Curriculum | Post-baccalaureate Nursing

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Nursing skills and simulation labs
Clinical learning experiences

Evidence of clock hours
Program schema
Course descriptions

Learning outcomes

The following Nursing program outcomes identify the depth and breadth of knowledge that graduates of all undergraduate nursing programs are able to demonstrate. Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing programs the graduate will:

  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 using patient care 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. Use knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.

Nursing skills and simulation labs

Laboratory learning activities involve students in the hands-on practice of nursing skills involved in patient care. The School of Nursing received an HRSA federal grant to update equipment in the skills and simulation lab on the Duluth campus, and equip a new nursing skills and simulation lab on the St. Cloud campus. In the simulation lab, students participate in patient care scenarios with simulation manikins as patients.

Lab intensives - Students in the St. Cloud program will attend lab at the St. Cloud campus one to three times during a semester for a concentrated time frame (i.e. three to five days). Efforts are made to group lab days to decrease travel costs.

Clinical learning experiences

Clinical learning activities are experiences with actual patients in a variety of patient-care settings. Experiences are with a St. Scholastica faculty member or with an R.N. preceptor and supervised by St. Scholastica faculty.

The Director of Educational Experiences secures all clinical placements for both the Duluth and St. Cloud programs. Students are responsible for all costs related to attending clinical experiences: transportation, lodging if required, meals and parking.

Duluth

Student clinical experiences in the Duluth program include a variety of healthcare facilities in the Duluth area. For rural (semester II), the College has an ongoing relationship with rural sites in the greater Minnesota/Wisconsin area; for the externship (semester IV) efforts will be make to place the students at a facility of his or her choosing. 

St. Cloud

Student clinical experiences in the St. Cloud program include a variety of healthcare facilities and are scheduled in an intensive format similar to the lab intensives. Effort will be made to keep clinical sites within a reasonable proximity to the student's home. For rural (semester II) and externship (semester IV) experiences, students will work with the Director of Educational Experiences to select a site.

Evidence of clock hours

In the baccalaureate degree program, 50 nursing credits are required for the completion of the nursing major. Completion of the nursing major coursework combined with a student's previous baccalaureate coursework and one heritage course taken during the program meet CSS requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Because the program will be intense, it is expected that students will not be able to work while attending this program.

  • When course credits are used for theory, time allotted is 1 hour for every course credit. 
  • When course credits are used for laboratory experiences, the time allotted is 2 hours for every course credit. Laboratory learning activities include active student participation in the nursing skills and simulation labs.
  • When course credits are used for clinical experiences, the time allotted is 3 hours for every course credit. Clinical learning activities are experiences with actual clients or experiences with a professional nurse in a patient-care setting

Program schema

Semester I (11 nursing credits)

[Duluth - Summer I] [St. Cloud - Fall I]
NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice - 5 credits (3 theory, 2 lab)
NSG 3645 Professional Nursing I - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3660 Health Transition I - 4 credits (2 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing acute illness across the lifespan. **

Semester II (12 - 14* nursing credits; 4 general education credits)

 [Duluth - Fall] [St. Cloud - Spring]
NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 3867 Evidence-Based Practice - 1 credit (theory)
NSG 3870 Health Transitions II - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients and families experiencing acute illness in the rural setting.**
NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I - 2 credits (lab)
TRS 3777 Catholic Benedictine Perspectives: Responsible Living and Meaningful Work 

Semester III (14 - 16* nursing credits)

 [Duluth - Spring] [St. Cloud - Summer]
NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III - 2 credits (theory)
NSG 4660 Health Transitions III - 7 credits (5 theory; 2 clinical/90 hours)
Clinical - Care of patients experiencing complex illness.**
NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II - 2 credits (lab)
NSG 4674 Community Health - 3 credits (theory)

Semester IV (13 nursing credits)

[Duluth - Summer II] [St. Cloud - Fall II]
NSG 4800 Professional Nursing IV - 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Leadership experience; students work with an RN in a leadership position supervised by CSS clinical faculty.**
NSG 4874 Community as Client - 2 credits (1 lab; 1 clinical/45 hours)
Clinical - Students assess and plan care for a selected community.**
NSG 4880 Capstone - 6 credits (2 theory; 1 lab; 3 clinical/135 hours)
Clinical - Student externship experience at the end of the program; students work with an RN preceptor as a graduate nurse supervised by CSS faculty.**

NSG Elective - 2 credits (theory) can be taken semester II, III or IV

Course descriptions

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse NSG 3600 - Introduction to Nursing Practice

This course introduces the nursing student to critical thinking, assessment and nursing interventions required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals, families and communities in a holistic manner. Pre- or Co-requisite: Acceptance into the Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program; all prerequisite courses have been completed. Taken concurrently with NSG 3645 and 3660.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3645 - Professional Nursing I

Introduces concepts related to professional nursing at the baccalaureate level including nursing roles, holistic nursing, patient centered care, evidence based practice, patient safety and quality improvement. This is a foundational course for students to begin examining nursing issues affecting health care today.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3660 - Health Transitions I

This course is an introduction to health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic illness and interdisciplinary clinical practice concepts. The clinical component will take place in the acute care setting. Pre- or Co-requisites: Acceptance to Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program; all prerequisite courses have been completed. Taken concurrently with NSG 3600 and 3645.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3845 - Professional Nursing II

Builds on concepts related to professional nursing and role development at the baccalaureate level. Emphasis is on cultural competence, health care in rural environments, communication, and the interdisciplinary health care team. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3867, 3870 and 3871.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3867 - Evidence Based Practice

This course introduces the nursing student to evidence-based practice and the role of the nurse as consumer of nursing research. Pre- & Co- requisite: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3845, 3870 and 3871.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3871 - Integrative Lab I

This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all summer post baccalaureate accelerated nursing program courses. NSG 3845, 3867, and 3870 are co-requisites.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4645 - Professional Nursing III

This course continues to build on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on evolving nursing issues and professional development. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4660, 4661 and 4674.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4660 - Health Transitions III

This course focuses on the client with complex health needs. Students will demonstrate critical thinking in the management of care for multiple clients with complex health needs. Focus will be on providing holistic care to selected clients in rural settings. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4661 and 4674.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4661 - Integrative Lab II

This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing increasingly complex health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4660 and 4674.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4674 - Community Health

In this course students will apply public health principles to nursing practice from a population-based individual, community and system level. This course examines public health from a local, national and global perspective. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses and BIO 3020. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4660 and 4661.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4800 - Professional Nursing IV

Builds on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on leadership, quality improvement, and professional development. Students apply the content and principles examined in Professional Nursing III for application in practice. The skill of writing is essential for student success as a professional nurse and leader. Students complete a series of writing assignments including position papers, reflective journaling, professional reports and presentation with an emphasis on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students also complete 45 hours of clinical working with a nurse in a leadership position.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4874 - Community as Client

This course focuses on community assessment. Students will apply the holistic caring process to a public health target population. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4800 and 4880.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4880 - Nursing Capstone

Concluding clinical course that immerses the student in an extended, precepted clinical experience to promote the transition from student to professional nurse. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4800 and 4874.

Two credits of NSG electives also are required.

All general education requirements must be met as well. Often, but not always, these requirements are met by previous undergraduate study.

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