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School of Nursing

The University of St. Thomas School of Nursing

We prepare highly skilled professional nurses who are culturally responsive, practice clinical excellence with ingenuity, and proactively improve whole-person healing to advance health equity and social justice. 

The proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs have been submitted to the accreditor and are pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission.

Programs

Proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing

4-year degree program that combines classes in nursing, related healthcare topics, and general liberal arts electives. 570 clinical hours are required. Our admissions process is holistic. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Proposed Master of Science in Nursing

This is a 20-month degree program that combines classes in nursing and related healthcare topics.    
570 clinical hours are required. We have a holistic admissions process. 

Master of Science in Nursing

Why Nursing at St. Thomas?

  • Clinical Excellence and Ingenuity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Investment in Success
  • Whole-Person Care
  • Health Equity for All
  • Clinical Excellence and Ingenuity

    • Emphasis on ethical, evidence-based care, encompassing the science and art of nursing
    • A strong scientific foundation that students apply in clinical placements across a range of health care settings, ensuring “real-world readiness”
    • Gain professional and interpersonal skills to excel in the field and to support the well-being of the patients and communities nurses serve
    • Co-creation of curriculum with community partners, including health systems, nonprofits and health experts to ensure students gain relevant skills for nursing practice
    • Develop agility to continually improve performance in rapidly-changing environments
      • An emphasis on continuous social innovation to improve and restore health and well-being
      • Work with emerging technology to develop an adaptive mindset
      • Curriculum includes the moral, ethical and legal challenges that accompany technology 

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    • Interprofessional teamwork (beyond accreditation requirements) included as a core principle from its inception
    • Develop leadership and communication skills working in teams to solve issues
    • Work alongside social work, psychology and health science students to gain a first-hand understanding of the value of collaboration with other professions in promoting sustainable health and well-being
    • Overlapping classes, clinical experiences and shadowing opportunities
    • Graduate with confidence to identify the resources needed to improve outcomes
      • Simulations, case studies and field placements within health and community settings
      • Learn diverse roles for contemporary nursing: public health, disease prevention, home care, case management, etc.
      • Explore administrative functions of health care (e.g., business, finance, analytics, public policy, law)
      • Collaboration and mentorship opportunities between graduate and undergraduate students

    Investment in Success

    • Customized learning experience including innovative nursing projects, clinical practice, research scholarship, and fellowships 
    • Strong relationships with clinical partners and 1-on-1 mentorship to enhance clinical placements 
    • Outstanding professors provide personal attention and mentorship, with a majority of courses having small class sizes 
    • Understand the breadth of opportunities in nursing while also gaining skills needed for entry into the practice 
    • A collaborative community that shares a passion for healing people and communities and that challenges one another to promote the highest level of clinical excellence and ingenuity 
    • We help students understand their own beliefs, critically assess their own convictions and explore diverse perspectives to succeed in a complex world 

    Whole-Person Care

    • Focus on addressing the physical, mental and spiritual needs of patients and the intersection of support systems, including families, communities and spirituality 
    • Develop an understanding of the continuum of care and the many factors affecting health (e.g. health care 
      access, poverty, affordable housing, nutrition, environment, socioeconomic status, human behavior and more) to serve in diverse settings 
    • Students learn to provide a high-touch, empathetic approach to care to help reassure and comfort patients facing health challenges 
    • Opportunities to practice using informatics and health care technology while still providing high-touch care 
    • Integration of Catholic social teaching 
      • Dignity of life/humans 
      • The belief that every person deserves love and support 
      • Social justice 

    Health Equity for All

    • Develop cultural humility and responsivity to address health needs in a respectful manner, bridging differences to enable effective health care 
    • Clinical experience in underserved urban and rural communities 
      • Service-learning opportunity included as part of the curriculum 
      • Learn to see family from the perspective of patients and who they define as family
    • Learn to provide population-based health care, identify factors that influence poor outcomes and ways to address these issues, including outcomes-based analytics and systems-thinking
    • Learn about health policy and regulations and their influence on nursing, and gain tools to champion systemic change
      • Partnerships with civic advocacy organizations where students engage with policy 
    • Program access built to recruit student cohorts from a variety of backgrounds to diversify the nursing profession
      • Partnerships with health systems, where those working in “supporting” roles have opportunities to extend their education and move into nursing roles 

    Clinical Excellence and Ingenuity

    • Emphasis on ethical, evidence-based care, encompassing the science and art of nursing
    • A strong scientific foundation that students apply in clinical placements across a range of health care settings, ensuring “real-world readiness”
    • Gain professional and interpersonal skills to excel in the field and to support the well-being of the patients and communities nurses serve
    • Co-creation of curriculum with community partners, including health systems, nonprofits and health experts to ensure students gain relevant skills for nursing practice
    • Develop agility to continually improve performance in rapidly-changing environments
      • An emphasis on continuous social innovation to improve and restore health and well-being
      • Work with emerging technology to develop an adaptive mindset
      • Curriculum includes the moral, ethical and legal challenges that accompany technology 

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    • Interprofessional teamwork (beyond accreditation requirements) included as a core principle from its inception
    • Develop leadership and communication skills working in teams to solve issues
    • Work alongside social work, psychology and health science students to gain a first-hand understanding of the value of collaboration with other professions in promoting sustainable health and well-being
    • Overlapping classes, clinical experiences and shadowing opportunities
    • Graduate with confidence to identify the resources needed to improve outcomes
      • Simulations, case studies and field placements within health and community settings
      • Learn diverse roles for contemporary nursing: public health, disease prevention, home care, case management, etc.
      • Explore administrative functions of health care (e.g., business, finance, analytics, public policy, law)
      • Collaboration and mentorship opportunities between graduate and undergraduate students

    Investment in Success

    • Customized learning experience including innovative nursing projects, clinical practice, research scholarship, and fellowships 
    • Strong relationships with clinical partners and 1-on-1 mentorship to enhance clinical placements 
    • Outstanding professors provide personal attention and mentorship, with a majority of courses having small class sizes 
    • Understand the breadth of opportunities in nursing while also gaining skills needed for entry into the practice 
    • A collaborative community that shares a passion for healing people and communities and that challenges one another to promote the highest level of clinical excellence and ingenuity 
    • We help students understand their own beliefs, critically assess their own convictions and explore diverse perspectives to succeed in a complex world 

    Whole-Person Care

    • Focus on addressing the physical, mental and spiritual needs of patients and the intersection of support systems, including families, communities and spirituality 
    • Develop an understanding of the continuum of care and the many factors affecting health (e.g. health care 
      access, poverty, affordable housing, nutrition, environment, socioeconomic status, human behavior and more) to serve in diverse settings 
    • Students learn to provide a high-touch, empathetic approach to care to help reassure and comfort patients facing health challenges 
    • Opportunities to practice using informatics and health care technology while still providing high-touch care 
    • Integration of Catholic social teaching 
      • Dignity of life/humans 
      • The belief that every person deserves love and support 
      • Social justice 

    Health Equity for All

    • Develop cultural humility and responsivity to address health needs in a respectful manner, bridging differences to enable effective health care 
    • Clinical experience in underserved urban and rural communities 
      • Service-learning opportunity included as part of the curriculum 
      • Learn to see family from the perspective of patients and who they define as family
    • Learn to provide population-based health care, identify factors that influence poor outcomes and ways to address these issues, including outcomes-based analytics and systems-thinking
    • Learn about health policy and regulations and their influence on nursing, and gain tools to champion systemic change
      • Partnerships with civic advocacy organizations where students engage with policy 
    • Program access built to recruit student cohorts from a variety of backgrounds to diversify the nursing profession
      • Partnerships with health systems, where those working in “supporting” roles have opportunities to extend their education and move into nursing roles 
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    01

    The School of Nursing in The Morrison Family College of Health

    Informed by Catholic social teaching, the University of St. Thomas Morrison Family College of Health educates health providers and leaders to skillfully, compassionately, and collaboratively advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities.   

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    02 Meet the Director

    Martha Scheckel

    Dr. Martha Scheckel, a community and public health nursing expert, joined the University of St. Thomas from the College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior at Viterbo University in Wisconsin, where she served as dean. 

    LEARN MORE ABOUT MARTHA SCHECKEL

    FACULTY

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    Dr. Anna Kam

    Clinical Faculty

    Dr. Anna Kam is a clinical faculty member in the School of Nursing. With a background as a medical/oncology nurse, Dr. Kam also brings experience teaching in baccalaureate and community college nursing programs.

    Meet Dr. Kam
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    Berline Pierre-Louis

    Clinical Faculty

    Berline Pierre-Louis is a clinical faculty member who joined St. Thomas from Allina Health-United Hospital, where she served as an infection preventionist. She also has experience in public health, neuroscience, psychiatric/mental health and population health nursing. 

    Meet Berline Pierre-Louis
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    Heather Anderson

    Clinical Faculty, Simulation Educator

    Heather Anderson is a clinical faculty member and simulation educator for the School of Nursing. She joined St. Thomas from the HealthPartners Institute, where she served as lead simulation education specialist. She also has experience as a critical care nurse, medical/surgical nurse, and adjunct nursing faculty member.
    Meet Heather Anderson