Online & Hybrid Learning / Scheduling



Online & Hybrid Learning / Scheduling

St. Kate's knows nurses — and understands that working nurses need education delivered in flexible ways that fit their busy lives.  

Choose your format: "Hybrid"—or fully online

It all starts with giving you the flexibility to choose the learning format that makes the most sense for you:

  • A "hybrid" format, combining weekly face-to-face meetings with online interactions between meetings.  Face-to-face meetings take place on St. Kate's campus in St. Paul, or "on site" at Twin Cities-area partner hospitals.
  • A fully online format. In each course, you'll be part of a community of fellow online students.

Which format is right for you?  The choice is yours.  Some students prefer face-to-face connections. Others are more comfortable with technology and like the flexibility and independence of online learning. (A technology readiness survey is required for students in online sections.)

Enrollment eligibility: State of residency

Enrollment in the hybrid option is open to students residing in any state — but students must be able to attend face-to-face class meetings in the Twin Cities area.

At this time, individuals residing in certain states are not eligible for admission into the online option: Alabama, Arkansas and Wisconsin.  

Learn with a "cohort" of other nurses

When you're ready to start the 22-credit nursing course sequence, you'll join a learning "cohort"  — a close-knit, supportive group of fellow nurses who move through the one-year sequence with you. You'll also be known, mentored and coached by faculty members who guide you along the way.

Depending on which cohort you join, you may take your nursing courses on St. Catherine University's St. Paul campus, on location at one of St. Kate's partner hospitals or clinics, or online.

Starting dates, timelines, and meeting schedule

After you've completed enough liberal arts and prerequisite coursework (see our degree requirements page), you'll start the nursing course sequence. You may start the nursing course in September (fall semester) or February (spring semester).  If you start in September, you'll complete nursing courses in 10 months. If you start in February, you'll complete nursing courses in 12 months.

You'll take one focused course at a time. Hybrid courses meet one evening each week, with online learning between each classroom session. 

Fall start timeline:

  • Fall Session I (September-October)
  • Fall Session II, (November-December)
  • January term
  • Spring Session I (February-March)
  • Spring Session II (April-May)
  • Summer Session I (June)

Spring start timeline:

  • Spring Session I (February-March)
  • Spring Session II, (April-May)
  • Summer Session (June)
  • Fall Session I (September-October)
  • Fall Session II (November-December)
  • January term

Schedule for liberal arts courses: Evening|Weekend|Online

Most students enter the University prior to the nursing course sequence to take liberal arts courses — for a year or more, or for only one term. Your situation depends on how many liberal arts courses you need to complete and how many you choose to take at one time.

You'll also need to consider how to balance college with your work and life obligations. Because of the intensity of the first months of a nursing job, newly employed nurses often wait to begin the 22-credit Nursing sequence.

You'll select liberal arts courses from St. Kate's menu of Evening/Weekend/Online bachelor's courses. In fall and spring, you'll select from full-semester (15-week) and half-semester (7.5-week) courses. Learning continues in summer session and January term.

Learn more about scheduling for liberal arts and elective courses available through Evening|Weekend|Online at St. Kate's