Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Becoming a registered nurse

Through the MSN: Entry-Level option, you'll become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and prepare for a career as a registered nurse (you'll also be eligible for certification as a public health nurse). 

Nurses will continue to be among the professions in greatest demand in Minnesota and nationally. Long-term career prospects and earnings potential are well above average.

Entry-level nursing master's programs are a relatively new feature in the "pre-licensure" nursing education landscape, traditionally served by undergraduate nursing degree programs.  Like undergraduate programs, entry-level master's prepares students to take the same NCLEX examination for entry into careers as registered nurses. But leading healthcare employers are noticing a difference — master's-prepared nurses are gaining a reputation for high levels of clinical excellence, critical thinking, communication and leadership potential. They are valued for their diverse life and educational experiences and the rigor of their graduate-level education.

See AACN data on hiring trends for entry-level master's in nursing graduates.

St. Kate's nurses are in demand

With a St. Catherine University nursing degree, you'll get an extra edge. You'll have a recognized credential from a highly respected university, with an unmatched regional reputation for breadth, depth and excellence in nursing education. The MSN: Entry-Level option, from the University's Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, is backed by more than 100 years of experience in nursing education, a faculty with strong connections to the field, and an unparalleled range of nursing programs — undergraduate, master's and doctoral.

What do leading healthcare employers see in St. Kate's nurses? They see nurse leaders who apply clinical excellence, critical thinking, superior teamwork and communication skills, caring and compassion to improve the lives of the patients they serve.

Prepare for leadership and advancement

The MSN: Entry-Level option prepares nurse leaders. After completing the program, you'll be ready for what's next in healthcare and in your career. You'll be eligible to apply for graduate programs leading to advanced preparation as a nurse practitioner or other advanced practice registered nurse, or a nurse educator or nurse leadership graduate program and, perhaps, advance into the doctor of nursing practice degree program.