Academic Catalog and Handbooks

2023-2024 Edition

Nursing, Undergraduate

Department Chair: Julie Strelow

Faculty: Jodi Berndt, Carie Braun, Vicky Grove, Georgia Hogenson, Carrie Hoover, Julie Keller Dornbusch, Nicole Lang, Rachelle Larsen, Mary Larson, Nichole Laudenbach, Derek Moore, Mary Pesch, Jennifer Peterson, Julie Strelow, and Mary Zelenak

The department of nursing offers a four-year program which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The program is accredited by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
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and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The comprehensive nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and prepares the nurse generalist to practice safely and effectively in all health care environments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on leadership, diversity, evidence-based practice, and the provision of quality and safe nursing care. As an academic major in a practice discipline, nursing students have opportunities to apply principles and concepts from the liberal arts and nursing science to the provision of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, families and communities.

CSB and SJU offers a range of learning environments suited to development of the professional nurse including classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical experiences. Nursing faculty have high expectations for student professional behavior and continuously strive to develop challenging learning experiences.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who have been convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor may be ineligible for licensure by the Board of Nursing and should seek clarification of their status prior to applying to the major.

Students must meet the technical standards for safe nursing practice. For representative examples of the technical standards, see the nursing department webpage.

Students in the nursing major are eligible for membership in the Sigma Kappa Phi Chapter, an international honor society of nursing. Student membership in the Kappa Phi chapter is based on superior academic achievement. An active student nursing club encourages student involvement in professional and social activities.


Continuous improvement of student learning requires conscientious and consistent, student and faculty participation in assessment and evaluation activities. Nursing majors’ academic achievement will be assessed using nationally standardized and classroom-based exams, scoring rubrics and performance demonstrations. Some, but not all, assessment activities are also included as part of course grades. Individual data will be given directly to the student; students should seek consultation from their instructor and/or advisor if they have concerns about individual performance. Only group data will be used for department reports.