Nursing Science

About Nursing


Educate nurse leaders for the 21st century.


To educate caring nurse professionals committed to excellence, who will serve the health needs of diverse communities throughout Minnesota and the region.

Senior Capstone Experience

The final semester of the nursing curriculum includes a one month capstone experience, where students are immersed in active, integrated, applied and reflective learning. SCSU has partnered with clinical agencies throughout the state to create rich and diverse clinical learning experiences for our students.

General Program Information

Degree Information

The traditional nursing program requires 120 credits for graduation. Students complete 52 credits of prerequisite and general education courses and are admitted to the nursing major in the second semester of the sophomore year. Seventy-one of the credits are nursing courses taken over five semesters and organized into three levels. The baccalaureate program builds on the general education program that emphasizes the development of skills in communication, research methods, critical thinking, analyzing and synthesizing information.

The accelerated program is an intense 16-month option for students with baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than nursing. BIOL 367 and 368 are completed as preadmission courses. The program requires 65 credits in the nursing major. This option has been suspended indefinitely.

An emphasis is placed on basic holistic nursing concepts and skills, wellness promotion, advocacy, proficiency for effecting and improving the health care system, and capability to address the changing needs of clients, families, and communities. The curriculum is student-focused and integrates the art and science of critical thinking, communication, ethics, health promotion, caring alternative healing methods and cultural expertise.

The programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. A graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN) and is eligible to apply for public health nursing certification through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. A school nurse licensure may be obtained by completing additional teaching courses required by the Minnesota Department of Education.

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