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.
We're proud to have been recognized by Nursing Schools Almanac as one of the top nursing schools in the Plains region as well as one of the top private nursing schools in the country.
FAST FACTS: Post-Baccalaureate Nursing
*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.
Welcome to an exciting and accelerated nursing option — a great choice for college graduates with non-nursing majors who want to become registered nurses.
Curriculum integrates holistic nursing principles, the Benedictine Values, and an inclusive environment to prepare practitioners to be nurse leaders in an ever-changing health care arena. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for RN licensure and enter the nursing work force, fulfilling the desire to begin a rewarding career in healthcare.
The Post-Baccalaureate Nursing degree format offers online coursework with in-person labs and clinicals. Located in Duluth and St. Cloud, both locations offer state-of-the-art nursing skills labs and classrooms, and dedicated faculty.
Programs in Duluth and St. Cloud begin in September and January.
The program requires 45 credits of coursework over three consecutive semesters, including theory, lab and clinical rotations. A student's previous baccalaureate coursework, a heritage course that is taken during the nursing program and completion of all required nursing classes meet St. Scholastica requirements for a bachelor of science degree with a nursing major.
Students will work with nursing faculty and expert nurse preceptors in both urban and rural healthcare facilities.
Because the programs are accelerated, it is recommended that students not work while in the program.
Students are eligible to take the national qualifying exam (NCLEX) to become an RN, obtain public health certification in Minnesota and school nurse licensure, as well as work in nursing administration or pursue graduate education in nursing.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing is the largest healthcare profession, with more than 38 million RNs nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job opportunities for RNs to grow by 7% by 2028.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 2019 research on new graduate employment found that 75% of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses were employed in nursing. Job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for nurses with a bachelor's degree.
"The Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program allowed me to build upon my previous degree while allowing me to explore new interests. Through various clinical experiences, I was able to gain knowledge and skills that ultimately led to multiple job offers before graduation. The program prepared me to become a leader, ask questions and advocate for patients."
– Anna Cerar, ‘19
"For me, the (PBN) program was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The professors were very approachable, knowledgeable in their respective fields, and passionate about nursing and their students' well-being; they were also extremely encouraging of advanced education as soon as possible. I feel very comfortable, competent, and safe in my practice having graduated from CCS' PBN program."
– Byron Herdman, '15
"I am proud to be a graduate of St. Scholastica's Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program. The program built upon my previous education and experiences while challenging me to reach my highest potential. The exceptional learning opportunities I had throughout the program prepared me to be a well-rounded professional nurse, eager to integrate holistic and patient-centered care into my nursing career."
– Kailyn Wilcox, RN '15