Nursing: BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information

The baccalaureate nursing section offered for diverse adult learners in the College for Adults is designed to embrace multicultural and social justice perspectives on health and healing. A holistic approach and compassionate attitude supports students as they matriculate at St. Catherine University. The purpose of the program is to advance the study, understanding, and professional practice of the discipline of nursing. Holistic nursing embraces multicultural healing perspectives alongside Western medicine to advance health and healing for all. 

Holistic nursing practice builds on a foundation of liberal arts and sciences to focus on the person, family and community. The overall goal of the curriculum is to prepare nurses whose practice nurtures the wholeness of persons through caring in a variety of nursing situations and settings.

St. Catherine University has a vast array of respected clinical partners who provide opportunities for students to learn to be excellent holistic practitioners and leaders in healthcare settings. The nursing portion of this baccalaureate degree will consist of 50 nursing credits over two years in a hybrid format. This program will prepare the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and practice as a registered nurse.

Admission to the Major in the College for Adults

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 Admissions Office at 651-690-7801 to receive application information.

Requirements for admission:

  1. All prerequisite coursework must be registered for, in progress, or completed (minimum grade of C required) at the time of application to nursing
  2. All required courses, except IPE 4200W and CORE 3990W, must be completed before starting the Nursing major
  3. Must have current CNA certification, CPR for Health Professionals
  4. Must pass a criminal background check
  5. Must meet all clinical compliance requirements
  6. Must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  7. Must meet the Kaplan Nursing Admission test set scores. St. Kate’s will offer this test to accepted and enrolled St. Catherine University students twice a year in August and January. Only the most recent Kaplan scores are used in making nursing admission decisions.

All Liberal Arts and Sciences courses with the exception of CORE 3990W must be completed before beginning the final semester of nursing courses.

Curriculum

NURS 3106Foundations of Nursing and Holistic Care6
NURS 3303Human Caring - Professional Roles and Culture3
NURS 3403Holistic Care of Older Adults3
NURS 3502Holistic Health Assessment2
NURS 3705Holistic Nursing Care of Children and Families5
NURS 3803Holistic Community and Public Health Nursing3
NURS 3902Pharmacology and Holistic Nursing Practice2
NURS 4106Holistic Care of Adults6
NURS 4203Holistic Nursing Approaches to Mental Health3
NURS 4303Holistic Nursing Advances: Leading and Influencing3
NURS 4603Holistic Nursing: Reflection in Action3
NURS 4703Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing3
NURS 4704Unification of Nursing Concepts and Contexts in Holistic Complex Care4
NURS 4804Holistic Nursing Practice in Complex Dynamic Situations4
Total Credits50
Prerequisite Courses (minimum grade of C required)
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2420Human Disease 12
BIOL 2450Applied Microbiology with Lab 14
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences (or equivalent) 14
HSCI 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
Total Credits25
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab (Or CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I and II) 14
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes2
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice 24
Total Credits16
1

 Must have been completed within seven years to be considered for transfer

2

 May be taken concurrent with nursing courses. All other required courses must be completed before beginning the nursing course sequence.

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).

The LPN to BSN section is meant to support a multicultural, diverse student body who wants to attend classes while working part-time and supporting families and communities.

Admission requirements are identical to the BSN section for non-LPNs, with the exception that students applying for the LPN to BSN must have a current unencumbered LPN license and recent practice experience. Students admitted to the LPN to BSN will receive four nursing credits of advanced standing.

Curriculum

NURS 3303Human Caring - Professional Roles and Culture3
NURS 3305Transition to Professional Holistic Nursing Practice5
NURS 3502Holistic Health Assessment2
NURS 3705Holistic Nursing Care of Children and Families5
NURS 3803Holistic Community and Public Health Nursing3
NURS 3902Pharmacology and Holistic Nursing Practice2
NURS 4106Holistic Care of Adults6
NURS 4203Holistic Nursing Approaches to Mental Health3
NURS 4303Holistic Nursing Advances: Leading and Influencing3
NURS 4603Holistic Nursing: Reflection in Action3
NURS 4703Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing3
NURS 4704Unification of Nursing Concepts and Contexts in Holistic Complex Care4
NURS 4804Holistic Nursing Practice in Complex Dynamic Situations4
Total Credits46
Prerequisite Courses (minimum grade of C required)
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2420Human Disease 12
BIOL 2450Applied Microbiology with Lab 14
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences (or equivalent) 14
HSCI 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
Total Credits25
Other Required Courses
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab (Or CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I and II) 14
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes2
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice 24
Total Credits16
1

 Must have been completed within seven years to be considered for transfer

2

 May be taken concurrent with nursing courses. All other required courses must be completed before beginning the nursing course sequence.

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).