CSB to offer new graduate nursing programs in partnership with SJU – CSB / SJU


In the fall of 2021, the Collège de Saint-Benoît (CSB), in partnership with the University of Saint John’s (SJU), will welcome the first cohort of students in their new doctoral program in nursing practice. Graduate degrees will be the first to be awarded on the CBS campus and will meet a growing demand for advanced nurse practitioners and nurse leaders in the region.

The program will offer two distinct options:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). This track prepares nurses in active practice to care for patients throughout their lives. FNP students will learn how to perform comprehensive health assessments, order appropriate diagnostic tests, acquire advanced procedural skills, manage and diagnose acute and chronic conditions, and serve as a primary health care provider in a variety of settings.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Leadership Track. This track will allow individuals to reach new levels of leadership. They will develop specialized expertise to become an agent of change in the evolving healthcare landscape. Students will also be equipped to pursue roles where they will be responsible for managing nursing staff and serving as a source of knowledge for a team. Options for entry to the post-master’s program and the direct Bachelor of Science in Nursing at DNP are available.

A third option – a master’s degree in nursing – is currently in development for launch in fall 2022.

“We have had great success with our undergraduate program and over the years many of these graduates have expressed interest in a graduate program,” said Jennifer Peterson, Assistant Professor of Nursing (CSB ’98), DNP, APRN, FNP -C, CNOR, who will chair the new graduate program in nursing. “We did three separate market analyzes that looked at the level of interest of potential students and the needs of the community. The family nurse practitioner is the highest ranked.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the family nurse practitioner is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with an expected increase of 28% between 2018-24.

“There is a need for high quality and competent nurse leaders in healthcare,” Peterson said of the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Leadership Track. “There is also currently a shortage of nursing faculty which, along with interest, is the driving force that leads us to create a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on three pillars: practice, education and leadership. . “

College representatives also met with clinical partners from various health systems in the region to better understand their needs.

“There was a clear need within the community for this type of program. Our community partners see a significant gap that they are trying to fill with strong, high quality applicants. We expect this trend to continue over the next decade, ”said Peterson.

In addition to performing market analysis, the team also looked at the skills of schools to deliver the programs. The CSB / SJU Department of Nursing is ranked in the top three of Minnesota’s 14 programs by College Factual.

“Our undergraduate program is known for producing exceptional RNs. We plan to build on this solid reputation to develop exceptional graduate nursing programs, ”said Peterson. “This program is a response to the needs of the community and to the demand of our alumni and future students, and it prepares our graduates to improve the future of healthcare.”

“Our students do very well in nursing exams and pass rates, and the accreditation agencies have a high regard for what we do here,” said Richard Ice, Rector of CSB / SJU . “We don’t just train people to be nurses. We educate people to become leaders in health care.

Both programs will be offered in a hybrid format, a combination of classroom and online courses. Designed for working professionals, the format allows students maximum flexibility while connecting with a cohesive cohort of students.

Another unique offering of the program is the option for specialist areas of care. Graduate nursing students have the ability to develop specialized skills beyond the traditional family nurse practitioner track through a specialized clinical course and clinical rotation.

“If a registered nurse wants to graduate as a family nurse practitioner and is currently working in a specialty field, this program accommodates it. We have created a course that allows them to get that extra time in their specialized area of ​​interest. This is something our clinical partners are very excited about, ”said Peterson.

When developing courses for the leadership stream, schools intended to potentially incorporate contributions from the Global Business Leadership department. Peterson said it’s important for nurse leaders to have knowledge of all areas of work in the managerial role, including organizational structure, behavior, finances and budgets.

In addition, the new graduate programs are designed to be flexible according to changing market needs.

“If in 10 years the trend changes from being a family nurse practitioner to another type of advanced practice nurse position, we have created the curriculum so that we can easily modify it to make those changes,” Peterson explained.

Other highlights of the program include:

  • Guaranteed clinical placements;
  • Eligibility to obtain a license and national certification as a family nurse practitioner;
  • Eligibility to become certified as a nurse educator and / or nurse manager;
  • Individual mentoring for the DNP project;
  • Scholarships for higher education assistants available (limited quantity);
  • Reduced tuition fees for CSB / SJU graduates, CentraCare and Veterans Affairs employees;
  • Part-time options may be available.

The response to the program so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Former students and community health workers have shown interest in the programs.

Those interested in the program can visit csbsju.edu/graduate-nursing-programs or contact Assistant Professor of Nursing, Dr. Jennifer Peterson, Graduate Program Chair, at 320-363-5194.

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