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On a Mission to Improve the Human Condition

Saint Mary's Graduate School of Health and Human Services offers mission-driven education to meet the needs of the healthcare and human services industries.

Our instructors are practitioners who offer real world education in both the classroom and in their respective fields. Ethical practice with a focus on the individual is emphasized throughout each program.

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Instead of a transaction, our students experience a transformation. Many of our students have a lot of people who rely on them; at Saint Mary’s, it feels like someone has their back. Even if your last course was 15 years ago, we’ll recognize your experiences and look for ways to build on them, in a completely supportive community that gets you. We’ll be there as the goals you initially set are met, and we’ll help you work toward ones you never even imagined. Programs are offered at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus, Rochester Center, and other locations, as well as online.

Saint Mary’s University to break ground on Cascade Meadow expansion

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites the public to a groundbreaking for the expansion of its Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester. The event, planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, will be held at Cascade Meadow, located at 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester. Saint Mary’s University strives to […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s dedicates Science and Learning Center [video]

Saint Mary’s University junior biology major Bailey O’Hare joked that she’d make her speech short May 12 during the dedication ceremony for the new Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus. “Because I, like you, can’t wait to get inside,” she told the crowd of more than 400 people at the Winona Campus celebration. […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s to offer Healthcare and Human Services Management Degree in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is expanding its Bachelor of Science in Healthcare and Human Services Management program to St. Cloud. The university recognizes that healthcare is the fastest-growing U.S. employment sector and demand is at an all-time high for qualified health services managers. Classes will be held at St. Cloud […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic to collaborate for physician assistant program

Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School […] Read more ›

An educational journey to improve healthcare

As a child in Kenya, Gideon Nyakundi learned his ABCs by scrawling the letters in the sand using sticks. Pencils and books, he said, were luxuries only available to teachers. Never stifled by this humble beginning, Nyakundi will graduate Saturday, Jan. 14 with a B.S. in Healthcare and Human Services and Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. […] Read more ›

Caring for diverse populations

Sissy Yang M’16 first became interested in nursing as a young girl, when she served as a hospital translator for her grandparents. Yang saw first-hand the difficulties her grandparents from Laos experienced as a result of the language barrier with their caregivers. After high school, she pursued an undergraduate degree in nursing with a desire […] Read more ›
Mary Boyde M'16, executive director of sleep eye senior living campus, volunteers of america

Preparing for Minnesota’s aging population

In Minnesota, 60,000 people turn 65 every year. That means by 2030, the senior population will double, according to Face Aging MN. Are there sufficient care facilities and staff to care for this rapidly growing population?  For Mary Boyde, LNHA, M’16, executive director of Sleepy Eye Senior Living Campus, hiring staff is one of her […] Read more ›
M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia students use Olympus equipment in lab at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Forming partnerships to enhance student experience and opportunities

Students in the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota had the unique opportunity to work with state-of-the-art fiber-optic bronchoscopy equipment. The workshop was organized by St. Cloud Anesthesia Associates who coordinated with Olympus Corporation to provide the equipment, worth over $1 million. St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud Anesthesia Associates, and […] Read more ›
Carla Winder '16

Transforming passion into profession

Carla Winder is among the more than 300 adult learners who are transitioning from student to graduate during commencement ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. For Winder, earning a bachelor’s degree is about more than earning a diploma, it’s an opportunity to turn a longtime passion into […] Read more ›
M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia students use Olympus equipment in lab at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Nurse Anesthesia students handle modern medical equipment in lab

Students in the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota had the unique opportunity to work with state-of-the-art fiber-optic bronchoscopes and training mannequins from Olympus Corporation during a recent lab session. Because patients cannot breathe while unconscious, nurse anesthetists have the critical job of breathing for their patients during surgery, according […] Read more ›



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