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

Prepare for a successful career in professional nursing at Mary, a premier North Dakota nursing school. 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.

Nursing Degree Program Highlights

If you're looking for a nursing school in North Dakota, you'll discover that 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:

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

Feel free to contact us if you'd like more information about the traditional or completion nursing degree programs at Mary.

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 16% from 2014 to 2024, more than twice the national average for all occupations.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

Required courses:

BIO 207, 208, 209; CHE 110; ENG 121; PSY 201, 207; ANT 171 OR SOC 107; MAT 180 OR MAT 103; IPE 401; NUR 216, 240, 242, 248, 317, 319, 321, 336, 342, 346, 347, 355, 423, 424, 435, 436, 443, 444, 445, 446, and 450 


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: