The course work is offered in six consecutive semesters. Students are active learners in a dynamic applied-learning environment. Students progress through the nursing curriculum as a cohort. The curriculum builds on students’ liberal arts backgrounds and provides a firm foundation in inter-professional team collaboration.
Acceptance to the major
Students apply for admission to the nursing major in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The deadline for submission of the application will be October 15 with notification the first week in January. Students will be considered for admission to the nursing major in two groups.
- Students who begin at St. Kate’s fall 2014 or later as first-year students are guaranteed admission into the nursing major provided they have a 3.0 or higher prerequisite and cumulative GPA, have a TEAS test result that is proficient or higher, and have completed 32 semester credits prior to NURS 2900. Students who exceed these minimum requirements are more likely to ensure their success as a nursing student in this highly challenging program. First-year students must also complete requirements 2-9 under the Application Eligibility Criteria below.
- Students who transfer to St. Kate’s will be offered admission into the nursing major contingent upon the number of positions available. Transfer students must meet the minimum 3.0 prerequisite and cumulative GPA requirement, and have a TEAS test result that is proficient or higher. Transfer students must also complete requirements 2-9 under the Application Eligibility Criteria below. Applications will be rank ordered by prerequisite GPA and TEAS results in the event that there are more students who are qualified than there are spots available.
Application eligibility criteria:
- Prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- TEAS result of proficient or higher.
- Successful completion (C or above) of six pre-requisite courses including INDI 1030 and INDI 1040.
- Successful completion of 32 semesters credits prior to taking NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice.
- Successful completion (C or above) of NURS 2900 and pre-requisite courses taken fall semester.
- No prerequisite or co-requisite course may be taken “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.” If a prerequisite or co-requisite course grade is C- or lower, this course (or an alternative course approved by the department chairperson or undergraduate program coordinator) must be repeated no more than once. Students may have only one withdrawal (W) in a prerequisite or co-requisite course. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course. If the student receives two or more prerequisite or co-requisite course grades of W or C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.
- Certification as a nursing assistant (CNA).
- Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Must complete the Health Care Provider level class that is valid for two years.
- Current immunizations in accordance with St. Catherine University requirements.
Bachelor's degree with a major in nursing
The program is available to women who wish to earn an undergraduate degree in nursing. Students must complete all the requirements for the degree, including 50 credits in nursing, 56 credits in prerequisite and supporting classes, the liberal arts core and writing proficiency. See the courses page.
Second bachelor's degree with a major in nursing
Women with an undergraduate degree may receive a second degree in nursing. Students must complete all degree requirements as specified above for a first degree.