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.

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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

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.

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.*

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

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.

Prerequisite 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 (including approved substitutions). 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.

Required Courses

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: