no on-campus visits. You can complete your doctoral clinical project at a local community healthcare agency that is accessible to you, which can be your place of employment.

Fast Facts

  • Curriculum focusing on leadership skills and change management
  • Open to master’s prepared nurses from a variety of backgrounds
  • Four-semester completion track with part-time option
  • A U.S. News & World Report ranked Best Nursing School
  • 34 total program credits

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Recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the Plains region as well as one of the top private nursing schools in the country.

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Degree Details


Tuition: $925/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2024-25 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 2023-24 rates


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Career Outlook

As healthcare costs continue to increase, DNPs and other advanced-practice nurses are able to transform practice by implementing innovative strategies that improve health care systems and patient outcomes while reducing cost (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that all types of advanced registered nurses will see an increase in employment, of up to 38% within the next 10 years.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 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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Board Approved

The College of St. Scholastica’s pre-licensure degree program, the Bachelor’s to DNP with APRN concentration degree program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Applications open in mid-August in NursingCAS for the May cohort.

Priority deadline: December 1

Final deadline: March 15


  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BS, BSN) in Nursing
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which a student will complete their DNP clinical project
  • Master of Science or Arts with a nursing focus, or a related field (applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing). Applicants may apply pending completion of the master’s degree; degree conferral must be received prior to the start of the program.


Online Application

The following requirements will be required in the online Nursing CAS application. Please carefully review all the instructions prior to beginning your application. No items should be sent directly to St. Scholastica.

Visit and select Summer 2023 for your term. Then click APPLY.

A complete NursingCAS application includes:

  1. All official transcripts
    1. If you have previously attended St. Scholastica you must request your transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS. Contact the Academic Records and Registrar’s office.
    2. No high school transcripts are required
  2. Additional requirement: Resume

Accepted Students

Upon acceptance into the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program students will need to:

  • Submit $750 non-refundable deposit and Decision Response Form
  • Provide immunization records
  • Annually submit proof of coverage by professional liability insurance ($3 million for each occurrence) and nurse practitioner (NP)  students must carry NP student liability
  • Meet specific health requirements of the School of Health Professions:
    1. Physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider
    2. Annual Mantoux test or chest x-ray
  • Annually pass a state-mandated criminal background check for all Minnesota nursing students prior to first week of classes
  • Submit a licensure number and State (to be current and on file at all times)
  • Submit a copy of current CPR certification (to be current and on file at all times)

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.