Undergrad Catalog

Healthcare Sales (SALE)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

St. Kate's is the only university in the country with a sales program that integrates the critical-thinking and problem-solving focus of a broad-based liberal arts education with professional sales preparation. Our innovative healthcare sales major stands as one of only a handful in the country. The program combines St. Kate's long-time strengths in healthcare, business and science with an outstanding liberal arts education to prepare you for careers in pharmaceutical, medical product, medical device and other healthcare-related sales. We partnered with industry-leading companies to design the healthcare sales curriculum. The program introduces you to the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace and provides you with sales and leadership strategies, enabling you to effectively transfer knowledge from the lab to physicians and their patients. As a healthcare sales professional, you will help healthcare providers improve the quality of life for their patients, introduce new products, technologies and applications and often help push the treatment envelope to include more effective options.

You can capitalize on the many emerging opportunities for women in the sales profession. The St. Kate's sales program will prepare you to become a knowledgeable, ethical professional in a rewarding career. Starting salaries in the low to mid five-figure range are common, and experienced sales people often reach incomes in the low six figures, depending on their experience level and the types of products they sell. Studies show that more CEOs of U.S. corporations come from sales, marketing and finance than from any other areas of the company.

In addition to the healthcare sales baccalaureate degree, St. Kate's offers a healthcare sales certificate in our Evening/Weekend/Online Program, which allows men and women an opportunity to develop credentials in the field of healthcare sales. The certificate requires completion of 18 credits. The certificate is an excellent start on the path to becoming a healthcare sales professional or a helpful career transition tool.

Common Aspects of All Business Majors
As a healthcare sales major at St. Kate's, you will benefit from a comprehensive business education that draws on exceptional faculty from academia and business, attracts outstanding students from around the country and world, weaves a focus on ethics into every course, provides introductions to leading corporations, potential employers and women role models and mentors, uses cutting-edge technology to enrich your studies and prepare you for the workforce, and prepares you to succeed in the private, government or nonprofit sectors.

You will benefit from a great number of outstanding women role models and an excellent curriculum to help you reach your career goals. Full-time professors and practicing professionals provide just the right balance of the theoretical and the applied. You will not only become familiar with business theory and practice, but you will also learn how to become a successful businesswoman.

Faculty will work with you during your four years at St. Kate's to develop your business portfolio. This will feature your accomplishments and is a requirement of graduation for students in the Business Administration Department. Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum, and faculty will work with you as you learn to perform online research and prepare computer-based presentations. You will learn to integrate technology into your solutions for business problems.

St. Kate's students frequently receive statewide recognition and scholarships through such organizations as Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society, and Financial Executives International. St. Kate's also has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the national business fraternity, which offers practical business experience and connections with business executives along with opportunities to network with students from other colleges and universities. 

St. Kate's Career Development Department has a mentoring program which matches you up with successful alumnae in your field of interest who will provide links with other professionals and career advice. Many students also participate in internships during their junior and senior years. Internships will allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspectives and make valuable professional connections. Also, executives regularly appear as guest speakers and are mentors to students. Many are St. Kate's alumnae.

More than 60 companies and organizations visit campus to meet students, share information about their companies and recruit potential interns and employees at the annual St. Kate's Career Opportunities Fair. St. Kate's hosts the largest annual on-campus job fair of any Minnesota private college or university. Workshops prepare you on résumé writing, researching companies and interviewing. Many St. Kate's students also attend the Minnesota Private College Job Fair, Accounting and Auditing Student Conference and Government Job Fair. These events are excellent opportunities to connect with potential employers. 

See also: Business Administration: Marketing and Management, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, International Business and Economics, Healthcare Management, Accounting

Major Requirements:

SALE 2330 Introduction to Selling (2 cr)
SALE 3330 Professional Sales: Customer Centered Selling
SALE 3430 Customer Intelligence and Effective Communication
SALE 3530 Selling in Healthcare
SALE 3630 Ethics and Integrity in Selling (2 cr)
SALE 4430 Advanced Sales: Strategic Account Management
SALE 4630 Sales Force Leadership
BUSI 3650 Business Law
BUSI 4752 Business Practicum (2 cr)
BUSI 4800 Business Portfolio (0 cr)
MKTG 4300 Advanced Marketing

Required supporting courses:
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
BIOL 2510 Human Anatomy or CHEM 1010 General Chemistry for Health Sciences
BIOL 2520 Human Physiology or BIOL 1120 (Evening/Weekend/Online Program Students)
BIOL 2650 Understanding Medical Research: Drugs, Devices and Complementary Therapies
COMM 1030 Speaking to Lead and Influence
ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making or ECON 2200 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences or MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis or PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology
ECON 2900 Topics in Healthcare Economics or ECON 2610 Microeconomics
INDI 2220 Medical Terminology (2 cr)
MKTG 2300 Principles of Marketing
PSYC 1001 General Psychology or SOCI 1000 Principles and Concepts of Sociology

Supporting work must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Healthcare sales majors can complete an economics minor with just three additional courses. ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 3350 Financial Markets and Institutions are recommended.

Recommended electives:
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
COMM 1020 Communication Dynamics in Personal Relationships
ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 3350 Financial Markets and Institutions
MGMT 3460 Managing a Diverse Workforce (also fulfills core CRST requirement)


All majors are required to complete a business portfolio. The portfolio is the vehicle that enables you to integrate the life skills and knowledge you bring with you and the knowledge, skills and values learned within the courses and field experiences throughout the program. This portfolio allows you to validate your experiences at St. Catherine University.

The portfolio is cumulative in nature; most aspects are completed as part of course work. You must present your portfolio to your advisor no later than September 30 if you will be a December graduate or February 15 if you will be a May graduate.

For specific portfolio (BUSI 4800) requirements, please refer to the Professional Portfolio Handbook. The portfolio is highly recommended for business minors.

Healthcare sales majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing SALE 4630. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).

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