Students socialize in the student center
The Minneapolis Student Center provides space for students at all levels to gather and foster community.

Why St. Catherine?

St. Kate’s offers you opportunities to earn a degree or certificate in a number of healthcare areas. Our associate and certificate programs in the College for Applied and Continuing Learning prepare you to practice highly marketable technical and professional skills.

As you build your expertise and leadership, St. Kate’s programs and faculty members are here to prepare and mentor you through an exciting career in healthcare. The breadth of our programs may open your eyes to careers you hadn’t considered — such as phlebotomy, occupational therapy, radiography or sonography.

The liberal arts

Associate-degree students’ top reasons to choose St. Kate’s
  • Education for your chosen profession
  • Academic excellence
  • Small campus community-like learning environment
  • Resources for financial aid
  • Academic support
  • Emphasis on social justice
  • History of women-centered education
  • Learning with older, “nontraditional” students
  • Learning with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Values-based learning
  • Support for multicultural students
  • Services for students who are parents

Why does a healthcare professional need to read literature and study art? Because the liberal arts are foundational for a well-rounded education. You’ll leave St. Kate’s not only technically skilled, but also professionally equipped to make ethical decisions, to understand people of many cultures, ages and religions, and to communicate clearly and think critically on the job — and in the rest of your life. In short, you’ll be educated.

The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health provides a home for St. Catherine's 21 healthcare programs, spanning healthcare certificates to doctoral degrees. The School's focus is interdisciplinary, relationship centered and community based. The School partners with regional and national partners to meet urgent health, healthcare and workforce challenges that face our nation and the world. For more information about the School, visit the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health website.

Our Catholic tradition

St. Kate’s excellent healthcare education is grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the 150-year tradition in healthcare of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded the College of St. Catherine more than a century ago as a liberal arts college for women.

At St. Kate’s we embrace differences in faith, race, age and economic circumstances, and we offer you the support of small classes and personalized attention from our approachable, well-educated faculty. The Catholic intellectual tradition emphasizes living your values, accessibility to education for all, improving lives in our communities and providing a welcoming, nurturing learning environment.

If you wish to apply to an associate healthcare or certificate program, you do so through the College for Applied and Continuing Learning. Read more about how to apply.