School of Nursing


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School of 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 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.

Why study nursing at Northwestern?

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 and (NCLEX-RN pass rates were analyzed going back to the most recent years of data available up to 5 years).

UNW Nursing Pathways

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.

What will you learn?

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.

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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/
  • 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. 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)


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


of nursing students employed within 6 months of graduation

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