School of Nursing

Nursing

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School of Nursing

Nursing


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

128-129 credits

required for program

Available blended only

PSEO/Early college online classes

128-129 credits

128-129 credits

required for program

Available blended only

PSEO/Early college online classes

The mission of the UNW School of Nursing is to equip students to grow both intellectually and spiritually so they can effectively serve in the nursing profession. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting students academically and spiritually throughout the program. The School of Nursing desires to provide a Christ-centered, biblically-based, and service-focused nursing education with a focus on biblical studies, liberal arts, and the sciences.

Why study nursing at Northwestern?

The University of Northwestern’s School of Nursing values both physical and spiritual care, building a foundation for viewing each patient as a whole person. Students are required to take an intentional training on how to put their faith into practice, learning how to share their beliefs with their patience with permission.

After earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you will be able to:

  • Implement interprofessional collaborative practices that are imperative in creating a positive work environment.
  • Provide ministry and service while meeting the healthcare needs of diverse populations.
  • Complete the licensure examination, known as NCLEX-RN® successfully.
  • Grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ as you “live life together’ with others in your classes and clinicals.
  • Develop a ministry mindset toward healthcare as you acquire the skills of nursing.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:3-5

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Careers in nursing

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in nursing.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Ambulatory care
  • Home health care
  • Emergency nursing
  • Travel nursing
  • Forensic nursing
  • Telehealth nursing
  • Government policy development
  • Teaching/community health education
  • Insurance screening
  • Medical-Surgical nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Nurse practitioner/midwifery (additional training required)
  • Anesthesiology (additional training required)
  • Government research
  • Personal services contracting
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Hospice nursing
  • Labor and delivery nursing
  • Military nursing
  • Missionary nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Public health nursing
  • School nursing

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Hospitals
  • Military bases
  • Clinics and medical centers
  • Summer camps
  • Home health agencies
  • Physicians’ offices and medical groups
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • National or international government agencies
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • State and local health departments
  • Psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Birth centers
  • Private homes
  • Senior centers

Strategies for success:

  • All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure. Investigate individual state requirements if planning to relocate.
  • The list of occupations above is not exhaustive. Discovernursing.com provides a more detailed list of nursing specialties.
  • Many opportunities outside of traditional nursing exist for RN’s who want to work in non-clinical roles. Research the skills, experiences, and degrees necessary to attain these positions.
  • Shadow nurses in different settings to learn which ones hold the most appeal.
  • Develop patience, the ability to work with both patients and families for long periods of time, and good listening skills.
  • Learn to work effectively with people from different cultures, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Work or volunteer in healthcare and medical settings during summers and breaks.
  • Join relevant professional associations and plan to attend continuing education programs.
  • Earn a master’s degree to prepare for advanced practice nursing, including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration. Earn a doctoral degree for research or teaching at a university
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Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

94.63%

First-Time Success Rate of NCLEX-RN® Candidates (average of past 5 years)

100%

of nursing students employed within 6 months of graduation

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