Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Nursing: Entry-Level

St. Catherine’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 a transition into the nursing profession. Our students are committed to innovation, ethical leadership and social justice.

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.

Program Details

  • Format: Primarily weekend and evening classes; some daytime commitments
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 57
  • Completion time: 26 months

what can I do with a degree in Nursing: Entry-Level?

With our MSN: Entry-Level option, graduates become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

Leading healthcare employers consider St. Catherine-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. Long-term career prospects and earnings potential are well above average. Review the AACN data on hiring trends for MSN: Entry-Level graduates.

how will I study?

St. Catherine’s 57-credit MSN: Entry-Level option can be completed in 26 months of year-round enrollment. Classes combine campus meetings in an evening/weekend format with online learning, as well as lab and clinical components; some may require weekday meetings. While the schedule offers some flexibility, students should reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive program of study.

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

Our students are placed in a variety of practice settings across the health care 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 gain experience with global health issues by immersion in another country or local community agencies that serve individuals from diverse and global backgrounds.

why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MSN: Entry-Level option is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 57-credit MSN: Entry-Level option is $886 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, clinical components, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MSN: Entry-Level program. Apply to start in Sp’20 to be considered for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership/Service

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Sp’20 application deadline.

Also, St. Catherine's MSN: Entry-Level students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

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.


ACEN Accredited

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MSN: Entry-Level Degree Requirements

MSN: Entry-Level Degree Requirements

The MSN degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MSN: Entry-Level option has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.



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