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B.S. in Nursing


Are you a registered nurse (or soon-to-be one) looking to advance your professional role in today’s diverse healthcare field? If so, the B.S. in Nursing degree completion program is designed for you. This program will expand your current clinical knowledge while placing a strong emphasis on the science of nursing.

The program focuses on critical thinking and evidence-based nursing practices. Courses combine a scientific approach with an ethical, patient-centered approach, preparing you to work in diverse settings. In addition, the program includes courses designed to prepare you for leadership roles in nursing.

Program Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program at Saint Mary’s provides a quality, relevant, and rigorous nursing education based on Lasallian principles to prepare Registered Nurses for professional nursing practice and graduate study.

Program Goals

Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism, personal integrity, responsibility, and compassion. A shared sense of responsibility exists between the faculty and the student to reach the goal of becoming a baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse.

  • Synthesize concepts from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences into professional practice;
  • Advance critical thinking skills;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Demonstrate professionalism;
  • Continue to learn throughout their careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply concepts from federal, state, and institutional healthcare policy and regulatory systems to ensure the advancement of safe patient care and professional practice.
    (Essentials V)
  2. Apply scientific and outcome-based evidence to nursing practice.
    (Essential III)
  3. Incorporate the concepts from the sciences of information management and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient care.
    (Essential IV)
  4. Utilize critical thinking to integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into professional nursing practice.
    (Essential II)
  5. Apply principles of health promotion and wellness to diverse individuals, groups, and communities as they are identified through community health assessment techniques.
    (Essential VII)
  6. Integrate professional values including integrity, autonomy, human dignity, and social justice into all aspects of professional nursing practice.
    (Essential VIII)
  7. Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members to optimize healthcare system efficiency and patient wellness.
    (Essential VI)
  8. Apply nursing process, knowledge, and skills to changes in population demographics, healthcare economics, and service delivery across the lifespan and healthcare continuum.
    (Essential IX)


The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036,
(202) 887-6791.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Nursing at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. To graduate with a bachelor of science degree, a minimum of 122 total credits is required. All students must meet the general education credit requirements.

Required Nursing Courses
24 cr.
Required Human Services Courses
6 cr.
Required Communication Course
3 cr.
Required Capstone Course
3 cr.
36 cr.

Program Director

Merri L. Moody APRN, CRNA, M.S.

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