The baccalaureate nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
When you care about your job, people notice. A stroke patient asked me recently if I was a St. Scholastica graduate.
“Yes,” I said. “How did you know?”
“Scholastica Nurses care,” he answered. ”They don’t just come to work for a paycheck. They don’t just do the basics. Scholastica care is holistic, and that’s important for the healing process. They come to work for the person, and I really appreciate that.”
I was touched to hear this from a patient. I know that St. Scholastica nurses are dedicated and caring, but it’s nice to hear that our patients know this too.
Class of 2012
Professional nurses must acquire and utilize an expanded body of knowledge and skills that allows for flexibility and adaptability. They must have the ability to synthesize knowledge and to translate it into reality-oriented action.
Education for professional nursing is best obtained in institutions of higher education where students are able to pursue studies in the humanities and the natural and behavioral sciences, as well as in their major field.
Baccalaureate education in nursing prepares an individual with a working knowledge of the biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences. It provides educational opportunities to enhance skills in critical thinking, clinical investigation and decision-making.
Nurses are the largest group of health care professionals, and the need for their services is predicted to grow well into the 21st century.
Career opportunities abound for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's August 2012 research on new graduate employment found that 88% of new of new baccalaureate-prepared nurses were employed in nursing.
Graduates are prepared to give care to individuals of all ages with health care needs ranging from health promotion to rehabilitation. Graduates may also choose to focus on groups of consumers, families, or communities as they work in institutions and in the community.
Wherever they practice, nurses with a broad liberal arts background combined with professional education are prepared to function in and influence the rapidly changing health care system.
Some graduates are motivated to pursue higher education and become advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, or nurse administrators.
Nursing education at St. Scholastica
The baccalaureate program at St. Scholastica is designed to prepare graduates who can assess the health needs of people, well and ill, and provide effective nursing care to meet the overall goal of optimal wellness.
Graduates of St. Scholastica's nursing program combine their humanities, behavioral arts and sciences, and natural sciences knowledge with their nursing skills and thus have a solid base for professional practice. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of health care settings.
By adhering to the strong Benedictine tradition of educating the whole person, the College prepares its nursing graduates to be committed to personal and professional development throughout their lives.
St. Scholastica's baccalaureate nursing program was established in 1933. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.).
It is a program in which students enjoy the best of both worlds in terms of classroom instruction and clinical learning experiences in a variety of health care settings. Duluth is a regional health care center with three hospitals, two major clinics, several nursing homes and residential health care facilities, and numerous community health agencies that serve northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
Students have many opportunities to experience nursing from unique and different perspectives throughout their four-year college careers.
Admission to major
New first-year students are eligible for the ENTER program, a criterion-based, early admission program. Eligible students who, upon admission to the College, declare their intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing will be guaranteed admission to the Nursing Program if they meet the ENTER program criteria. Students who do not meet the criteria or who do not choose to complete the ENTER program will be able to apply to the Nursing Program during their sophomore year through the standard application process.