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Joining Forces Program

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

U.S. News & World Report ranked CSS as one of the 2019 Best Colleges for Veterans based on participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

Veteran to B.S. in Nursing

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Fast Facts: Veteran to B.S. in Nursing program

  • Only program of its kind in the Upper Midwest for main campus undergraduates
  • Builds on the skills veterans acquire in the military to prepare for a career in nursing
  • Curriculum is built on a holistic approach to health grounded in the Benedictine values and focuses on the concepts of health promotion, illness management and population-based care
  • The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing
  • Graduates qualify to take the NCLEXRN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses), are eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse, and have the academic credentials to pursue graduate study in nursing

Program benefits

The Veteran to B.S. in Nursing has several benefits for military nursing students:

  • Veteran cohorts progress through the undergraduate nursing program together
  • A military veteran RN serves as the clinical instructor for students throughout the program
  • Personal advisement and academic support from a military veteran faculty member
  • CNA waived for veterans with a medical background that included fundamental nursing skills
  • Clinical education opportunities locally at many civilian, veteran and VA facilities
  • 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 B.S. in Nursing program is designed to build community among veteran nursing students and acknowledge the skills gained in the military.

Job outlook

The demand for registered nurses is rising rapidly.

  • Projected job growth of 16 percent from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  • The Institute of Medicine recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees (nurses with Bachelor of Science degrees) increase to 80 percent by 2020.

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 that make us even more affordable.

Academic accommodations

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 Center for Equal Access 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.

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