A three-year plan
Most students complete St. Catherine University associate degrees in three years, with one year or more in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS or “generals”) courses followed by two years of major courses. Because spaces are limited in major courses, students taking their LAS courses at St. Kate’s are given priority for spaces in major courses.
Certificate programs may be completed in 1–3 semesters or more.
Most classes in our associate programs meet on weekdays, but several programs offer flexible scheduling options. Classes for the health information specialist, coding specialist, and nursing mobility (LPN-to-RN) program meet during the evenings and the associate nursing program offers both weekday and options.
Classes meet on St. Kate’s Minneapolis campus and are offered during fall semester (September–December) and winter semester (February–May), with some summer courses.
Clinical time commitments
St. Kate’s associate programs require significant, hands-on clinical experiences at area hospitals, clinics and other facilities. Clinicals, which require significant time commitments at different times during the week, may take place at hospitals or clinics across the Twin Cities area.
Balancing other commitments
Many St. Kate’s associate students have significant outside commitments — family, work and other responsibilities — but our students also recognize that the associate programs at St. Kate’s are highly demanding.
Students usually find it difficult to work full-time while pursuing an associate degree or certificate, especially after entering the clinical phase of a program.