Program of study
In this accelerated program, students become eligible to take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) examination and begin careers as registered nurses (RN). As a rigorous, graduate-level program from St. Catherine University, students also prepare to advance rapidly, assume leadership positions, and acquire professional expertise in the practice of nursing.
In the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry-Level, a "cohort" of students proceeds together through the program of study. Students begin each Spring Semester (begins early February) and complete the program just over two years later.
Students experience a broad and deep preparation for the nursing profession. The program blends classroom experiences on St. Kate's St. Paul campus and some online components, with lab and clinical experiences integrated throughout the program. The curriculum is designed to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. Students develop graduate-level competencies in clinical leadership, evidence-based practice, team work and communication, healthcare economics and politics, and healthcare informatics.
Course schedules are tentatively planned for Mondays, Thursday evenings, and every other Saturday. Courses may require additional weekday commitments. Students are expected to reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive program of study.