Information for current students

Application to the major

Student handbook

Course schema

Course schedule

International opportunities

Course descriptions


Admission to the Traditional Nursing Program

Application to the nursing program is submitted during the fall semester of a student's sophomore year.  

Early admission through the ENTER program

ENTER is a criterion based, early admission program for nursing students. Available for first-year students, participants are guaranteed admission to the nursing program provided they meet all plan criteria. ENTER Program students still must apply to the major when the application opens, fall of their sophomore year.

Full details of the ENTER program

Application cycle

Applications to the major will be reviewed annually in October with an admission status report sent to the student prior to registration for spring semester classes. Admissions will be finalized after fall semester grades are posted. Students will be notified of changes in their admission status via campus email in January. 


Student handbook

View the nursing student handbook


What classes do I need to take?

Students are encourage to meet with their academic advisors to discuss any questions regarding course scheduling or major requirements. The course schema can be used as reference.

View the course schema (pdf)


International opportunties

International experience is critical to understanding our place in the world. Nursing majors have a variety of international opportunities, including a service trip to Belize.

More information about international opportunities for nursing majors


Course schedule

Wondering which classes are offered next semester? Looking for a CRN for regisration?

Visit our online course schedule


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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse BIO 1036 - Biology of the Cell

Introduces cell biology, intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences. Topics include the study of structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; study of the structure, function and behavior of cells; an introduction to cellular metabolism. 2 class hours.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2020 - Microbiology

Introduces microbiology including study of the morphology, diversity, evolution, physiology, genetics, metabolism, ecology, biotechnology, pathogenicity, immunology, epidemiology and control of microorganisms.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2510 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, and the gross anatomy of musculature. This course will be geared towards pre-nursing and pre-health occupational students with an emphasis on how basic anatomy and physiology functions in human health.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2520 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and defense systems. This course will be geared towards pre-nursing and pre-health occupational students with an emphasis on how basic anatomy and physiology functions in human health.

Expand and Collapse BIO 3020 - Pathophysiology

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology. This course does not count toward the biology major or minor.

Expand and Collapse CHM 1040 - General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Health Sciences

Introduces concepts of general, organic, and biochemistry in an integrated rather than a sequential order. Topics include the structure and function of atoms, ions and compounds, the periodic table, organic functional groups, biological macromolecules, and an introduction to metabolism. This course is required for Nursing majors and can be applied to the Exercise Physiology major.

Expand and Collapse CTA 1101 - Interpersonal Communication

Text, lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises emphasizing relationships, the self, perception, verbal communication, assertiveness and listening skills, nonverbal communication and conflict management.

Expand and Collapse DGN 1101 - The Responsible Self

Provides the foundation for our students' entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program's signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person. View Course Descriptions

Expand and Collapse DGN 1102 - And Dignity for All

Provides the foundation for our students' entire college experience by introducing them to the key elements unique to a St. Scholastica education. Dignitas, the Latin word for dignity, is the program's signature element focusing on the intrinsic, absolute value of being a person. VARIOUS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.

Expand and Collapse HSC 2215 - Nutrition for Health/Wellness

Focuses on how the basic principles of nutrition affect the individual. The role of nutrition in heath promotion and disease prevention is explored.

Expand and Collapse NSG 2111 - Professional Nursing and Health Care I

Introduces the nursing student to professional nursing roles. The concepts included will be: patient-centered care; safety; clinical judgment; communications (therapeutic); role development; ethics; spirituality (personal) and will be explored from the perspective of the developing professional nurse.

Expand and Collapse NSG 2222 - Recipient of Care Across the Lifespan I (Individuals)

Introduces the student to individuals across the lifespan from a nursing perspective. Focused concepts include; growth and development, functional ability, and genetics/genomics. Students will perform developmental and functional health assessments on healthy individuals in community settings as well as apply all three concepts to selected exemplars.

Expand and Collapse NSG 2333 - Health Continuum I: Individual Adaptive Responses

Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals through the application of concepts in classroom, laboratory, and simulated patient care settings. Students will learn principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safety and essential nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. The focus is on the individual’s adaptation to health challenges and transitions, including the concepts of sensory perception, pain, mobility, thermoregulation, coping and stress. This course is a total of 3 credits; 2 credits of classroom/ theory and 1 credit of skills/ simulation lab.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3111 - Professional Nursing & Health Care II

Introduces the nursing student to principles of evidence-based nursing practice, and the use of technology and informatics to seek and analyze knowledge that influences nursing practice. Students will explore how professional communication within the healthcare team influences safety and patient/family/community health outcomes. Students will develop a deeper understanding of clinical judgment and its application to nursing practice.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3112 - Professional Nursing & Health Care III

This course explores intermediate level concepts of professional nursing role development including health promotion, patient education and care coordination for individuals and families. Nursing informatics principles are used to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Health literacy is explored in the context of patient education and health promotion.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3222 - Recipient of Care Across the Lifespan II (Families and Communities)

This course transitions students toward caring for family and community. Focused topics include examining determinants of health in terms of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, impact of culture/inclusivity, family dynamics, and concept of caregiving.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3334 - Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses

Focuses on the individual’s response to health and illness challenges across the lifespan in clinical, classroom and laboratory settings. Concepts covered are metabolic changes, fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, infection, and safe medication administration. Students will apply principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safe nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3 credits of classroom/ theory, 2 credits of skills/ simulation lab and 1 credit of clinical.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3337 - Health Continuum III: Psychosocial Responses

Focuses on the assessment and the health promotion of individuals, childbearing families and communities experiencing psychosocial health transitions. This course incorporates increasingly complex critical thinking and therapeutic communication skills, as well as care management for individuals experiencing stressful transitions across the lifespan. Nursing care that promotes and supports the emotional, mental, and social well –being of the client experiencing stressful events, as well as clients with acute and/or chronic mental illness will be examined. The health needs of families during the prepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods will be explored. Concepts examined are grief and loss, mood and affect, anxiety, addictions, psychosis, interpersonal violence, sexuality and reproduction. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3.0 credits of classroom/ theory, 2.0 credits of clinical and 1 credit of lab/simulation.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4112 - Professional Nursing and Health Care IV

Explores holistic nursing leadership roles for the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Concepts in this course include leadership, healthcare quality from a systems perspective, health policy, and health care law. Topics include health care organizations and economics, and professional career management. This course examines health inequity including social determinants of health (e.g., socioeconomic status, educational level, geographic, race, gender, sexual orientation and others) as they relate to health policy and healthcare systems.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4113 - Professional Nursing & Health Care V

Transitions students to professional nurse through active classroom learning activities and simulation. Students will synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes from their classroom and clinical experiences in concurrent capstone coursework. Promotes socialization into professional nursing practice. Prepares for NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4222 - Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III: Populations, Community, and​ World

Examine public health concepts from a local, national and global perspective. Application of public health principles will be applied to community based nursing practice. Focused topics include examining disaster and bioterrorism preparation and response by studying current trending global disease, how the environment impacts health, and comparing and contrasting nursing care for urban, rural, and underserved populations. Application of community assessment, social determinants of health, and public health frameworks will guide the creation and implementation of community health projects.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4337 - Health Continuum IV: Responses to Complex Illness

Focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Complex concepts will be explored in the classroom and applied in the laboratory which include: acute cellular regulation, immunity/inflammation and hemostasis/clotting and cellular regulation.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4437 - Health Continuum V: Capstone

This 3 credit clinical course will facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. The student will be immersed in clinical settings supervised by professional nurse preceptors. These experiences will develop clinical reasoning skills and promote socialization into the nursing profession. Students may be assigned to a variety of healthcare organizations and may care for diverse patient populations. Select students will experience international service learning integrated into their captstone placement.

Expand and Collapse PSY 2208 - Lifespan Developmental PSY

Cognitive, personality/social, and physical development from conception to death. Within a life span developmental perspective, the course examines research methods, developmental theories, and application of research findings to selected problems in the major periods of the life span: the prenatal period, infancy, early/middle/late childhood, adolescence, and young/middle/late adulthood. The developmental perspective provides an important foundation for understanding normal children and adults, while also providing the essential knowledge base for the modern view of psychological disturbances as "normal development gone awry." This approach has practical implications for individuals with interests in parenting, caregiving, education, social services, and health sciences with both normal and exceptional populations. Prerequisite: none, but sophomore standing recommended.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3331 - Statistics

Covers basic statistical concepts and methods useful in conducting research and evaluating results of studies done by others. Topics include frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, transformed scores, correlations, multiple regression, hypothesis testing (t test, analysis of variance, and chi square), selection of appropriate statistics, calculation with MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS, interpretation of the "results" sections of journal articles, and numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making). Prerequisite: competence in arithmetic.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3341 - Introduction to Counseling

Identification of communication and counseling skills for working with all age groups. Topics include active listening skills, counseling process, empathic responding, overcoming barriers to communication, assets and limitations of paraprofessional helpers and counseling ethics. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse SOC 1125 - General Sociology

Designed to provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and applications of sociology, and the development of the sociological imagination. Topics include development of the social self, status and role, race and ethnicity, gender, social class, deviance, political and economic institutions, population dynamics, the family, and other dimensions of society. This introductory course emphasizes the development of the sociological imagination.