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The College of St. Scholastica
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Paula Byrne, M.S., P.H.N., RN
Department Chair, Traditional Nursing Program
Science Center, Room 3110D
(218) 723-6020
pbyrne@css.edu

Accreditation

CCNE SealThe baccalaureate degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 540 Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Top Nursing School

We're proud to have been recognized by Nursing Schools Almanac as one of the top nursing schools in the Plains region as well as one of the top private nursing schools in the country.

Program Overview Video

Program Overview Video

B.S. Nursing

Nursing professional teaching students within the SIM lab

Fast Facts: B.S. Nursing

  • Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum, simulation, case-based studies, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit.
  • St. Scholastica's nursing program integrates knowledge from the humanities, the behavioral arts and sciences and the natural sciences with skills acquired in the nursing curriculum to establish a base for professional practice.
  • Nursing students may choose to pursue a health humanities minor, which provides an interdisciplinary approach to investigating and understanding the profound effects of disease and illness on patients, on health professionals and on the social worlds in which they live and work.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) and are prepared for entry level positions in a variety of health care settings. 

Program Requirements

Major: 50 credits

Hands-on Learning

  • In our skills and simulation laboratories, nursing students practice hands-on skills, physical assessment, best practice techniques, interprofessional communication skills and professional behaviors. Instructors conduct real-time evaluations of each student. 
  • Through the Observed Simulated Clinical Interdisciplinary Experience, students engage in patient simulations with University of Minnesota Duluth medical school and pharmacy students, and St. Scholastica occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work students, to gain a better understanding of the role of other health professionals and how to work on an interdisciplinary team.
  • Students will receive clinical experiences in multiple settings. Duluth is a regional healthcare center with three hospitals, two major clinics, several nursing homes and residential healthcare facilities, and numerous community health agencies that serve northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Admission to Major

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 bachelor's 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. Students apply to the nursing program the fall of their sophomore year and begin the program the spring of their sophomore year. There are 112 applicants accepted into the nursing program each spring. 

Careers

Career opportunities abound for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate (bachelor's degree) level. With the Institute of Medicine 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.

National data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows employment for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to increase 16 percent by 2024, which is faster than the national average for all other occupations.

St. Scholastica nursing 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.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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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 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab.

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 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 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 4200 - Holistic NSG Approaches

This course focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Concepts are applied in a variety of clinical settings. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisite: NSG 4225, 4235, 4245.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4225 - Multi-System Illness - Holistic Nursing Interventions

This course will engage the student in simulation activities which continue to develop critical thinking and professional nursing skills for care of clients experiencing multi-system illness. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Co-requisite: NSG 4200, 4235, 4245.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4235 - Public Health Nursing

This course examines public health from local, national and global perspectives. Students will learn and apply public health principles in the holistic nursing care of populations. Corequisites: NSG 4200, 4225, 4343.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4240 - Community as Client

This course focuses on community assessment, resource finding and resource utilization. Students will apply the holistic caring process to a public health target population. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3331. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NSG 4235.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4343 - NSG Leadership & Management

This course focuses on holistic leadership and management roles of the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisites NSG 4200, 4225.

Expand and Collapse PSY 2335 - Statistics for Profl Practice

Introduction to statistical concepts and methods useful in evaluating and applying results of research studies done by others. Students learn to construct frequency distributions and simple graphs, to compute measures of central tendency, variability, transformed scores, correlations and simple regression, and to carry out hypothesis tests (t-tests, analysis of variance, chi-square) using hand calculators and MS-Excel. Taught with a strong focus on numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making) and the correct evaluation and interpretation of research results reported in the public press and professional journals.

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