Concordia St. Paul News

June 20, 2017

CSP Expanding its Nursing Program Offerings

Concordia University, St. Paul is expanding its nursing offerings with the addition of a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The coursework is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and to enter the nursing profession as a generalist in a variety of care settings, serving culturally diverse clients of all ages in an ever-changing, dynamic health care context. The program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Students will be placed in a cohort-based program that facilitates a network of colleagues throughout the duration of the program. Coursework spans six to eight semesters (depending on previous college work) and includes 65 nursing major credits in addition to other pre-requisite and general education courses. The pre-licensure BSN will be offered year round. The program has full approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The first cohort is scheduled to start in Fall 2017.

“The pre-licensure BSN track is unique as it is offered year-round in a traditional academic setting, enabling students to complete their degree in three years or less, therefore reducing the time required to enter the nursing profession,” said Nursing Department Chair Josie Christian. “This track, like our existing RN to BSN track, provides a curriculum that is relevant to the current healthcare arena.”

A new facility specifically designed for Concordia’s nursing program is currently under construction on the sixth floor of the Central Midway Building across from CSP’s campus on the north side if I-94. The 11,000-square-foot space, which features state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation labs, has a targeted completion date of Fall 2017. Concordia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program resides on the building’s fifth floor.

In addition to the pre-licensure BSN program, Concordia offers an RN to BSN program.