Nursing - BA, BS
The College for Women's baccalaureate nursing 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- TEAS result of proficient or higher
- Successful completion (C or above) of six prerequisite courses including IPE 1030 and IPE 1040
- Successful completion of 32 semesters credits prior to taking NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
- Successful completion (C or above) of NURS 2900 and prerequisite courses taken fall semester
- No prerequisite or required supporting course taken at St. Catherine University may be taken "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory." If a prerequisite or required supporting 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 required supporting course. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course. If the student receives two or more prerequisite or required supporting course grades of W or C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.
- Certification as a nursing assistant (CNA)
- Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Must complete the Health Care Provider level class that is valid for two years.
- 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 required supporting 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.
- 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).
- 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 required supporting courses (see application criteria for details).
The minimum GPA requirement will increase to 3.25 for students entering St. Catherine University Fall 2018 or later.
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.
|NURS 2900||Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 1||4|
|NURS 2910||Nursing Care of Individuals and Families||4|
|NURS 3282||Applied Pathophysiology||4|
|NURS 3291||Nursing Interventions I||4|
|NURS 3292||Nursing Interventions II||4|
|NURS 3800||Appl of Theory Nursing Prac I||4|
|NURS 3810||Application of Theory in Nursing Practice II||4|
|NURS 4010||Nursing Care of Complex Patients||6|
|NURS 4020||Complex Patient Care across the Continuum||4|
|NURS 4200||Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice||8|
|Prerequisite Courses (minimum grade of C required)|
|BIOL 2200||Introduction to Microbiology with Lab||4|
& BIOL 2620
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
|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 2300||Nutrition Foundations||4|
|IPE 1030||Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology||2|
|IPE 1040||Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes||2|
|IPE 2800||Healthcare Teams: Opportunities and Challenges in Aging||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Statistical Analysis for Decision Making|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology|
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology with Lab||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Principles and Concepts of Sociology|
|Sociology of Health and Medicine|
|Economics of Social Issues|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|INDI 3150||Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professional||4|
|IPE 4200W||Healthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice||4|
|PHIL 3400||Biomedical Ethics||4|
|or THEO 2200||Christian Ethics|
|PSYC 3010||Understanding Psychological Disorders||4|
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).