Available blended only
required for program
Available blended only
PSEO/Early college online classes
The philosophy of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program has been framed by the concepts of the nursing paradigm, ministry and service, and by beliefs about a sovereign God within a biblically-based Christian Worldview. The BSN program provides a strong foundation in biblical studies, liberal arts, and the sciences.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in multiple settings, including the home, church, community, and the world. There is a need everywhere for skilled nurses to provide quality care to patients. In Northwestern’s nursing program, you will learn the skills needed for the licensure examination, known as NCLEX-RN®, while adopting a ministry mindset toward healthcare.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and is ranked #1 in Minnesota by RegisteredNursing.org and NursingProcess.org (NCLEX-RN pass rates were analyzed going back to the most recent years of data available up to 5 years).
We offer two paths within the nursing program: the accelerated path and the traditional path. Both paths have the same content and a mix of traditional, transfer, and post-baccalaureate students. Each path provides excellent student support and an engaged student-faculty community.
We also offer transcultural learning opportunities to fully prepare you with the skills and abilities required in meeting the healthcare needs of diverse populations. Our small classes allow you to learn from Christian nurses working in the healthcare field as they encourage you to engage with patients on a deeper level.
With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving healthcare industries.
If you have a strong academic background coupled with compassion, are strong and courageous, and can see yourself ministering to people in need through a career in healthcare, this might be the right degree for you.
You will gain the skills and abilities of a professional nurse generalist. You will participate in interprofessional collaborative practice, providing ministry and service in meeting the healthcare needs of diverse populations.
The School of Nursing has developed ten Graduate Competencies that are threaded throughout the nursing curriculum—progressing from awareness, recognition, and beginning application, to application and performance, to proficiency. The competencies are guided by the curricular framework, program, term, course, and clinical outcomes.
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 2022 (Monday following commencement)||August 2022 (Same week as campus)|
|End Date:||September 30, 2023||May 2024 (Day before commencement)|
|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 including countries like Zambia, Jamaica, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Ecuador, and Ukraine. Attendance on this trip is a requirement of the course.
When are applications accepted?
We accept applications year-round. However, to ensure there’s still spots available, we suggest applications be submitted no later than 3 months prior to the start of the program.
Where can I find the application?
The School of Nursing application is available through SLATE, our admissions system. Please contact admissions for more information.
How do I know if I've met the prerequisites?
You will upload your transcripts to admissions 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.
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?
All courses will be reviewed and courses that transfer will be listed on your Degree Audit.
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 will look at the first score. However, an applicant can petition for an exemption to the ‘first score’ rule if there were extenuating circumstances that affected the score.
How soon will I find out if I’m accepted after my interview?
You’ll be sent an email with the committee’s decision approximately 3-4 weeks 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?
Do all the pre-requisites 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 will the schedule be?
This depends on the term. In determining the schedule, we ask our clinical partners when they would like our students to come. Once we are given that information, we plan our courses, lab time, etc. around the clinical hours. Typically, there are no overnight or weekend hours in Term 1 & 2. Terms 3 & 4 will have hours on different days and weeks, depending on the clinical site.
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].
Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
First-Time Success Rate of NCLEX-RN® Candidates (average of past 5 years)
of nursing students employed within 6 months of graduation