RN to BS Online

R.N. to B.S. Online Program

The R.N. to B.S. Nursing Program is designed for the associate degree or diploma R.N. who seeks a bachelor's degree in Nursing. This program is based on the same philosophy and outcomes as the Traditional Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Nursing programs. The B.S. degree includes general education courses and required nursing courses. If you have a bachelor of science or arts degree, an associate of arts degree or have met the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, the majority of your general education requirements are satisfied.

Academic programs will be individualized based on previous educational experience. The program requires 128 credits for graduation. Of these, 44 must be taken in the R.N. to B.S. Nursing program. The R.N. to B.S. Student Adviser will assist students with program planning. Upon completion of the R.N. to B.S. Nursing program, graduates have the academic credentials to pursue a master's study in Nursing or a B.S. to DNP track. In addition, students that complete the program requirements, including the optional community health clinical course, are eligible to be certified as a public health nurse or school nurse.

The R.N. to B.S. Nursing Program is designed to build on the R.N. student's experience as a registered nurse. Sixteen semester credits in nursing are credited toward the BS degree upon successful validation of prior learning by means of a nursing portfolio that documents R.N. experience.

Upper-division requirements for R.N. to B.S.:

NSG 3125, 3355, 3361, 4570, 4571 (optional), 4472, 4580, 4590, 4998; TRS 3311, and Statistics (Descriptive and Inferential)

Nursing Informatics Certificate Program (graduate level)

Program Overview

This post baccalaureate certificate program focuses on the application of computerized information systems to the work processes and decision-making activities of nurses in patient care, education and research. According to the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (T.I.G.E.R.) Initiative, nurses specializing in informatics increase the accuracy and completeness of documentation, improve workflow, and manage data to improve patient safety and outcomes.


The Nursing Informatics Program is offered as an interdisciplinary program, consisting of courses from the Department of Graduate Nursing, the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) Department, and the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department. The certificate offers an option for a 3.5 credit practicum course that would qualify students to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification in Informatics Nursing. The program is offered 100 percent online.

Program Outcomes

Incorporate theories, principles and concepts from appropriate sciences into informatics practice and research to improve health outcomes.
Describe the design, implementation, analysis and evaluation of informatics solutions to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making.
Integrate social, legal, regulatory, and ethical standards into an informatics solution for nursing and health care.
Promote the use of data, information, and knowledge management in health care.
Nursing Informatics Certificate Program Admission Requirements and Checklist Eligibility

Current, active R.N. license, within a state or territory of the United States.
IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the College must be able to validate your R.N. license. If your state does not have an online R.N. license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current R.N. license valid in the U.S. to Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811
B.A./B.S. degree in nursing or B.A./B.S. degree in a relevant field, from an accredited college or university.
Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on required transcripts.
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.


Applicants are expected to be ready for master's-level work by having strong writing skills.
Have proficiency in using a computer, sending and receiving emails (with and without attachments), and browsing the web.
Have access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox (latest versions). Additional requirements may be required for individual courses.

Dean, School of Nursing: Marty Witrak, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Chair, Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing:
Paula Byrne, M.S.N., R.N.

Chair, Department of Post-Baccalaureate Nursing:
Sheryl Sandahl, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.P., M.P.H.

Chair, Department of Non-Traditional Nursing:
Arlene Johnson Ph.D., R.N., C.N.P., C.N.E.