The College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica was founded in 1912 by a group of Benedictine Sisters, in the Catholic Benedictine tradition.  The college was founded to provide education to a small group of young women, and has now served over 14,000 students.  The only independent private college in northeastern Minnesota, The College of St. Scholastica has been recognized by both

The Washington Post and U.S News and World Report for being among the best institutions.  Students can choose from six schools to pursue their education, School of Arts and Letters, School of Business and Technology, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Sciences.  The College of St. Scholastica is so confident in its academic programs that it guarantees students who follow simple guidelines will graduate in four years or study subsequent years for free.

Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelor of science in nursing degree program, additional healthcare related programs
  • Campus-based baccalaureate through doctoral programs offered with flexible scheduling
  • Awards financial aid to over 98% of qualifying students

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

The nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica embraces the values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning, all of which are steeped in their Benedictine tradition.  The program is shaped by the Benedictine heritage, and focuses on nursing as a holistic profession, in which compassion and care of the healthcare provider are equally important with skill.  The program focuses on nursing as providing care to the whole person-the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual welfare of persons.  Though only one online degree program is offered, additional programs offer flexible scheduling including late afternoon, evening and weekend classes.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing

The online Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science degree program (RN to BS) is offered to registered nurses with either a diploma or associate’s degree.  Students pursuing the RN to BS program will be fulfilling the increasing demand for nurses with higher educational qualifications through the convenience of a program delivered completely online.  Courses in the program include:

  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Holistic Assessment in Nursing
  • RN/BS Nursing Portfolio
  • Basic Statistics for Professional Nursing Practice

Duration and Cost

The course requires 128 credits for the degree, some of which may be transferred from previous documented study or through challenge exams.  Course tuition is $395 per credit, and does not include books or other required fees.

Previous students have noted the caring attitude of their professors at The College of St. Scholastica as a contributing factor to their success.

Things to consider:

  • Nurses must have three to six months experience as a registered nurse
  • Nurses who enter the program must hold state licensure and be eligible for licensure in Minnesota
  • Students will earn a BS and not a BSN degree


The baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811