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Nursing (NURS)

Program Options: A.S., BA., B.S., M.A., D.N.P

The Department of Nursing at St. Catherine University educates students in associate, baccalaureate and graduate programs to be leaders. The Department of Nursing fosters learning through caring relationships and interdisciplinary collaboration, is committed to the centrality of the liberal arts, and celebrates and reflects the diversity of our society.

As reflected in our mission statement, the Department of Nursing believes educating leaders in nursing involves fundamental commitments that encompass liberal arts, ethics, access, diversity, excellence, and relationships: L-E-A-D-E-R. These fundamental commitments are based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, contemporary nursing knowledge, and professional and academic standards and culminate in our commitment to students. Students are the reason we exist and the inspiration for our teaching, scholarship, and service as nursing faculty.

The profession of nursing needs leaders who engage with intention, act with justice, and serve with compassion. The Department of Nursing at St. Catherine University educates students who are prepared to lead together in nursing, healthcare, and society now and into the future.

To facilitate your progression from one degree level to the next and to support lifelong learning, the faculty have designed curricula in the associate, baccalaureate and graduate programs around the same six curricular "threads:" phenomena of nursing, critical thinking, communication, systems, role and therapeutic nursing interventions.

Upon completion of either the associate or baccalaureate program you are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be a registered nurse (R.N.) and practice nursing in a variety of settings with patients and clients of all ages in need of nursing care. The associate and baccalaureate programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and all programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404)975-5000, FAX: (404)975-5020, www.nlnac.org .

Associate degree program graduates are eligible to apply to RN baccalaureate programs. Baccalaureate graduates are eligible to apply for public health certification and graduate programs in nursing.

If you are interested in the associate degree program, contact the Admissions Office on the Minneapolis campus at 651-690-7800. If you are interested in the baccalaureate day section, contact the Admissions Office on the St. Paul campus at 651-690-8850. If you are interested in the weekend/evening section (RNs only), contact the RN-BS Degree Completion Admissions Office at 651-690-6542. If you are interested in the graduate programs (adult-geriatric nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse educator, entry level master's degree, and post-masters in nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice), contact Graduate Admissions at 651-690-6868.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM

The associate degree program, located on the University's Minneapolis campus, is offered in four semesters. Students enter the day section in the fall semester and the evening/weekend section in spring semester. A mobility section (licensed practical nurse only) curriculum is offered in the evening/weekend format and begins in fall semester and is completed after the following fall semester. While the curricular outcomes are the same for all three sections, the mobility curriculum is built on competencies attained through licensed practical nursing education. Evaluation of curricular outcomes is assessed through several quantitative and qualitative measures.

The curriculum integrates the liberal arts background of the student and the values of a humanistic approach to the practice of professional nursing. Clinical experiences are provided using healthcare centers, long-term care agencies and other facilities. Graduates are prepared to be safe, effective, professional general practitioners, to function as responsible members of the nursing profession and to continue formal education at the baccalaureate level.

ADMISSION TO THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM: GENERAL INFORMATION

All nursing candidates must submit the nursing major application materials by the specified deadline in order to be considered for admission.  Candidates can obtain the application materials from the Office of the Registrar. 

ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR:

After admission to the University, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible to submit the application to be considered for admission to the associate degree nursing program.

  • Status as an active associate degree pre-nursing student taking courses at the University at the time of application to the nursing major
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses (C or above), with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5.  No prerequisite courses may be taken S/U. If a prerequisite course grade is C- or lower, this course may be repeated no more than once. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated course. If three or more prerequisite courses are C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or above (calculated on all courses including failed courses, completed within the last ten years). Students who are ineligible for the nursing major because of their cumulative GPA may be reconsidered on an individual basis by petitioning to the Nursing Admission Committee.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.): active status on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. C.N.A. documentation must be provided at the time of application to major, showing proof that the student is active and in good standing.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

The following courses must be completed prior to entering the pre-nursing program with a minimum grade of C.

  • Chemistry - (one year of high school or one semester of college level)*
  • BIOL 2400 General Anatomy and Physiology*
  • BIOL 2410 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology*
  • Foundation course work completed with a C or better; all students will take the COMPASS test as a pre-nursing student to determine if foundation (FNDN) course work is required.

The following courses may be in progress at the time of application. A minimum grade of C is required.

  • BIOL 2450 Applied Microbiology*
  • ENGL 1100 Composition
  • HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology*
  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology

*These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the pre-nursing program.

Major Requirements:

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Nursing program courses:
NURS 1050 Introduction to Pharmacology
NURS 1150 Care of Individuals with Chronic Health Alterations
NURS 1350 Care of Individuals with Common, Non-Complex Acute and Chronic Health Alterations
NURS 1550 Care of Individuals and Families across the Lifespan
NURS 1750 Care of Individuals with Common, Unstable Chronic and Acute Health Alterations
NURS 2830 Care of Persons with Mental Health Issues
NURS 2840 Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute, Unstable, Complex Medical/Surgical Conditions
NURS 2850 Care of Individuals Experiencing High Acuity Complex Conditions

Required supporting courses (minimum grade of C required):
BIOL 2400 General Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2410 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2450 Applied Microbiology*
ENGL 1100 Composition
PHIL 2000 Ethical Problems in Healthcare
PSYC 1000 General Psychology
PSYC 2020 Lifespan Developmental Psychology*

*These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

Additional liberal arts and sciences requirements:
ART elective
CIL 1500 or 1400
ENGL literature elective**
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change
SSCS elective
THEO elective
Demonstration of math competency (or MATH 1000 with grade of C or better)

**The nursing program requires a writing-based literature elective.

ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR  -- LPN-RN MOBILITY SECTION:

The mobility section is offered for the licensed practical nurse (LPN) who desires to pursue an associate degree in nursing during the evening/weekend class schedule. With advanced placement credit, you can complete the nursing course work in one year. Obtaining the associate degree may take longer than one year depending on the number of liberal arts and science credits you have completed toward graduation before beginning the nursing courses. You must meet the 40 credits-in-residence requirement for graduation.

After admission to the University, you must meet the following requirements to b eligible to submit the application to be considered for admission to the LPN-RN Mobility Nursing Program.

  • Graduated from an accredited LPN program
  • Current LPN license
  • Current work experience or a minimum of six months clinical experience in a healthcare setting (or its equivalent) in the past three years
  • Employment reference from a healthcare provider
  • A passing score on the NLN Acceleration Challenge Exams in Nursing Care: Medical-Surgical
  • Status as an active associate degree pre-mobility nursing student taking courses at the University at the time of application to the nursing major.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses (C or above), with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5.  No prerequisite courses may be taken S/U. If a prerequisite course grade is C- or lower, this course may be repeated no more than once. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated course. If three or more prerequisite courses are C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or above (calculated on all courses including failed courses, completed within the last ten years). Students who are ineligible for the nursing major because of their cumulative GPA may be reconsidered on an individual basis by petitioning to the Nursing Admission Committee.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check

The following courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the pre-nursing program with a minimum grade of C.

  • Chemistry - (one year of high school or one semester of college level)
  • BIOL 2400 General Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 2410 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundation course work completed with a C or better; all students will take the COMPASS test as a pre-nursing student to determine if foundation (FNDN) course work is required.

The following courses must have either been completed no more than five years prior to entering the pre-nursing program or be in progress at the time of application. A minimum grade of C is required.

  • BIOL 2450 Applied Microbiology
  • HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology
  • MATH 1000 Medical Dosage Calculations*
  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology

*Medical Dosage Calculations must be taken at St. Kate's the semester before applying to the major and cannot be transferred from another institution.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Twelve advanced placement credits in nursing will be awarded to students accepted into the Mobility Program.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - MOBILITY SECTION

Nursing program courses (this assumes that advanced placement was awarded for 12 credits of nursing courses):

Students starting the nursing sequence Spring 2013:
NURS 1260 Health and Nursing Assessment for Students in Transition
NURS 2250 The Nursing Role and Variations in Health I for Students in Transition
NURS 2550 Variations in Health II for Students in Transition
NURS 2800 Transition to the Professional Role
NURS 2810 Management of Complex and Multiple Clients

Students starting the nursing sequence Spring 2014:
NURS 1984 Topics: Transitioning to the Professional Nursing Role for LPN Mobility Students
NURS 2830 Care of Persons with Mental Health Issues
NURS 2840 Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute, Unstable, Complex Medical/Surgical Conditions
NURS 2850 Care of Individuals Experiencing High Acuity Complex Conditions

Required supporting courses (minimum grade of C required):
BIOL 2400 General Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2410 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2450 Applied Microbiology*
ENGL 1100 Composition
PHIL 2000 Ethical Problems in Healthcare
PSYC 1000 General Psychology
PSYC 2020 Lifespan Developmental Psychology*

*These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

Additional liberal arts and sciences requirements:
ART elective
CIL 1500 or 1400
ENGL literature elective**
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change
SSCS elective
THEO elective
Demonstration of math competency (or MATH 1000 with grade of C or better)

**The nursing program requires a writing-based literature elective.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

The College for Women's upper-division nursing major, located on the St. Paul campus, is offered in the day section only. The College for Applied and Continuing Learning offers an evening/weekend section for registered nurses only. While the curricular outcomes are the same for both sections, the evening/weekend curriculum is built on competencies attained through associate degree nursing education. Evaluation of curricular outcomes is assessed through several quantitative and qualitative measures.

The curriculum builds on the liberal arts background of the student and the values of a humanistic approach to the practice of professional nursing. Clinical experiences are provided using healthcare centers, community agencies and other facilities. Graduates are prepared to be safe, effective, professional general practitioners, to function as responsible members of the nursing profession and to continue formal education through advanced study.

ADMISSION TO THE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM: GENERAL INFORMATION

All nursing candidates students must submit the nursing major application materials by a specified deadline in order to be considered for admission. Candidates should contact the Nursing Department at 651-690-6585 to receive application information.

ADMISSION TO THE DAY SECTION

Students apply for admission to the nursing major in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The deadline for submission of the application will be October 1 with notification by November 1. Application materials are submitted concurrently with enrollment in the NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice course. Students will be considered for admission to the nursing major in three groups.

1. Students who begin at St. Kate’s fall 2012 or later as first-year students are guaranteed admission into the nursing major provided they have 3.0 or higher prerequisite and cumulative GPA, and have completed 16 semester credits prior to taking the two 2-credit interdisciplinary health and human services courses. First-year students must also complete requirements 2–7 under the standard application eligibility criteria below.

2. Students who transfer to St. Kate’s will be offered admission into the nursing major contingent upon the number of positions available. Transfer students with 3.0 prerequisite and cumulative GPA will be given first consideration. Transfer students must also complete requirements 2–7 under the standard application eligibility criteria below. Applications will be rank ordered by prerequisite and cumulative GPA.

3. First-year and transfer students with prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 will be considered contingent upon the number of positions available and upon meeting the requirements under the standard application eligibility criteria below. Priority will be given in this group based on GPA and number of credits taken at St. Catherine University.

Standard application eligibility criteria:

1. Prerequisite and cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

2. Successful completion (C or above) of two lab science/statistics and two social science prerequisites

3. Successful completion of 32 semester credits prior to taking NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

4. No prerequisite course may be taken “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.” If a prerequisite course grade is C- or lower, this course (or an alternative course approved by the department chairperson or undergraduate program director) must be repeated no more than once. Students may have only one withdrawal (W) in a prerequisite course. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in the repeated or substituted course. If the student receives two or more prerequisite course grades of W or C- or lower, the student is ineligible for the nursing major.

5. Successful completion (C or above) of INDI 1030 Health and Human Services Career Exploration and INDI 1040 Introduction to Health and Human Services Professions

6. Work or volunteer experience in a health-related field

7. Certification as a nursing assistant (CNA)

8. Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

9. Current immunizations

Application process

Nursing candidate students must submit nursing major application materials in order to be considered for admission including:

• Application for Clinical Year form
• Transcripts of all post-secondary education
• Essay
• Two references

Maintaining eligibility

1. Successful completion of 48 semester credits by the end of fall semester sophomore year, including completion of three lab science prerequisites. Prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher, cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Successful completion of prerequisite courses (see No. 4 under application criteria for details).

2. Successful completion of 64 semester credits to begin junior year of major. Prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher, cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Successful completion of prerequisit e cours es (see No. 4 under application criteria fo r details).

NURSING MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: DAY SECTION            

NURS 2910 Nursing Care of Families
NURS 3281 Pathophysiology
NURS 3282 Applied Pathophysiology
NURS 3291 Nursing Interventions I
NURS 3292 Nursing Interventions II
NURS 3800 Application of Theory in Nursing Practice I
NURS 3810 Application of Theory in Nursing Practice II
NURS 4010 Nursing Care of Complex Patients (6 cr)
NURS 4020 Complex Patient Care across the Continuum
NURS 4200 Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice (8 cr)

Prerequisite courses*:
BIOL 2510, 2520 Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
BIOL 2200 Introduction to Microbiology 
CHEM 1010 General Chemistry for Health Sciences, or CHEM 1110 and 1120 General Chemistry I and II
FSNU 3000 Nutrition
INDI 1030 Healthcare Teams: Roles and Responsibilities (2 cr)
INDI 1040 Healthcare Teams and Quality Outcomes (2 cr)
INDI 2800 Aging: Opportunities and Challenges
MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis, or PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology, or ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
NURS 2900 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
PSYC 1001 General Psychology with Lab
SOCI 1000 Principles and Concepts of Sociology, or SOCI 2300 Sociology of Health and Medicine, or SOCI 3250 Cultural Anthropology, or ECON 1120 Economics of Social Issues

Required supporting courses:
INDI 3150 Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professional
INDI Research
PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics or THEO 2200 Christian Ethics
PSYC 3010 Abnormal Psychology

*Students apply to the nursing major October 1st. The prerequisite GPA used for decision making is based on the prerequisite courses completed at the time of application. Students admitted to the nursing major in October must complete the remaining prerequisites and maintain the minimum required GPA to maintain eligibility. (See the Nursing Department's Nursing Program Planning Sheet for details.)

Nursing majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors in course assignments throughout the baccalaureate curriculum, rather than in a single course. You complete the Liberal Arts and Science Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990 and any other writing-intensive course in another department).

ADMISSION TO THE RN TO BS DEGREE COMPLETION SECTION

The RN-BS Degree Completion section is for registered nurses only. In order to begin upper-division courses in the nursing major, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Minimum grade of C in all nursing courses

2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (calculated on all courses, including failed courses, completed within the past 10 years). Students ineligible for the nursing major because of GPA or nursing course grades may be reconsidered on an individual basis by petitioning to the Baccalaureate Program Committee on Students.

3. Completion of 100 semester credits with no more than eight credits of core liberal arts or elective credits remaining

4. Previous work experience as a registered nurse (RN) or be currently employed as an RN

Other requirements to be fulfilled prior to entering the nursing major include the following:
1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
2. Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure in Minnesota
3. Current immunizations

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Required courses:
NURS 3910 Empirical Foundations
NURS 3920 Professional Nursing: Theories, Concepts and Practice*
NURS 3930 Population-based Nursing Practice I (3 cr)*
NURS 4110 Population-based Nursing Practice II*
NURS 4120 Leadership and Systems Change*
NURS 4130 Evidence-based Practice and Outcome  Management (3 cr)*
*Indicates a course with a practicum requirement. The courses are offered on weekday evenings with practicum requiring additional weekday time.

Supporting courses:
PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics
MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis, or PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology, or ECON 2200 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences, or ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making

SCHOOL NURSING CERTIFICATION
In addition to the prerequisite, supporting and major course work, the following courses are strongly recommended: EDUC 2070 Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society and a first aid course.

PUBLIC HEALTH CERTIFICATION
Coordinate with Nursing Department.