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The College of St. Scholastica

An Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree to Help You Make a Difference

Since 1908, our nursing department has helped to develop qualified and successful graduates. And today our nursing program is one of the largest in the state, recognized regionally for its excellence.

Join a community of dedicated nurses prepared to make a difference.

Fast Facts

This nursing program with transfer options offers:

  • No statistics requirement, focus on the career knowledge you need to make a difference in patient care
  • Earn credit for on-the-job knowledge with Nursing Portfolio credits. These credits are offered at a reduced tuition rate and are not eligible for federal financial aid or veteran’s tuition reimbursement.
  • Our HLC and CCNE approved curriculum is designed to position you for a BS to DNP program
  • Population-Based Care class will allow you to get your Public Health in Nursing Certificate upon graduation
  • Flexible, 100 percent online format — study on your schedule with an individualized completion plan
  • Earn a degree in one year*, 42 total program credits

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Degree Details


Tuition: Approximately $14,000/full program* ($435/credit)

* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 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.

Program Overview

Our RN to BS in Nursing curriculum is designed to help you:

  • Improve patient outcomes. For every 10 percent increase in the number of nurses with BS degrees, hospitals see a 4 percent decrease in the risk of death.
  • Enhance your skill set. A BS education improves your skills in health promotion, cultural competence, information technology and holistic nursing intervention.
  • Expand your career opportunities. Leadership training prepares you for greater responsibility and authority within your clinical setting.
  • Focus on the needs of vulnerable populations. Our program emphasizes advocacy for rural healthcare and other groups with greater healthcare needs.

Program Format and Location

Starting a degree program can be daunting, particularly when you are already working in the field, and have a family and need to meet life’s daily obligations.

At The College of St. Scholastica, we’ve designed a rigorous, yet flexible, online Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Nursing. Our online advisors work closely with students to create an individualized program plan that builds upon each student’s previous education and professional experience.

This program is delivered 100% online, allowing students to earn a degree from anywhere while collaborating with peers and completing assignments on an individualized schedule. And if you need to take a semester off, our advisors will provide scheduling options to keep you on track for graduation.


What is the Difference Between a BS and a BSN?

A BS is a degree offered by the College as a whole. It offers bachelor’s degrees in a variety of majors, but each program is governed by the school as a whole. In most cases the faculty/administrator in each department has a title such as “director” or “chair.” A “dean” is then over multiple departments.

A BSN is offered by a professional school that is a separate entity unto itself. If the school of nursing is part of a larger university, there will be connections between the larger school and the school of nursing, but the school of nursing will have its own “dean” and more political independence.

Program Length

Because our program is tailored to fit your previous education and the needs of your personal life, the length of the program can vary. Most nurses complete the program in two to four semesters.

Learning Outcomes

The RN to BS Online Nursing Program has been designed to build on your knowledge as a registered nurse. Through this program, you will realize central concepts and broaden your knowledge base through a curriculum that is unique from the program taught at the associate-degree level.

The program is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences and the Benedictine values in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  • Demonstrate values and behaviors consistent with professional nursing standards.
  • Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies and information system technologies in dynamic healthcare environments.
  • Integrate effective inter-professional collaboration into practice to enhance the health of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • Utilize knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.

Graduation Requirements

128-semester credits are required for graduation. The credits may be gained in a number of ways:

  • Transfer credits from a previous four-year college/university or community college
  • CLEP or challenge exams
  • Documentation of prior learning
  • Independent study
  • Taking courses

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

NSG 3355 – Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing

Emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as the impact that information technology has on nursing practice.

NSG 3361 – Dimensions of Professional Nursing

Presents an overview of professional nursing practice, focusing on the roles and characteristics of the baccalaureate nurse that are requisite in a changing health care delivery system. Theory and philosophy of nursing will be emphasized and historical perspectives that have had an impact on the profession explored.

NSG 4472 – Leadership in Nursing

Provides an analysis of historical and current issues affecting professional nursing practice. Professional nursing in a changing health care delivery system is examined from a leadership perspective.

NSG 4560 – Population-Based Care

Applies public health principles to population-based practice at individual, community, and system levels. Students develop skills in community assessment, planning, and collaboration to promote, protect and preserve the public’s health. Public health is examined from local, national and global perspectives. This course meets the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.

NSG 4580 – Holistic Assessment in Nursing

Builds on assessment information from the associate degree/diploma level of nursing education. The holistic health assessment needs of culturally diverse, rural and unique populations, are examined. Family assessment and environmental assessment are introduced.

NSG 4590 – RN to BS Portfolio Introduction

Introduces the RN to BS student to the Nursing Portfolio guidelines and provides faculty guidance for completion of the two introductory portfolio objectives with supporting documentation. Addresses critical thinking, the development of a personal philosophy of nursing, career planning, and the use of self-reflection in portfolio narratives.

NSG 4998 – RN to BS Nursing Portfolio

Provides an opportunity for the RN student to obtain nursing credits for the major based on prior RN experience, using a portfolio. Graduation requirements mandate the completion of 15 total credits for the nursing portfolio. (2 cr. NSG 4590, 13 cr. NSG 4998)

Career Outlook

Career outlook for RNs with a BS in Nursing

The nation’s population is living longer and more active lives, resulting in an increased demand for highly educated nurses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% growth in the nursing field over the next decade. As a working RN, earning your BS in Nursing degree can position you to fill these new jobs and stay competitive in the workplace.

Use your career experience as an RN to make an impact in your healthcare organization and improve patient outcomes as a whole.


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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Admission Information

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


New Student
  • Current registered nurse license from at least one state; eligibility for licensure in Minnesota
  • Associate’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Accepted Students

Complete a National Criminal Background study when they enroll in their first course in the RN to BS Program: NSG 3361.

Application Deadlines

Summer: May 2
Summer mid-term: June 20
Fall: Aug. 15
Fall mid-term: Oct. 10
Spring: Dec. 15
Spring mid-term: Feb. 21

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 bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.