The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790
Paula Byrne, M.S., P.H.N., R.N.
Department Chair, Traditional Nursing Program
Science Center, Room 3110D
Fast Facts: Baccalaureate Nursing
Major: 50 credits
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 Nursing Program if they meet the ENTER program criteria. Students who do not meet the criteria will still be able to apply to the Nursing Program through the standard application process. The application is available for review online at the website. Students apply to the Nursing program the fall of their sophomore year and begin the program the spring of their sophomore year.
Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, and the need for their services is predicted to grow well into the 21st century. Career opportunities abound for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's August 2012 research shows that nurses with baccalaureate-level preparation are linked to better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. With the Institute of Medicine (2010) calling for 80 percent of the nursing work force to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.
Additional research from the American Association of Colleges in Nursing shows that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing 4-6 months after graduation. With the Institute of Medicine calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.
Graduates are prepared to give care to individuals of all ages with healthcare needs ranging from health promotion to rehabilitation. Graduates may choose to focus on groups of consumers, families or communities as they work in institutions and in the community. A baccalaureate degree is the first step toward advanced practice in nursing; areas such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nursing faculty and advanced leadership in complex organizations all require an advanced nursing degree such as a Ph.D., or Doctor of Nursing Practice.
"A stroke patient asked me recently if I was a St. Scholastica graduate.
‘Yes,' I said. ‘How did you know?'
‘Scholastica Nurses care,' he answered. ‘They don't just come to work for a paycheck. They don't just do the basics. Scholastica care is holistic, and that's important for the healing process. They come to work for the person, and I really appreciate that.'"
– Kelly Roach, ‘12