College of St. Scholastica Nursing Program Review

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) was founded by a group of the catholic identity sisters; sisters of Benedictine. It was initially a women only university but later evolved to a co-ed centre offering courses to both men and women. The college is located in Duluth, Minnesota where its mains campus is but has other satellite campuses at Rochester, St. Paul, St Cloud and Brainerd. It neighbors the nearby Lake Superior and has a serene learning environment set on 186 acres of land.

School of Nursing

Twenty years after its founding, the College of Saint Scholastica started their first baccalaureate nursing programs which run for five years. Since then on, the colleges has designed and seek approval and accreditation of master and doctoral degrees in addition to variations of the Bachelor of Science in nursing. The programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

BS Nursing

This is a nursing program that leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science degree with a nursing major. The curriculum is delivered on a full time basis and students are expected to complete a minimum of 117 credits. It prepares nurse on holistic nursing practice approach and strictly adheres to the Catholic/Benedictine setting in curriculum delivery. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as registered nurses.

RN to BS online

The program is specially designed to cater for the advancing education needs of already registered nurses. In this case, it is a bachelor’s completion program that takes in associate or diploma prepared registered nurses. The most appealing aspect of this program is that it is offered exclusively online. This gives adult learners a chance for them to continue with their education without giving-up their jobs or families. Completion leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

Post Baccalaureate Nursing

The College of St. Scholastica welcomes interested students who hold non nursing degrees to start their path into professional nursing.  There are two tracks which students can take towards their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. On the first track, students take a full time day study from the main campus in Duluth and students must study in cohorts. On the second option, students can study on hybrid online and face to face instruction where the classroom instructions are taken at St. Clouds Campus grounds. Classes are accelerated and run to about 15 to 16 months for both tracks. On this note, students are advised to give-up their day jobs due to the fast pace

Master of Science in Nursing

The college of nursing has six nursing specialties at master level for students to choose from. They all require BSN-prepared nurses and mainly target students who are from underserved and rural areas on N. Minnesota.  All the programs have options of part time or full time study formats hence, are quite flexible. Most classes are offered during weekends, evenings or on a full day/per week format while some selected courses are taught online.  Students can take 2 to 7 seven years depending on the learning mode chosen. Tracks are:

·         Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

·         Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Program

·         Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist

·         Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program

·         Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Family Program

·         Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Adult Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The program welcomes both BSN and Master prepared students who are intrested in evidence based advanced nursing practice in all the master level tracks above (for the BSN candidates). The program is offered online and students only visit campus on a few occasions. The BS to DNP is has more campsus visits as comapred to the Post-masters option.

College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth,
MN 55811