Nursing - BA, BS

The College for Women's baccalaureate nursing major is located on the St. Paul campus. The curriculum builds on the liberal arts background of the student and the values of a humanistic approach to the practice of professional nursing. Clinical experiences are provided using healthcare centers, community agencies and other facilities. Graduates are prepared to be safe, effective, professional general practitioners, to function as responsible members of the nursing profession and to continue formal education through advanced study.

Admission to the Major in the College for Women

All nursing candidates students must submit the nursing major application materials by a specified deadline in order to be considered for admission. Candidates should contact the Nursing Department at 651-690-6585 to receive application information.

Students apply for admission to the nursing major in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The deadline for submission of the application will be October 15 with notification the first week in January. Students will be considered for admission to the nursing major in two groups.

  1. Students who begin at St. Kate's as first-year students are guaranteed admission into the nursing major provided they have a 3.01 or higher prerequisite and cumulative GPA, have a TEAS test result that is proficient or higher, and have completed 32 semester credits prior to NURS 2900. Students who exceed these minimum requirements are more likely to ensure their success as a nursing student in this highly challenging program. First-year students must also complete requirements 2-9 under the Application Eligibility Criteria below.
  2. Students who transfer to St. Kate's will be offered admission into the nursing major contingent upon the number of positions available.2  Transfer students must meet the minimum 3.0 prerequisite and cumulative GPA requirement, and have a TEAS test result that is proficient or higher. Transfer students must also complete requirements 2-9 under the Application Eligibility Criteria below. Applications will be rank ordered by prerequisite GPA and TEAS results in the event that there are more students who are qualified than there are spots available.

Application eligibility criteria:

  1. Prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. TEAS result of proficient or higher
  3. Successful completion (C or above) of six prerequisite courses including IPE 1030 and IPE 1040
  4. Successful completion of 32 semesters credits prior to taking NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  5. Successful completion (C or above) of NURS 2900 and prerequisite courses taken fall semester
  6. No prerequisite or co-requisite course taken at St. Catherine University may be taken "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory." If a prerequisite or co-requisite course grade is C- or lower, this course (or an alternative course approved by the department chairperson or undergraduate program coordinator) must be repeated no more than once. Students may have only one withdrawal (W) in a prerequisite or co-requisite course. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course. If the student receives two or more prerequisite or co-requisite course grades of W or C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.
  7. Certification as a nursing assistant (CNA)
  8. Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Must complete the Health Care Provider level class that is valid for two years.
  9. Current immunizations in accordance with St. Catherine University requirements

Prerequisite and Supporting Coursework

The nursing program has a competitive, progressive and challenging curriculum. The admission criteria are designed to reflect the basic criteria for entrance into the program. To be successful in nursing, however, students should approach the prerequisite and co-requisite coursework as important opportunities to demonstrate the best academic performance possible. The knowledge and skills gained are important foundational preparation for one's nursing career as an effective healthcare provider. To that end, applicants should pursue the highest level of academic performance and preparation possible.

The prerequisite course GPA will be calculated on all prerequisite courses completed through fall semester. A minimum of six prerequisite courses must be completed prior to NURS 2900. Remaining prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or higher to continue in the program and prior to beginning NURS 3281. Students who exceed the minimum requirements are more likely to ensure their success as a nursing student in this highly challenging program. 

Maintaining eligibility

  1. Successful completion of 48 semester credits by the end of fall semester sophomore year, including completion of three lab science prerequisites. Prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher, cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Successful completion of prerequisite courses (see application criteria for details).
  2. Successful completion of 64 semester credits to begin junior year of major. Prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher, cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Successful completion of co-requisite courses (see application criteria for details).
1

The minimum GPA requirement will increase to 3.25 for students entering St. Catherine University Fall 2018 or later.

2

First-year students who enter St. Catherine University Fall 2018 or later, who have a prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 3.00-3.24, will be offered admission into the nursing major contingent upon the number of positions available.

Curriculum

Nursing Courses
NURS 2900Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 14
NURS 2910Nursing Care of Individuals and Families4
NURS 3281Pathophysiology4
NURS 3282Applied Pathophysiology4
NURS 3291Nursing Interventions I4
NURS 3292Nursing Interventions II4
NURS 3800Appl of Theory Nursing Prac I4
NURS 3810Application of Theory in Nursing Practice II4
NURS 4010Nursing Care of Complex Patients6
NURS 4020Complex Patient Care across the Continuum4
NURS 4200Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice8
Total Credits50
Prerequisite Courses (minimum grade of C required)
BIOL 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab4
BIOL 2610
BIOL 2620
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
8
Select one of the following:4-8
General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes2
IPE 2800Healthcare Teams: Opportunities and Challenges in Aging4
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
Select one of the following:4
Principles and Concepts of Sociology
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Cultural Anthropology
Economics of Social Issues
Total Credits40
Required Supporting Courses
INDI 3150Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professional4
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
PHIL 3400Biomedical Ethics4
or THEO 2200 Christian Ethics
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders4
Total Credits16
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 NURS 2900 is a nursing course taken prior to admission to the nursing program. This course is not computed in the prerequisite GPA but must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Nursing majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors in IPE 4200W Healthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice. They complete the Liberal Arts and Science Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice and any other writing-intensive course in another department).