Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Nursing Bachelor's Degree Program
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.
#1 Nursing Program in the Nation
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam results rank the University of Mary’s nursing program as #1 in our region AND #1 of 2,061 nursing programs nationwide. Nursing’s national benchmarking service, Mountain Measurements, ranks University of Mary’s program No. 1 in America. The yearly rankings report is based on the 2018 Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam. All 66 University of Mary graduates who took the licensure exam for the first time passed.
Dr. Glenda Reemts, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at the University of Mary, says several factors account for the great scores: nursing faculty work heavily with students to prepare; a curriculum that follows industry quality and safety standards; and the CHI senior-year-free scholarship incentive that is available to nursing students who maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years all help set a high academic standard.
Nursing 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. As a part of Mary's nursing program, 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 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.
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 15% from 2016 to 2026, more than twice the national average for all occupations.*
All of the following courses require a final grade of C or higher to count towards the major. This applies to courses taken at the University of Mary as well as transfer courses.
- Grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.
- Students may repeat no more than two nursing prerequisite courses in which they receive a grade of less than C or grades of W, WP, or WF. Students who withdraw due to nonacademic reasons may request consideration for admission. Students may choose to repeat nursing prerequisite courses in which they received a grade of C or better in order to increase their GPA.
- ANT 171 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or SOC 107 - General Sociology
- BIO 207 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 207L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
- BIO 208 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- BIO 208L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
- BIO 209 - Medical Microbiology
- BIO 209L - Medical Microbiology Laboratory
- CHE 110 - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry and lab
- ENG 121 - Composition II
- MAT 103 - College Algebra or MAT 180 - Elementary Statistics
- NUR 216 - Nutrition
- NUR 240 - Introduction to Nursing as a Profession
Enrollment in NUR 240 is restricted to students who have declared nursing as a major and hold a current CNA license.
- With the exception of NUR 216, NUR 240, NUR 317, and NUR 319, all nursing courses are restricted to students who have been formally accepted into the Division of Nursing.
- Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all required courses.
- See additional restrictions on progression in the nursing major above under “Progression.”
- NUR 242 - Nursing Fundamentals
- NUR 248 - Health Assessment
- NUR 317 - Pharmacology
- NUR 319 - Pathophysiology
- NUR 321 - Advanced Nursing Skills
- NUR 336 - Ethics, Law & Policy
- NUR 342 - Gerontologic Nursing
- NUR 346 - Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health Care
- NUR 347 - Medical/Surgical Nursing II
- NUR 355 - Medical Surgical I
- NUR 423 - NCLEX Review I
- NUR 424 - NCLEX Review II
- NUR 435 - Research & Evidence Based Practice
- NUR 436 - Nurse as Leader
- NUR 443 - Critical Care Nursing
- NUR 444 - Mental Health Nursing
- NUR 445 - Pediatric Nursing
- NUR 446 - Community Health Nursing
- NUR 450 - The Role of the Professional Nurse
- IPE 401 - Interprofessionalism in Healthcare
- HUM 499 - Senior Competency Testing