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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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.

Ranked #1 Nursing Program in the Nation 

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam results, along with nursing’s national benchmarking service, Mountain Measurement, ranked the University of Mary’s nursing program as #1 in our region AND #1 of 2,145 nursing programs nationwide in 2021. The rankings report is based on Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). At the University of Mary, 100 percent of our graduates passed their NCLEX-RN licensure exam on the first try, several years running.

Several factors account for the great scores: nursing faculty work heavily with students to prepare; the curriculum follows industry quality and safety standards; and the CHI senior year free scholarship incentive available to nursing students who maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years all help set a high academic standard. 

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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

  1. Traditional

    Traditional student classes are held on our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota and in nursing practice sites.

  2. Completion

    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 online learning environments. The RN completion program is designed in a completely online format.

  3. Accelerated BSN Second Degree

    Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing, may enroll in the BSN Second degree nursing program. This program can be completed in 13 months on the main campus in Bismarck, ND. Upon completion students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

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 12% from 2018 to 2028, more than twice the national average for all occupations.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses

Success Story

Nursing alum Raumi Kudrna reflects on the caring experiences she received from faculty at the University of Mary that helped prepare her for success in life.

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The University of Mary offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid packages, including a special offer that would make your senior year of nursing tuition free.

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:

If you are interested in nursing graduate programs, the following programs are offered at the University of Mary: