Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Track

Nursing students

Training well-rounded nurses

The Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, which includes preparing them to meet the needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied though 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.

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 also eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue graduate study in Nursing

Preparation for holistic practice

Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum simulation, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary for responsible living and meaning work.

International opportunities

Nurses, no matter where they serve, will work with increasingly diverse populations. International experience gives nurses the cultural competence they need to succeed. Nurses will be called on to serve a variety of populations with diverse backgrounds and cultural competence and international experience will be invaluable.

More about international opportunities for nursing majors

A variety of clinical experiences

Clinical practice necessitates that students care for a variety of individuals in various settings. These practice experiences are designed so that students have diverse experiences in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families and groups. Clinical experiences occur in the nursing simulation laboratory, acute care, extended care and community health settings beginning in the first semester of the nursing program.

Program outcomes

Outcomes which students achieve in the program are derived from St. Scholastica's institutional mission. The ANA's Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, ANA's Code of Ethics, AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and the Minnesota Nursing Practice Act form the basis for nursing practice. These documents have been utilized in the development of the curriculum and in the structuring of clinical practice experiences.

The outcomes of the baccalaureate curriculum are:

  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 standards.
  3. Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies and information system technologies in dynamic healthcare environments.
  4. Integrate effective interprofessional collaboration practice to enhance the health of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
  5. Utilize knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.

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Prospective Students

Current Students

Applying to the Nursing Major

St. Scholastica offers 3 paths to earn your B.S. in Nursing: Direct Entry, ENTER program and standard application.

Julie Knuths, DNP, RN, Interim Chair

Science Center
Room S3220A
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

(218) 723-5945


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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NCLEX Pass Rate

Each quarter, CSS nursing graduates take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed nurse. St. Scholastica's traditional nursing program had a 96.88% NCLEX passing rate in the second quarter of 2015, one of the top performers among Minnesota baccalaureate nursing programs.