B.S. in Nursing

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Saint Mary’s newest 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.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program

The undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program is a freshman-entry program for incoming first-year students. All applicants must speak with an admission counselor prior to submitting their application.

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • Online Application to Saint Mary’s University OR The Common Application
    • Indicate Nursing as your area of interest
  • Transcripts
    • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Completed Advanced Algebra with a C or better
  • Nursing Google Form-Short Answer Questions
    • Healthcare experience (Certified Nurse Assistant, caregiver, volunteer, shadowing)
    • Community service
    • Leadership activities
    • Why do you want to be a nurse?
    • Why is empathy an important quality for nurses?
    • Describe an experience where you showed empathy or were shown empathy. How has that experience shaped your perspective?

The ideal candidate for the nursing program will have a strong academic record in math and science, experience in a healthcare setting*, and an interior motivation to care for others with compassion and empathy through the nurse-patient relationship.

* Healthcare experience (Certified Nurse Assistant, caregiver, volunteer, shadowing)

Once accepted into Saint Mary's University, your application will be assessed by the Nursing Admission Committee.

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 BSN 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 BSN — 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 BSN 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

Questions about the curriculum?

Contact Sister Agnes Mary Graves, RSM, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FCP director and inaugural Jack and Mary Ann Remick Chair of nursing, at agraves@smumn.edu.

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 received approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on June 3, 2021. Board approval of the program is required for graduates 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 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, D.N.P.

Director and Inaugural Jack and Mary Ann Remick Chair of Nursing


Aquinas Hall, AH 140A

Campus Box: # 46

(507) 457-7447


Sr. Agnes Mary Graves D.N.P.