Nursing (MSN): Entry-Level

Nursing: Entry-Level

Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

St. Kate’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry-Level option is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and want to make the transition into the nursing profession. Our students are committed to innovation, ethical leadership, and social justice.

Program Details

Format: Primarily weekend and evening classes; some daytime commitments. While the schedule offers some flexibility, students should reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive program of study.

Completion time: 26 months

Credits: 57

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $886

Start: Spring

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Sample plan of study


Each new Nursing Entry-Level student will be considered for up to $5,000 in funding from these scholarship programs: Leadership in Nursing, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement.

Students employed by St. Kate’s corporate partners also receive a scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%. Students are also eligible to apply for loan and grant programs.

Transition to a Fulfilling Nursing Career

Master's-prepared nurses are gaining a reputation for high levels of clinical excellence, critical thinking, communication, and leadership potential. They are valued for their diverse life and educational experiences and the rigor of their graduate-level education. Our nursing entry-level graduates advance rapidly, assume leadership positions, and acquire professional expertise in the practice of nursing.

The MSN: Entry-Level curriculum prepares nurses to lead change and advance healthcare. You’ll develop graduate-level competencies in clinical leadership, evidence-based practice, teamwork, and communication, healthcare economics and politics, and healthcare informatics.

Our students find success in a variety of practice settings across the healthcare continuum.

Leadership courses prepare you for the transition to practice, and you’ll work closely with a practicing nurse. During the final year of study, you’ll gain experience with global health issues by immersion in another country or local community agencies that serve individuals from diverse and global backgrounds.

Nursing Entry Level students in sim lab
Careers in Nursing

Leading healthcare employers consider St. Kate’s-prepared nurses to be leaders who apply clinical excellence, critical thinking, superior teamwork and communication skills, caring, and compassion to improve the lives of the patients they serve.

Nursing will continue to be among the professions in greatest demand in Minnesota and nationally, considering that long-term career prospects and earnings potential are well above average. Review the AACN data on hiring trends for MSN: Entry-Level graduates.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN Accredited
Program Accreditation

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

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