College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Become a registered nurse (RN) — in a learning environment that embraces multicultural and social justice perspectives on health and healing.

Program Details

Classes meet: Daytime, evenings, and weekends

Time to completion: 21 months

Credits for major: 50

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $445

Start Pre-Nursing courses: Fall, spring, or summer

Start the Nursing major: Fall and (beginning in 2021) spring

Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid.

Explore the courses

A Highly-Regarded Nursing Program Designed for Busy Adults

This program blends rigorous clinical nursing education with holistic healing practices. You’ll learn about multicultural healing perspectives alongside Western medicine and focus on care of the whole person, family, and community — an approach increasingly valued by healthcare employers and patients.

Courses for this program meet in a "hybrid" format, combining evening and weekend class meetings on St. Kate's St. Paul campus with online learning. You’ll also participate in hands-on clinical experiences at leading Twin Cities-area hospitals, clinics and care facilities. Clinical experiences take place on weekdays, evenings, or weekends at regional hospitals and clinics.

In addition to the College for Adults BSN program, which is open to women and men, St. Kate’s offers two other options for students seeking to become registered nurses: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing offered weekdays in the College for Women and a Master of Science in Nursing: Entry-Level for women and men who have completed bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines and are seeking to make a career change into nursing.

After finishing your BSN at St. Kate's, you can continue on in a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and dual-degree options.

Applying for Admission

To be eligible for the BSN degree, students must complete the following steps.

  1. Apply to become a pre-nursing student in the College for Adults to take prerequisite and other courses required for the BSN degree. You'll seek admission as a bachelor's degree-seeking student, indicating Nursing as your preferred major on your application for admission.

  2. Enroll in the required prerequisite courses, some of which are only offered at St. Catherine University.

  3. Complete a second application to start the nursing major in the fall. (Beginning in 2021, students will also have the option of starting in spring.) Please note — a limited number of spaces are available.

Apply online to start the pre-nursing option in fall, spring or summer.

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Careers in Nursing

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program from St. Kate's College for Adults will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam and begin careers as registered nurses in:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Hospices
  • Community agencies
  • School systems
Program Accreditation

Our nursing programs — baccalaureate, master’s, and doctor of nursing practice — are accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). Admission is open to women and men.

Important Essential Abilities

For successful admission and continuance in St. Catherine University’s prelicensure nursing programs, a specific set of essential cognitive, sensory, communication, psychomotor, and behavioral/ emotional/spiritual health abilities are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Read the full requirements.

Please review full accreditation and outcome data information