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Proposed B.S. in Nursing

Saint Mary’s proposed new bachelor of science in nursing program gives you the chance to launch a career as a registered nurse* — one of the most in-demand and growing careers in the country.

Nursing at Saint Mary's University will provide you a strong, student-centered education, a hallmark of a Saint Mary’s education. You will graduate with your B.S. in Nursing well-prepared for your career as a health professional through in-depth study of scientific principles, an evidence-based approach, and a focus on critical thinking and decision making.

Understanding your individual needs and goals is our focus at Saint Mary’s. Our faculty are accessible and supportive, and are here for you. A small cohort class — 40 students per year — provides a strong community and avenues for significant interaction and support.

Nursing is critical to the health and well-being of our communities. Saint Mary’s proposed B.S. in Nursing — founded on the Lasallian Catholic principles of equity, respect for all individuals, and empathy — will ensure you have the technical and leadership skills you need to make a lasting impact.

Career Options

Choosing to become a registered nurse* provides an amazing range of job opportunities and offers a career that will work for you throughout every stage of your life as you balance personal and career objectives going forward. Opportunities range from delivering care in hospitals, clinics, practitioner offices, home health care, community health, and schools. Some with a B.S. in Nursing work as nursing educators, in pharmaceutical companies, as traveling nurses, as nursing administrators, or as clinical researchers.

Health Sciences - Nursing Strength

“Nurses are always in need, and Saint Mary’s is a fantastic place to select for a healthcare career. I found that Saint Mary’s has a great dedication to their students, determined to get them to their end goal, making sure they are successful and supported.”

~ Casi Short, M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia '20, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The Curriculum

The proposed B.S. in Nursing program will be challenging but well-paced, with plenty of support available. In addition to successfully completing general education requirements, which help you develop the multi-disciplinary skills you will need in life and in your career, your nursing coursework covers key subjects, including:

  • Pharmacology
  • Ethics
  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Nursing research
  • Leadership and management
  • Integrative health care
  • Community health assessment
  • Healthcare information management

Your learning will be put into practice in a clinical placement in your junior and senior years of study. We have strong partnerships with excellent health care providers and systems, from small and rural to larger urban settings, that will provide invaluable practical exposure and experience to jump start your nursing career.

Questions about the curriculum?

Contact Sister Agnes Mary Graves, RSM, director and inaugural Jack and Mary Ann Remick Chair of nursing, at

Inaugural Admission Requirements

This highly-competitive program is for incoming first-year students. To be considered for admission, you must:

  1. Complete the online Saint Mary’s application or the Common Application and include nursing as your area of interest.
  2. Provide a letter of recommendation from a mentor or adviser who knows you well and can speak to your character and moral grounding. This should not be provided by a family member. Examples include a coach, a teacher, or an adviser. This letter should be sent directly to the Saint Mary’s University Admission Office by the recommender.
  3. Submit a résumé that highlights your healthcare experiences, shadowing, volunteer work, and leadership activities.
  4. Submit an essay addressing the following: Please share with us why you want to be a nurse. In doing so, please give consideration to the topic of empathy as an important quality or attribute for nurses. Why do you think empathy is important to your chosen profession? What experiences have you had where you have shown or been shown empathy, and how has it shaped your perspective on this? Your essay should be between 500-750 words in length.
  5. Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher at the time of application. To hold one’s place in the cohort for the fall 2021 semester, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 or higher on your final transcript.
  6. Have completed at least one year of algebra with a passing grade.

Approvals and Licensure

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Saint Mary’s is seeking approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing for its proposed B.S. in Nursing program. Approval from the board is not guaranteed and the program cannot start until approval is received. Board approval of the proposed program is required to be eligible for professional nursing licensure as a registered nurse in Minnesota.

*Saint Mary’s is currently working to verify nursing licensing requirements in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. At this time, the university has made no determination whether the proposed B.S. in Nursing program will meet educational requirements for professional nursing licensure in any state or U.S. territory outside of Minnesota.

Please visit Saint Mary’s Professional Licensure Disclosures and Resources for further updates. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.


Sr. Agnes Mary Graves, RSM

Director and Inaugural Jack and Mary Ann Remick Chair of Nursing

Campus Box: # 63

Sr. Agnes Mary Graves