Your Degree Plan



Your Degree Plan

RNBS square woman cap_0.pngFinish your ​B.S. at St. Kate's — the leadership advantage

Healthcare systems, leaders in the nursing profession, and the Institute of Medicine have called on more nurses to complete their bachelor's and become leaders in improving patient care.

That's where St. Kate's nurses come in. Through courses in RN-BS Degree Completion at St. Catherine University, you'll:

  • Be prepared to lead and influence initiatives to improve patient outcomes
  • Develop skills to work across cultures and in teams
  • Build meaningful relationships — you'll be supported and mentored
  • Increase your ability to implement evidence-based practice
  • Ground your work in ethics, social justice and liberal arts learning
  • Prepare to advance in a current or new position, pursue graduate study and advanced practice

After finishing your B.S. in Nursing, you can progress into St. Kate's master's programs (nurse practitioner, nurse educator) and the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

How long will it take you to finish your B.S. in Nursing?

St. Kate's will make the most of your previous college and work experience so you can move smoothly toward a timely — and affordable — completion of your bachelor's degree in nursing:  

  • Upper-level courses for your Nursing major can be completed in 10-12 months. Most students start a semester or two (or more) before to take liberal arts and supporting courses. How long you'll spend taking liberal arts courses depends on how much previous college experience you have. 
  • If you have completed credits beyond your associate nursing degree, you can finish the program in as few as 1-2 years.
  • If you have completed only an associate degree, the program can be completed in 2 or more years.   

Choose your learning format:  "Hybrid" (Combining face-to-face meetings with online learning) or Online.  Find out more about learning formats and course scheduling »

Advance into the next phase of your nursing career. Contact your admission counselor to determine how your previous college credits will transfer in and to create your degree plan.

Your degree plan


Begin by transferring in as many as 100 credits from your associate degree in nursing and other previous college coursework, as approved. You'll take required liberal arts courses, courses to complete your nursing major, and elective credits (as needed) to accumulate the total (130) required for your bachelor's degree.

Contact your admission counselorfor an "unofficial" transfer evaluation. She can help you understand which previous credits will likely transfer in, how close you are to your bachelor's, and your degree completion timeline.


You'll need to have 82 credits completed, including a statistics course, before starting nursing courses. You may get started on liberal arts courses in fall, spring or summer.

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (4 cr.)
  • Global Search for Justice (4 cr.)

May be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college:

  • Theology — Christian based (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) 
  • Biomedical Ethics (4 cr.)
  • One additional course among the following: history, fine arts, literature, second language, global cultures (4 cr.)

If you need more credits to gain the 130 required for the bachelor's degree, you may also complete:

  • A professional portfolio (4-10 cr.). Earn credit for learning gained in nursing and life.
  • As needed, electives in communications, healthcare economics, foreign language and more.


You may start the 22-credit nursing sequence in fall or spring.  To get started, you must have: 

  • Completed at least 82 semester credits in total, including statistics and CORE 2000:The Reflective Practitioner (or take CORE 2000 with your first nursing courses)
  • Some nursing work experience, and passed the NCLEX-RN exam — you must possess and maintain an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.

You'll take the following upper-level nursing courses, one concentrated course at a time:

  • Empirical Foundations (4 cr.)
  • Professional Nursing: Theories, Concepts and Practice (4 cr.)
  • Introduction to Public Health Nursing (3 cr.)
  • Population-Based Nursing Practice (4 cr.)
  • Leadership and Systems Change (4 cr.)
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Management (3 cr.)

You may begin the nursing course sequence fall semester (starts in September), and be done the following summer.  Or, begin in spring semester (starts in February) and finish one year later.  See our course scheduling page for details.

If you've already earned a bachelor's degree ...

Some students come into St. Kate's RN-BS Degree Completion having already completed a bachelor's degree (without a nursing major) and an associate nursing degree. If this applies to you, you'll be considered a "second degree" RN-BS Degree Completion student.  Second degree students take courses listed below.

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • One-year sequence of upper-level nursing courses, listed above (22 cr.)
  • The Reflective Practitioner/Global Search for Justice (4 cr.) — combined course

Additional liberal arts courses (may be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college):

  • Theology — Christian based (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) — must be taken before nursing course sequence
  • Biomedical ethics (4 cr.)

Upper-level nursing courses (22 credits — listed above) 

  • To start nursing courses, second-degree students must have completed the statistics course requirement, as well as all but two of the liberal arts courses listed above.