Available blended only
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Available blended only
PSEO/Early College online classes
UNW Nursing Cohort 16 received a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX. This shows the excellence of our nursing program, faculty and staff, and the hard work of our students, as the NCLEX has been updated to the Next Generation NCLEX or NGN in April 2023. Congratulations to our graduates from the School of Nursing!
The University of Northwestern’s School of Nursing values both physical and spiritual care, for patients and families, building a foundation for viewing each patient as a whole person instead of simply treating a problem. Students are required to take an intentional training on how to put their faith into practice, learning how to share their beliefs with their patients with permission.
After earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you will be able to:
“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
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
What’s the difference between the traditional and accelerated paths?
The School of Nursing has one program and two paths. Both paths have a mix of post-bacc, transfer, and traditional students and are identical in content, ‘speed’ at which content is taught, etc. The two paths differ only in how the terms are laid out.
|Accelerated Path—Four terms in a row||Traditional Path—Summer terms off|
|Start Date:||May (Monday following commencement)||August (Same week as campus)|
|End Date:||September (of the following year)||May (four terms after start)|
|Term 1:||May through mid-August||End of August through mid-December|
|Term 2:||End of August through mid-December||January–May|
|Term 3:||January through May||End of August through mid-December|
|Term 4:||June through September||January through May|
Can students work while in the program?
Students are encouraged not to work because of full class loads, labs, clinicals, and studying. However, we recognize some students have to work. In these cases, we strongly suggest students find an employer who is flexible.
Do students need a car?
Students will need transportation to get to clinicals. It may be possible to ride with another student at times, depending on the clinical schedule.
Where do students go for clinical?
Our students go to a number of hospitals within the area: Fairview’s HealthEast System (Woodwinds & St Johns), Children’s Masonic Hospital; Children’s Hospital; Gillette; and a number of community agencies for mental health, community, etc. Students also go to Mayo and St. Cloud VA for clinicals and preceptorships.
Our program goes abroad for the transcultural course in Term 3. Here are the countries visited since 2014: Zambia, Jamaica, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Ecuador, Israel and Ukraine. Attendance on this trip is a requirement of the course.
When are applications for the School of Nursing accepted?
We accept applications up to two months prior to the start of the chosen path.
Where can I find the application?
The School of Nursing application is available through your admissions portal. Please contact admissions for more information.
How do I know if I've met the prerequisites?
You will upload your transcripts to your admissions portal during the UNW application process. Your transcripts will be reviewed and courses that transfer will be listed on your Degree Audit. The admissions department will contact you and let you know what courses transfer and what courses (both prerequisites and core curriculum) you need to take prior to starting the nursing program.
If I’m an LPN, do I still have to take all the nursing courses?
If I’ve already taken some of the nursing courses, will they transfer in?
Because our courses are built on each other from term to term, we typically don't accept nursing courses from other nursing programs. However, exceptions may be considered. Contact admissions for additional information.
How are applicants chosen?
The School of Nursing Admission & Progression Committee takes into consideration the following:
What score do I need to get on the TEAS?
65% or higher
Can I re-take the TEAS if my first score is less than 65%?
The committee looks at the score from the 1st attempt at the TEAS. An applicant can petition for an exemption to the ‘first score’ rule if there were extenuating circumstances that affected the score and re-take the TEAS.
How soon will I find out if I’m accepted after my interview?
An email will be sent through your admissions protal with the committee’s decision approximately one week after your interview.
I have an associate's degree; do I still have to fulfill all of the core curriculum and prerequisites?
What are the pre-requisites?
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the pre-requisites, there are core curriculum courses students will be required to take. These courses will be listed on the student's Degree Audit.
Do all the pre-requisites and core curriculum courses need to be completed before students apply?
Is the UNWSP School of Nursing an accredited program?
Yes, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
What does the schedule look like?
This depends on the term. In determining the schedule, we ask our clinical partners when it works for them to have our students present. Once we are given that information, our courses, lab time, etc. are planned around the clinical hours. Typically, there are no overnight or weekend hours in Term 1 & 2. Terms 3 & 4 will include some hours on the weekend and perhaps overnights during the student's preceptorship.
The nursing program at University of Northwestern did not just teach me the skills needed to get my nursing license. It encouraged me to adopt a mindset of ministry and service within the profession. The integration of science and theology in the classrooms promoted academic achievements as well as growth in my faith. The transcultural experience within the program equipped me with the skills to care for diverse populations. I am grateful to God for this amazing opportunity to study nursing at the University of Northwestern!
Being a nursing student at UNW has helped me to grow not only in my academics, but also in my collaboration and communication skills, and most importantly, my faith. My courses focus on the integration of science and faith, and my labs have taught me many skills that will be applicable in a clinical setting. I’ve also had the chance to get to know other students who will be in my cohort for the next few years!
I can proudly say that I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to be a part of such an awesome environment. The faculty and staff are such amazing people. The learning standard is very high, therefore we were pushed beyond our limit to possess the required skills and knowledge while in the program. I can say that it paid off pretty well considering the fact that our nursing program is ranked number 3 in the entire state of Minnesota [now ranked number 1].