Nursing

Department Chair: Rachelle Larsen

Faculty: Lindsay Anderson, Jodi Berndt, Carie Braun, Gary Gillitzer, Vicky Grove, Georgia Hogenson, Carrie Hoover, Charles Kalkman, Nicole Lang, Rachelle Larsen, Nichole Laudenbach, Mary Neisen, Janet Neuwirth, Kathleen Ohman, Jennifer Peterson, LuAnn Reif, Julie Strelow, Erica Timko Olson, Bethany Tollefson

The department of nursing offers a four-year program which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The goal of the nursing program is to prepare liberally educated women and men as professional nurses who can function in a variety of health care settings and for graduate study in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who have been convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor may be ineligible for licensure by the Board of Nursing and early in their course of study should seek clarification of their status.

Students must meet the functional abilities for safe nursing practice including: fine and gross motor coordination, physical endurance and strength, mobility, intact senses, reading and arithmetic competence, emotional stability, critical and analytical thinking and interpersonal/communication skills. For representative examples of each, see the nursing department webpage.

Students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are eligible for membership in Sigma Theta Tau-Kappa Phi Chapter, the international honor society of nursing. Faculty nominate nursing students for membership in the Kappa Phi chapter based on superior academic achievement. An active student nursing club encourages student involvement in professional and social activities.

Assessment

Continuous improvement of student learning requires conscientious, regular student and faculty participation in assessment and evaluation activities. Periodically, nursing majors’ academic achievement will be assessed using nationally standardized and classroom-based exams, scoring rubrics and performance demonstrations. Some, but not all, assessment activities are also included as part of course grades. Individual data will be given directly to the student; students should seek consultation from their instructor and/or advisor if they have concerns about individual performance. Only group data will be used for department reports.

Major (60 credits)

Please refer to the Nursing Department website for the most current information.

Required Courses
Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 212; CHEM 125; NUTR 125; PSYC 111; NRSG 220.
Nursing Courses: NRSG 240, 201, 211, 255, 301, 311, 341, 302, 342, 303, 343, 355, 356, 395.
Corequisites: BIOL 325, BIOL 326, PSYC 360, ETHS 390A Healthcare Ethics, Probability and Statistics.

Application to the Major:
Pre-nursing students seeking admission to the major should contact the nursing department as early as possible. Application materials are available on the department webpage and are due May 1 of the first year upon completion of prerequisite courses.

Criteria for application to the major:

  • Complete prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Obtain a minimum prerequisite-course grade point average of 2.75.
  • Submit the Intent to Apply to the Major form.
  • Obtain a current physical examination and health clearance, including required immunizations and tuberculin testing.
  • Provide proof of current CPR for the healthcare professional.
  • Achieve ability to provide direct care through a criminal background study clearance.

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic achievement as evidenced by prerequisite-course GPA. Students with a minimum 2.75 prerequisite course grade point average are eligible to apply but are not guaranteed admission. Entry into the nursing major is competitive and class size is limited.

Retention in the major:

  • Retention in the major is contingent upon compliance with academic policies stated in the Academic Catalog, and Department of Nursing Student Handbook; all are available on-line.
  • The nursing department retains in the major only those students who demonstrate the academic achievement and professional characteristics needed to function as a registered nurse

Special Requirements:

  • All students admitted to the major are required to have liability insurance through the college and provide their own transportation for clinical experiences. In many cases this means that the student must have individual access to a vehicle. 
  • See also Application to the Major.
  • Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a criminal background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in this program.

Minor (None)

Courses (NRSG)