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2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program 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 and 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 natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences into professional practice.
  • Advance critical thinking skills.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Continue to learn throughout their careers.

Program Faculty Outcomes

The B.S. in Nursing faculty outcomes articulate teaching and professional/scholarly/service requirements aligned with the university and program missions.

Nursing faculty members are expected to do the following:

  • Encourage diversity of thought and experience in teaching.
  • Demonstrate current knowledge in the subject area taught.
  • Develop effective teaching plans and assessments and updated and innovative classroom experiences.
  • Maintain an area of expertise through continuing education, community service, and/or research production.
  • Participate in program faculty meetings and faculty development workshops.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesize knowledge from liberal education with professional nursing (BSN Essential I)
  2. Apply concepts from federal, state, and institutional healthcare policy and regulatory systems to ensure the advancement of safe patient care and professional practice. (BSN Essential V)
  3. Apply scientific and evidence-based practice models to nursing practice. (BSN Essential III)
  4. Incorporate the concepts from the sciences of information management and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient care. (BSN Essential IV)
  5. Use critical thinking to integrate quality assurance allocation, and financial management policies into basic and systems leadership. (BSN Essential II)
  6. Apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention to diverse individuals, groups, and communities as necessary to improve population health. (BSN Essential VII)
  7. Integrate professional values including integrity, autonomy, human dignity, and social justice into all aspects of professional nursing practice. (BSN Essential VIII)
  8. Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members to optimize healthcare system efficiency and improve patient outcomes. (BSN Essential VI)
  9. Apply nursing process, knowledge, and skills to changes in population demographics, healthcare economics, and service across the lifespan and the increasingly complicated healthcare continuum. (BSN Essential IX)


Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008)
Standards Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (CCNE, 2013)

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered fully online.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 122 credits is required for graduation with a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Nursing.

Required Nursing Courses 24 cr.
Required Healthcare Management Courses 3 cr.
Required Communication Courses 6 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework.  All applicants must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 in their associates Degree in Nursing program, have taken a basic English composition course, and have an unencumbered registered nurse licensure.  Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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