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Program Overview

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Earn your B.S.N. from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to practice evidence-based nursing that can help you call upon even quicker critical-thinking skills in your patient-centered approach to care. Nurses who graduate from an RN-to-B.S.N. program could qualify for top nursing positions with salaries of up to 20% higher than RN-only colleagues.1 & 2

Our expert faculty members are practitioners dedicated to teaching you the advanced nursing techniques, technologies, and business skills you need to excel as a nursing leader preparing you for a lifelong career in the field. The curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and includes a capstone that you can complete in the healthcare setting of your choice.

Program Highlights

Upon graduation, you'll be able to:

  • Provide evidence-based care through the use of informatics
  • Integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into professional nursing practice
  • Use progressive care and therapies as part of a complete-care approach
  • Improve patient outcomes by using new healthcare systems
  • By the end of the program, you will have mastered all Nine Essentials of Nursing Practice outlined by the CCNE. You'll also be fully prepared to enter graduate school if you'd like to become a nurse practitioner, anesthetist, midwife, or specialist.

Career Impact

To enjoy a flexible, lifelong career in nursing, you'll need a B.S.N. degree. Vision 2020 the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that 80% of clinical nurses hold a B.S.N. by 2020 is backed by the American Nursing Association.3 Since 2013, hospitals seeking or renewing magnet status must be able to prove that 100% of their nursing managers hold at least a B.S.N. degree.4

B.S.N.-trained nurses enjoy:

  • 12% expected job growth through 20285
  • $71,730 median salary5
  • Their choice of healthcare setting: hospitals, home health, nursing care facilities, and more5

Qualify to Work in Any Setting You Choose

Earning your BSN meets new industry standards and qualifies you to work in the healthcare setting of your choice. You'll demonstrate nursing excellence, and that you're ready for future leadership roles.

You'll Learn:

  • A Complete-Care Approach. To provide progressive care and therapies.
  • New Healthcare Systems. To better patient outcomes.
  • Finance. To better inform management decisions.
  • Informatics. To provide evidence-based care.

Additionally, you'll complete your capstone in your choice of a healthcare setting. Unlike most programs in which your options include just a practice area or two, we want you to explore new areas of nursing for your capstone project.

You'll Master:

  • Quick critical-thinking skills
  • Evidence-based nursing practices
  • Scientific thought as part of a patient-centered approach
  • A complete-care mindset

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

1Payscale, Average Registered Nurse (RN) Hourly Pay. Retrieved from
2Payscale, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor in Science Nursing Degree average salary. Retrieved from
3(2010, October 5). Health Care Reform and Increased Patient Needs Require Transformation of Nursing Profession. Retrieved from
4Hawkins, Janice E. and Shell, Anita. (2012, March) Magnet hospitals are attracted to the BSN but what's in it for nurses? Retrieved from
5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses. Retrieved from

Course Information

You'll finish your degree studying healthcare in a comprehensive program featuring courses in delivery systems, finance, assessment, and pharmacology, as well as communication, leadership and ethics.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application
  2. An unencumbered registered nurse license in a U.S. state
  3. An associate degree in nursing
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale
  5. Students must have completed a basic English composition course. $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  6. Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.
  7. A written statement: Write about your path to patient care, previous nursing experiences or education, and how you imagine your future in healthcare. This is a great opportunity to share your strengths and other personal information to help us understand how your BSN will contribute to your future in nursing.
  8. Two letters of reference or recommendation: Letters should speak to your professional or volunteer experience, previous education, and how it relates to the online nursing program.
  9. An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $485 Per Credit


Graduation Fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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