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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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Curriculum | RN to BS

What is the difference between a B.S. and a B.S.N.?

A B.S. 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 B.S.N. 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:

  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 nursing standards.
  3. Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies and information system technologies in dynamic healthcare environments.
  4. Integrate effective inter-professional collaboration into 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.

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

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Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3361 - Dimensions Professional NSG

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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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)

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