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Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Minnesota and the United States more broadly are experiencing a nursing shortage. The field of nursing needs more professionals who approach health care from a whole-person perspective, recognizing the many factors that contribute to a person’s health and well-being.

In the proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of St. Thomas program, you will be prepared to enter this high-demand field and provide the care, advocacy and interprofessional collaboration so urgently needed in the field.

Graduates will be educated to work as generalists in a variety of settings. The program will prepare you to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN® licensure exam. Over the course of earning your degree, you’ll gain real-world experience during work in a clinical setting.

Why St. Thomas?

The proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will provide a unique emphasis on whole-person wellness, social determinants of health and health equity, interprofessional collaboration, and advocacy and systems change. St. Thomas seeks to help serve the health needs of diverse populations in urban and rural areas by training culturally responsive nurses who proactively improve whole-person healing.

The program has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Proposed Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Course Requirements

    The proposed pre-licensure BSN program is a traditional four-year undergraduate major program that consists of 58 required nursing credits along with 35 credits in supporting courses such as biology, chemistry, psychology, math, statistics and other liberal studies courses.

    Through the coursework, you will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and diagnostics to develop, implement and evaluate plans of care and nursing interventions to care for the whole-person. You’ll learn how to make clinical judgments based on the principles and practices of evidence-based nursing practice. And you’ll learn to provide socially just nursing grounded in diversity, equity and inclusion to advance the common good.

    Proposed Four-Year Plan

    The proposed BSN program follows a relatively rigorous curriculum plan. Nursing faculty and academic counselors will work closely with you to advise you on the courses needed to complete the nursing curriculum. You will take some pre-requisite courses during the fall of your first year before applying to the BSN program in the spring semester of your first year.

    Degree Awarded

    Students who complete the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    The University of St. Thomas offers a variety of options and opportunities for financial aid and scholarships. Explore our resources for undergraduate students.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    The proposed pre-licensure BSN program is a traditional four-year undergraduate major program that consists of 58 required nursing credits along with 35 credits in supporting courses such as biology, chemistry, psychology, math, statistics and other liberal studies courses.

    Through the coursework, you will develop knowledge and skills in assessment and diagnostics to develop, implement and evaluate plans of care and nursing interventions to care for the whole-person. You’ll learn how to make clinical judgments based on the principles and practices of evidence-based nursing practice. And you’ll learn to provide socially just nursing grounded in diversity, equity and inclusion to advance the common good.

    Proposed Four-Year Plan

    Proposed Four-Year Plan

    The proposed BSN program follows a relatively rigorous curriculum plan. Nursing faculty and academic counselors will work closely with you to advise you on the courses needed to complete the nursing curriculum. You will take some pre-requisite courses during the fall of your first year before applying to the BSN program in the spring semester of your first year.

    Degree Awarded

    Degree Awarded

    Students who complete the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    The University of St. Thomas offers a variety of options and opportunities for financial aid and scholarships. Explore our resources for undergraduate students.

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    Gain real-world experience

    Clinical Placement Opportunities

    You will complete clinical placement to gain real-world experience in areas of nursing practice such as health promotion, acute care, pediatrics, obstetrics, public health and psychiatric/mental health. Our clinical placement specialist coordinates placements in these important areas of practice.

    Meet the Director

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    Dr. Martha Scheckel

    Dr. Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN, joined the University of St. Thomas from the College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior at Viterbo University in Wisconsin, where she served as dean. Dr. Scheckel is a community and public health nursing expert. In her previous role, she provided academic leadership for mental health counseling, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work and criminal justice. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, including 17 years of nursing practice experience predominantly in community and public health settings. She is leading the development of St. Thomas’s first nursing programs.

    School of Nursing Staff

    Accreditation

    The program has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

    The School of Nursing will seek accreditation for the proposed BSN from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). St. Thomas is seeking to ensure that the first graduating class will graduate from a CCNE-accredited program.