The University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Saint Paul College announced a new partnership to help create a more diverse nursing workforce. The agreement creates a supportive pathway for students currently enrolled at Saint Paul College to transfer to the School of Nursing to pursue a baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree.
“For too many, the traditional path to a baccalaureate nursing degree and the broader scope of practice it provides isn’t an option for students coming out of high school,” says Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, dean of the School of Nursing. “This partnership opens another entry into nursing that we hope will create a health care workforce that is also more representative of the communities it serves.”
Julia Bartlett, DC, dean of Health Sciences at Saint Paul College, adds, “This exciting partnership provides an advanced educational option for students wishing to enter the nursing profession. Students can start their education at Saint Paul College, a smaller and affordable environment, and transfer, through a coordinated effort, to the prestigious Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.”
This program serves as an additional option for students at Saint Paul College along with the existing practical nursing diploma.
Transfer applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2022. Enrollment on the Twin Cities campus is currently limited to 10 Saint Paul College students, with additional opportunities in Rochester. The School of Nursing will provide Saint Paul College students with structured programming to support their success at the University.
The first information session for Saint Paul College students interested in applying is scheduled for December 1.
The deadline to apply is February 1.