Students

Academic Plan

In the RN-BS Completion option, St. Kate's recognizes your previous educational and clinical work and takes it to the next level. Learning builds directly on your nursing experience.

In a ten-month sequence of upper-level nursing courses, as well as in core liberal arts courses, you will expand your capacity for critical and creative inquiry, communication, collaboration and compassionate care. You'll build your awareness of diversity, global perspectives, ethics and social justice, spirituality and leadership.

Transfer your credits

Begin by transferring in as many as 100 credits from your associate degree in nursing and other previous college coursework, as approved. To accumulate remaining credits required (to get to a total of 130) for the bachelor of science degree, you'll take the following:

Required courses

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (4 cr.)
  • Global Search for Justice (4 cr.)

May be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college:

  • Theology (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) — must be taken before nursing course sequence
  • Biomedical Ethics (4 cr.)
  • One additional course among the following: history, fine arts, literature, second language, global cultures (4 cr.)

All but eight credits outside of the nursing major (liberal arts and elective courses) must be completed before starting upper-level nursing courses.

one-year sequence of upper-level nursing courses (22 cr.)

  • Fall (1st half semester): Empirical Foundations (4 cr.)
  • Fall (2nd half semester): Professional Nursing: Theories, Concepts and Practice (4 cr.)
  • January: Introduction to Public Health Nursing (3 cr.)
  • Spring (1st half semester): Population-Based Nursing Practice (4 cr.)
  • Spring (2nd half semester): Leadership and Systems Change (4 cr.)
  • Summer Session I: Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Management (3 cr.)

Additional credits (portfolio and electives), as needed

If you need more credits to gain the 130 required for the bachelor's degree, you may also complete:

  • A professional portfolio (4-10 cr.). Document, reflect on and earn credit for learning gained in nursing and life.
  • As needed, electives in communications, healthcare economics, integrative therapies, foreign language and more.

Requirements for "second degree" students

If you've previously earned a bachelor's (without a nursing major) and an associate nursing degree, you'll pursue this program as a "second degree" student and take the following:

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • One-year sequence of upper-level nursing courses, listed above (22 cr.)
  • The Reflective Practitioner/Global Search for Justice (4 cr.) — combined course

May be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college:

  • Theology (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) — must be taken before nursing course sequence
  • Biomedical ethics (4 cr.)

Note: The requirements listed above apply to students starting the Nursing sequence in Fall 2013 or later. If you are beginning the Nursing sequence in Fall 2012, The Reflective Practitioner/Global Search for Justice and Theology requirements do not apply.