FAST FACTS: Post-baccalaureate Nursing
Welcome to an exciting and accelerated nursing option — a great choice for college graduates with non-nursing majors who want to become registered nurses. The School of Nursing offers two accelerated nursing bachelor of science degree options: a traditional day school program at the Duluth campus and an online hybrid program at the St. Cloud campus.
Curriculum is based on the same philosophy and outcomes as our traditional undergraduate baccalaureate degree program, incorporating an integrated approach to learning with a concentration in the nursing major. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for R.N. licensure and enter the nursing work force, fulfilling the desire to begin a rewarding career in healthcare.
The Post-baccalaureate Nursing program is offered at the following locations:
Duluth - Offered in a traditional day format with scheduled classes, labs and clinical experiences Monday - Friday.
St. Cloud - Students take theory courses online and actively participate in hands-on intensive lab and clinical experiences.
Cohorts in Duluth begin in May; St. Cloud cohorts begin in September. Our next available start date is 2014.
The program takes 15 months to complete in Duluth and 16 months to complete in St. Cloud. The program requires 50 credits of nursing coursework over four 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 R.N., obtain public health certification in Minnesota and school nurse licensure, as well as work in nursing administration or pursue graduate education in nursing.
Research from the American Association of Colleges in Nursing shows that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing 4-6 months after graduation.
With the Institute of Medicine calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job opportunities for R.N.s to grow by 26 percent by 2020. 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. Job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for nurses with a bachelor's degree.
"As a student in a Post-baccalaureate Nursing program, the experience is different from that of an undergrad. Academically and professionally, there are higher expectations, and everything moves at a much faster pace. But because of this, you are able to engage more with your classmates and instructors.
The instructors view you as an equal, and understand the importance and value of your past experience, challenging you to integrate it into your nursing practice. The PBN program pushes you to achieve your highest potential and prepares you for a successful career in nursing."
– Liz Dwyer, PBN Student