Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in three program formats, the traditional undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and R.N. to B.S. Online. The Undergraduate Nursing Program, which is approved as a licensure-preparing program by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied through a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration.

The School also educates leaders in its Master's of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs. Information about the graduate nursing programs is found on the College website.

All nursing programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The following Undergraduate Nursing Program outcomes identify the depth and breadth of knowledge which graduates of all undergraduate nursing program formats at CSS are able to demonstrate. Upon completion of the Undergraduate Nursing Program the graduate will:

Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences and the Benedictine values in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
Demonstrate professional values and behaviors consistent with professional standards.
Demonstrate competence for entry-level professional practice.
Advocate for healthcare that is sensitive to the needs of clients including vulnerable populations.
Assume responsibility for ongoing professional development in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing

Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program

The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program is an on-campus program that prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, including the health needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied through a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum faculty blend the use of simulation, technology and integrative therapies to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit.

Students need 128 credits to graduate, with 50 credits coming from nursing coursework. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing and qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue master's study in Nursing or a B.S. to DNP track.

Admission and Retention Procedure and Policies

New first-year students are eligible for the ENTER Program, which is 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 Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program if they meet the ENTER Program criteria (available on the Web and in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook). In the event there are more qualified ENTER students than seats available, admission will be determined based on highest overall GPA of required coursework.

New first-year students who do not meet the ENTER criteria, and transfer students will be able to apply to the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program through the following standard application process. Application criteria that is starred (*) applies to ENTER students only in the application process list below.

ENTER Applicants should:

Make application to the ENTER Program by the end of fall semester of your freshman year. The application will be posted online at the Traditional Nursing website.
Complete 48 semester credits at CSS before taking NSG 2200.
At the time of application to the major (fall, sophomore year), have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Obtain a minimum grade of B on the first year English composition course.
All applicants should:

Complete online application to the major. Link will be posted in early September on the webpage.
Complete or have a plan for completing all prerequisite courses for the nursing program.
Obtain no grade lower than a C in any prerequisite course.
Complete all nursing program immunizations requirements through MyHealth
Complete a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) course followed by state registration as a CNA
Complete a TEAS V (Test of Academic Skills) exam the fall of application to nursing program
The departmental Admission and Progression Committee reviews all applications in early October. The department reserves the right to select those with the best qualifications from applicants who meet the minimum criteria. The department chairman notifies applicants in writing of the committee's action. Admissions will be finalized after fall grades have been posted. Students formally enter the nursing program their sophomore spring. Following acceptance to the major, students must maintain a minimum of a C grade in all nursing courses and required support courses.

Retention in the program is contingent upon compliance with academic policies stated in the college catalog, the student handbook and in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook. Since the healthcare delivery system is changing rapidly, revisions may be necessary in course requirements before the publication of a new catalog. Any changes in requirements made before the student's admission to the major are binding on the student.

Courses Completed Before/Concurrent with Admission to the major:

DGN 1101, 1102, ENG 1110, SOC 1125 or SOC 2433, PSY 2208, 3341, CHM 1040, BIO 1036, BIO 2110, 2120, 2020 and CTA 1102.

Nursing requirements:

NSG 2200, NSG 3200, 3225, 3300, 3325, 3335, NSG 4200, 4225, 4235, 4240, 4343, 4500, and a Nursing elective, HSC 2215, 3020, 3777, and PSY 3331 or PSY 2335.

Other requirements

The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing student handbook and other departmental publications detail specific requirements in regard to class attendance, clinical and laboratory responsibilities and uniform and equipment needs for students. Nursing coursework may have unique times of commitment surrounding clinical coursework. Students provide their own transportation for off campus learning experiences in Nursing courses.


Students wishing to transfer from another college or university apply through the Admissions Office. Transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Transfer Admissions and the Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing. Students are then advised regarding the appropriate course of study.