Graduate Nursing Programs

Achieve the highest level of nursing education.

Achieve the highest level of nursing education.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) have a distinguished, 40-year tradition of preparing strong, professional nurse leaders for contemporary nursing practice. Our graduate nursing programs are designed to prepare registered nurses for advanced roles in health care. Each of our programs offers the academic rigor and preparedness we're known for, in a hybrid format that fits your life. Our programs are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and Minnesota Board of Nursing; CCNE accreditation is pending.


Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed clinical placements
  • Electives for specialty practice areas
  • Eligibility to become board certified and licensed as a family nurse practitioner
  • Eligibility to become certified as a Nurse Educator and/or Nurse Executive
  • One-to-one mentorship for DNP project
  • Hybrid format, with 2-3 in-person visits to campus per semester
  • State-of-the-art classrooms that simulate real world patient needs and clinical settings
  • Leadership students eligible to sit for the AONL Executive Leadership Certificate and NLN Nurse Education Certificate
  • Discounted tuition available for CSB and SJU alums and CentraCare employees

4+1 BSN-MSN Program

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree are in high demand. At CSB and SJU, we offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which includes clinical practice, in addition to courses that emphasize leadership and diversity. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to take your Minnesota boards and begin a registered nurse role in a specialty area of your choice.

Elite seniors in our undergraduate program can complete a year of graduate work before finishing their undergraduate degree.


Hear what works

As a working professional RN, the thought of moving forward and advancing your career carries huge potential … and valid concerns.

The College of Saint Benedict, in partnership with Saint John’s University, has created practical programs that deliver all that potential – and confront those concerns head-on. Learn more.


Next Steps

Application Information

Program Outcomes

Outcomes, Accreditation, Licensure

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Frequently Asked Questions, Student Handbook

Student Resources

Program Accreditation and Regulation

The Department of Nursing adheres to the expectations of program accreditation and regulation. Programs are reviewed on a regular schedule (annually and every 5 or 10 years upon accreditation renewal).

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) serves as the regional accreditor to CSB and SJU. HLC reviewed and approved the graduate programs in nursing on July 16, 2021.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at the College of Saint Benedict in partnership with Saint John’s University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

CCNE Accredited

Board Approved

The College of Saint Benedict Bachelor’s to DNP with APRN concentration degree program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is CNEA/CCNE accreditation pending.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Peterson
Chair, Nursing Department Graduate Programs
CSB Main 457

[email protected]