Nursing - BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information

The section of the baccalaureate degree program in nursing offered for diverse adult learners in the College for Adults is designed to embrace multicultural and social justice perspectives on health and healing. The BSN is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and endorsed in holistic nursing by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). 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 nurses and leaders in health care settings. The nursing major portion of this baccalaureate degree will consist of 50 nursing credits over 21-23 months, depending on the start date, 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 or cfabsninfo@stkate.edu to receive application information.

Requirements for admission:

  1. Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. TEAS result of "proficient" or higher
  3. Successful completion of (or be in progress or registered for) all prerequisite coursework (minimum grade of C required) at the time of application to nursing

  4. Have only two withdrawals (W's) in prerequisite courses. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course. 

  5. Successful completion of all required courses, except IPE 4200W and CORE 3990W before starting the Nursing major

  6. Current certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the State of Minnesota.
  7. Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Must complete the Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider level class that is valid for two years. (Certification will need to be renewed and maintained for the duration of the program.)
  8. Current immunizations in accordance with St. Catherine University requirements.
  9. Pass a criminal background check

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 Childbearing Families5
NURS 3804Holistic Population-Based Nursing: Community Perspectives4
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 4702Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing2
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 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2420Human Disease 12
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences (or equivalent) 14
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
or PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Total Credits25
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab 14
or CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I with Lab
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology 32
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes 32
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.

3

Or IPE 1050 Pain and Suffering - An Interprofessional Perspective. This IPE course also meets the LIFE core theology requirement.

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 WomanCORE 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 3102Holistic Nursing Care - Transition to Professional Practice2
NURS 3303Human Caring - Professional Roles and Culture3
NURS 3403Holistic Care of Older Adults3
NURS 3502Holistic Health Assessment2
NURS 3705Holistic Nursing Care of Children and Childbearing Families5
NURS 3804Holistic Population-Based Nursing: Community Perspectives4
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 4702Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing2
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 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2420Human Disease 12
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences (or equivalent) 14
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
or PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Total Credits25
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab 14
or CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I with Lab
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology 32
IPE 1040Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes 32
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.

3

Or IPE 1050 Pain and Suffering - An Interprofessional Perspective. This IPE course also meets the LIFE core theology requirement.

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 WomanCORE 3990W Global Search for Justice and any other writing-intensive course in another department).

Fall Term
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
Spring Term
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
or PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Fall Term
BIOL 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab4
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences4
IPE 1050Pain and Suffering - An Interprofessional Perspective 14
Spring Term
BIOL 2420Human Disease2
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab4
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
Fall Term
NURS 3106Foundations of Nursing and Holistic Care6
NURS 3303Human Caring - Professional Roles and Culture3
NURS 3403Holistic Care of Older Adults3
Spring Term
NURS 3502Holistic Health Assessment 22
NURS 3902Pharmacology and Holistic Nursing Practice2
NURS 4106Holistic Care of Adults6
NURS 4702Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing2
Summer Term
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
NURS 4603Holistic Nursing: Reflection in Action3
Fall Term
NURS 3705Holistic Nursing Care of Children and Childbearing Families5
NURS 3804Holistic Population-Based Nursing: Community Perspectives4
NURS 4203Holistic Nursing Approaches to Mental Health3
Spring Term
NURS 4303Holistic Nursing Advances: Leading and Influencing3
NURS 4704Unification of Nursing Concepts and Contexts in Holistic Complex Care4
NURS 4804Holistic Nursing Practice in Complex Dynamic Situations4
Total Credits91
1

If this course is not taken in the fall, the student will need to take IPE 1030 and IPE 1040 and a theology course (unless the theology requirement has already been completed).

2

Taken during J-Term

Fall Term
BIOL 2400General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
Spring Term
BIOL 2410Advanced Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
or PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Fall Term
BIOL 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab4
ECON 1080Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences4
IPE 1050Pain and Suffering - An Interprofessional Perspective 14
Spring Term
BIOL 2420Human Disease2
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab4
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
Fall Term
NURS 3102Holistic Nursing Care - Transition to Professional Practice2
NURS 3303Human Caring - Professional Roles and Culture3
NURS 3403Holistic Care of Older Adults3
Spring Term
NURS 3502Holistic Health Assessment 22
NURS 3902Pharmacology and Holistic Nursing Practice2
NURS 4106Holistic Care of Adults6
NURS 4702Global Communities and Holistic Public Health Nursing2
Summer Term
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
NURS 4603Holistic Nursing: Reflection in Action3
Fall Term
NURS 3705Holistic Nursing Care of Children and Childbearing Families5
NURS 3804Holistic Population-Based Nursing: Community Perspectives4
NURS 4203Holistic Nursing Approaches to Mental Health3
Spring Term
NURS 4303Holistic Nursing Advances: Leading and Influencing3
NURS 4704Unification of Nursing Concepts and Contexts in Holistic Complex Care4
NURS 4804Holistic Nursing Practice in Complex Dynamic Situations4
Total Credits87
1

If this course is not taken in the fall, the student will need to take IPE 1030 and IPE 1040 and a theology course (unless the theology requirement has already been completed).

2

Taken during J-Term