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Nursing Major

CSB/SJU offers a four-year bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing. We are proud of our 40 year tradition of preparing strong professional nurse leaders for contemporary nursing practice within a Catholic/Benedictine liberal arts setting. Faculty are deeply committed to excellence in student learning, teaching, service, and scholarship. 


Overview of Program

The Nursing Major:

  • The curriculum is structured around the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education.
  • Students are expected to integrate the liberal arts and sciences in holistic care for people of all ages, families, and communities.
  • Admission to the major occurs after the first year. The program involves 2 semesters of prerequisite coursework and 6 semesters in the nursing major.
  • We offer an Early Admission Program for High School Seniors with an ACT composite score of 27 or above.

Program Highlights

  • The baccalaureate program at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791. The program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (2009).
  • Pass rates on the national licensing exam (NCLEX) customarily exceed national pass rates for baccalaureate graduates.  94% of CSB/SJU nursing graduates successfully passed this exam in 2015.
  • In December 2015, the nursing department completed a 2.5 million dollar renovation of the simulation lab and classrooms. This renovation allows nursing faculty to utilize state-of-the-art technology to enhance student learning and prepares students to practice in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
  • A senior-level intensive capstone provides an excellent forum for entry to practice; every nursing course integrates liberal learning concepts and Catholic principles/Benedictine values.
  • All students will complete a cultural immersion experience either locally or internationally in places such as Belize, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.
  • Students participate in the Minnesota Student Nurse Association (MSNA) and also have opportunities on campus for professional development such as resume/interview workshops and a student mentorship program.
  • Nursing Club maintains an active program of service and fundraising including participation in the arthritis walk, on-campus recycling, and a highway clean-up program.
  • The Nursing Department is active in Sigma Theta Tau International, a renowned honor society emphasizing leadership and scholarship in nursing.