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Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track

Nursing students

Training well-rounded nurses

The Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, which includes preparing them to meet the needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied through a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum.

The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing and qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue graduate study in Nursing

Preparation for holistic practice

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 will have the skills and knowledge necessary for responsible living and meaningful work.

International opportunities

Nurses, no matter where they serve, will work with increasingly diverse populations. International experience gives nurses the cultural competence they need to succeed. Nurses will be called on to serve a variety of populations with diverse backgrounds and cultural competence and international experience will be invaluable.

More about international opportunities for nursing majors

A variety of clinical experiences

Clinical practice necessitates that students care for a variety of individuals in various settings. These practice experiences are designed so that students have diverse experiences in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families and groups. Clinical experiences occur in the nursing simulation laboratory, acute care, extended care and community health settings beginning in the first semester of the nursing program.


St. Scholastica offers 3 paths to earn your B.S. in Nursing

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The Direct Entry Program guarantees admission to the nursing major upon acceptance to the College for freshman students (entering directly from high school) who meet certain criteria. Students who indicate nursing as their intended major and meet qualifying criteria will automatically receive a letter from College Admissions regarding their eligibility.

Qualifications for admission to the Direct Entry Program:

  • Student must be an incoming St. Scholastica student
  • Student must indicate nursing as their intended major on application for admission to St. Scholastica
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher upon finishing high school
  • Priority deadline: February 1 — Direct Entry admission may not be guaranteed for qualified applicants after that date

During freshman year, Direct Entry students will need to:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at The College of St. Scholastica
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Achieve a grade of C or higher in all nursing prerequisites taken at CSS (B or higher if taken elsewhere)

Before starting the nursing program students must:

  • Complete the two-year Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to the start of the nursing program
  • Complete all nursing program immunizations requirements through MyHealth
  • Successful completion of a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course

All Direct Entry students who meet the above criteria by the end of their freshman year will be guaranteed admission to the nursing program.

If Direct Entry students do not meet the above criteria by the end of spring semester their freshman year they can still apply to the nursing program. They will need to complete an Application to the Nursing Program fall semester of their sophomore year for consideration.

The program is available for traditional first year students starting their academic career at The College of St. Scholastica. Students who declare their intent to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing the first semester of their freshmen year will be guaranteed admission to that program after two years of undergraduate work if they meet the plan criteria. Transfer students are not eligible for the ENTER program.

Admission criteria include the following:

  • Apply to the ENTER program by the end of fall semester of your freshman year. The application will be posted online in September each year.
  • 48 semester credits at CSS prior to taking spring nursing courses
  • Complete or have a plan for completing all prerequisite courses for the nursing program
  • At the time of application to the major (fall, sophomore year), have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher
  • Obtain no grade lower than a 'C' in any prerequisite course
  • Complete the two-year Healthcare Provider CPR certification prior to the start of the nursing program
  • Complete all nursing program immunizations requirements through MyHealth
  • Successful completion of a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course

Students who do not meet the above criteria will be able to apply to the nursing program through the standard application process.

Application to the nursing program is submitted during the fall semester of a student's sophomore year.

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss any questions regarding course scheduling or major requirements.

Applications to the major will be reviewed annually in October with an admission status report sent to the student prior to registration for spring semester classes. Admissions will be finalized after fall semester grades are posted. Students will be notified of changes in their admission status via campus email in January.

St. Scholastica offers Nursing Assistant training in a flexible hybrid format. This training consists of online coursework combined with skills and clinical experiences on campus in Duluth or St. Cloud. 

Program outcomes

Outcomes which students achieve in the program are derived from St. Scholastica's institutional mission. The ANA's Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, ANA's Code of Ethics, AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and the Minnesota Nursing Practice Act form the basis for nursing practice. These documents have been utilized in the development of the curriculum and in the structuring of clinical practice experiences.

The outcomes of the baccalaureate curriculum are:

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

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Prospective Students

Current Students

Applying to the Nursing Major

St. Scholastica offers 3 paths to earn your B.S. in Nursing: Direct Entry, ENTER program and standard application.

Julie Knuths, DNP, RN, Interim Chair

Science Center
Room S3220A
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

(218) 723-5945


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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NCLEX Pass Rate

Each quarter, CSS nursing graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed nurse. St. Scholastica's traditional nursing program had a pass rate of 87% among first-time test takers and 88% among all test takers in the second quarter of 2018, one of the top performers among Minnesota baccalaureate nursing programs.