Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Nursing Bachelor's Degree Program Overview

Prepare for a successful career in professional nursing. The Nursing Bachelor of Science program provides a broad spectrum of scientific, critical-thinking, humanistic, communication and leadership skills, with specific courses in community health nursing. By fostering a Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine learning environment, the undergraduate nursing degree program at the University of Mary emphasizes servant leadership and offers a deeper knowledge of spirituality, ethics, and global stewardship.

The bachelor’s degree is the only nursing degree preferred for practice in all health care settings (critical care, ambulatory care, public health, and mental health) and thus offers the greatest employment flexibility for any entry-level RN. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is also essential if you are seeking to perform at the case-manager or supervisory level, or move across employment settings.

Senior Year Tuition-Free

Thanks to an 8-figure gift from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), all University of Mary nursing students in our main campus program can qualify for their senior year tuition-free. Students must only maintain a 3.0 GPA to qualify.

Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The community-focused nursing degree program at the University of Mary prepares nurses who will respond to the emerging health needs of society and the health care system. You will learn to:

  • Utilize state-of-the-art clinical opportunities in a variety of settings, including CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as public health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, and schools
  • Understand a patient's treatment, symptoms, and danger signs
  • Supervise other nursing personnel
  • Coordinate care with other health care providers
  • Master advanced technology
  • Guide patients through the maze of health resources in a community
  • Teach patients how to comply with treatment and adopt a healthy lifestyle

As you pursue your bachelor’s degree, you also have exciting opportunities to gain real-world leadership experience in the Emerging Leaders Academy.

Ways to Get Your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

The Nursing bachelor’s degree program can be accomplished in one of two ways: traditional or completion. Traditional student classes are held on our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, and in nursing practice sites. Licensed nurses (LPNs or RNs without a bachelor’s degree) may also achieve their bachelor’s degree through the completion program. The LPN completion program is a blend of on-site and Web-based learning environments. The RN completion program is designed in a completely online format.

Request more information about the traditional or completion nursing degree programs.

Career Outlook for Nursing Majors

Nursing is the largest profession in the health care field. Nurses are employed in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices, public health agencies, and primary care clinics. Other nurses work as college and university educators, preparing future nurses, or as scientists developing advances in many areas of health care and health promotion.

Overall, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.

Required courses:

BIO 207, 208, 209; CHE 110; PSY 201, 207; ANT 171; MAT 180; NUR 216, 240, 242, 248, 317, 319,321, 335, 336, 340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 423, 424, 436, 438, 441, 443, 444, 446, 448, and 450 


CHI Nursing

Learn how you can get your SENIOR YEAR FREE through our new CHI Nursing Scholarship!

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: