RN–BS Degree Completion
- Advance in your current practice or learn the skills for a new position and secure your future.
- Earn the degree in a convenient hybrid of face-to-face and online coursework that fits your busy life.
- Transfer as many as 100 credits from your associate degree toward your bachelor of science degree.
- Prepare for one of St. Kate’s rigorous graduate nursing programs to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or doctor of nursing practice.
- Many public health and community health organizations require that RNs have a B.S. degree. The Institute of Medicine has set a goal for 80 percent of nurses to have B.S. degrees in nursing by 2020.
Earning a B.S. at St. Kate's
Are you a registered nurse with an associate degree who wants to advance your career? Women and men can earn a bachelor of science in nursing in St. Kate’s flexible Evening|Weekend|Online program and expand their career potential. St. Kate’s recognizes the needs of adult learners who have multiple responsibilities, including jobs and families. All of our Evening|Weekend|Online courses are offered in a combination of face-to-face and online coursework for your convenience. The nursing coursework can be completed in 10 to 12 months.
Being a St. Kate’s nurse is a distinction that is meaningful to employers. They know our coursework is grounded in ethics, leadership, and mindful practice. We are dedicated to serving our local communities and we partner with many community organizations to offer you experiences that can shape your future.
Advance Your Career and Your Life
Gain the confidence to take charge of your career. At St. Kate’s you increase your ability to implement evidence-based practice, expand into the practice of community or public health nursing, and develop leadership skills to lead collaborative, cross-disciplinary teams that improve systems.
For many nurses, earning a Bachelor of Science degree is a personal goal as well as a career goal. Our program is grounded in the liberal arts with a strong social justice mission. You gain insight and perspective on your individual strengths and ethics that you can apply to your work and your life.
After graduation, you may also apply to pursue an advanced degree at St. Kate’s to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or doctor of nursing practice.
Worried about writing a paper or taking a math or science class? Adults returning to college are often afraid they won’t succeed. We offer numerous resources to ensure you do, including the O’Neill Center for Academic Development (LINK), which offers tutors. Learn more about our resources for adult students by clicking the Support for Adult Students tab.
Program of Study
Having earned an associate degree, you are eligible to transfer as many as 100 semester credits, as well as additional college credits to St. Kate’s. You need a total of 130 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. Our 10- to 12-month RN to BS cohorts start in the fall and spring semesters. Learn just how flexible your schedule can be by clicking the Class Format and Meetings Schedule tab.
Uniquely St. Kate’s
St. Catherine University established the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health in 2007, and the University has been educating nurses for well over a century. In 2008 the School of Health received the University’s largest gift ever. As a result, the University already has increased the number of nursing students, expanded advanced practice nursing programs and primary health care programs, enhanced online learning tools and added state-of-the-art nursing laboratories.
Recognizing the growing weight of unmet healthcare needs in the United States, St. Catherine University leaders and Henrietta Schmoll School of Health faculty also have led initiatives to engage regional and national partners in helping to meet urgent challenges such as inadequate primary care, lack of access to healthcare and the need to prepare a well-educated, patient-centered healthcare work force. No wonder Twin Cities Business Magazine named the School of Health one of seven Healthcare Heroes — earning special mention under the community outreach category — in June 2009.
Approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The address and contact information for the ACEN is:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326