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St. Scholastica’s well-established nursing program has graduated thousands of dedicated professionals who are serving in hospitals across the region. Now, our expertise in nursing education is helping veterans transition into health care careers.

Designed specifically with veterans in mind, our Veteran to BS in Nursing is the only program of its kind in the Upper Midwest for main campus undergraduates. You’ll enjoy personal advisement and academic support from a faculty member who is a military veteran. You will move through the program in a cohort of your peers, creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

We understand that the skills and qualities you gained in the military make you excellent students and job candidates. That’s why we’ll work to find creative ways to make sure you’re awarded generous credit for your military experience and education.

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Ranked as one of the 2019 Best Colleges for Veterans … participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.

Program Overview

Program Benefits

The Veteran to BS in Nursing has several benefits for military nursing students:

  • Veteran cohorts progress through the undergraduate nursing program together
  • Personal advisement and academic support from a military veteran faculty member
  • CNA waived for veterans with a medical background that included fundamental nursing skills
  • Opportunities to use innovative technologies that allow students to enhance their educational experiences and visit patients virtually
  • Generous credit awarded for military experience and education
  • St. Scholastica is a military-friendly college dedicated to helping veterans succeed

Why Should Veterans Consider a Career in Nursing

Critical thinking, time management, leadership. These are a few of the many skills gained in the military that translate into a successful career in nursing.

The Veteran to BS in Nursing program is designed to build community among veteran nursing students and acknowledge the skills gained in the military.

Maximizing Your Benefits

The College of St. Scholastica is committed to making college affordable for members of our nation’s military. We also have generous financial aid packages and scholarships to enhance the accessibility of your education.

Advising and Support

You learned a lot from your time in the military, now it’s time you get credit for it. Our academic advisors will work with you to get every possible credit out of your military training and transcript and craft an academic plan that’s unique for you.

Our Veterans Resource Center will help you stick to this plan. In addition, our leave policy will let you take time for training and deployments and pick up right where you left off.

Career Outlook

The demand for registered nurses is rising rapidly.

  • Projected job growth of 6% from 2021-2032, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The Institute of Medicine called for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020, setting a vision for nursing. In 2020, they produced a set of recommendations as a blueprint for improving nursing education and career preparation.


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.

Early Admission Pathway — Joining Forces Program

The Joining Forces program is a criteria-based early admission pathway available to military veteran nursing students at St. Scholastica.

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.