Department of Nursing

St. Olaf takes a holistic approach to the field of nursing, integrating development of the whole person, a commitment to lifelong learning, and service to others. St. Olaf nursing majors learn to think critically and philosophically about life, to develop ethical reasoning, and to understand how concepts from other disciplines apply to the health and care of patients.

At St. Olaf, nursing students can expect:

  • to develop skills in communication, collaboration, and leadership.
  • to explore their passions, from public health policy to pediatrics to hospice care.
  • to gain experience in a wide variety of health care facilities in both urban and rural settings, and broad exposure to case management.

After four years of study in the St. Olaf Nursing Program, students are eligible to complete the licensure examination for registered nurses offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Highly regarded by top nursing executives and hospital administrators, Ole nurses are well prepared for professional practice or graduate school, with a high percentage going on to earn advanced degrees.

The establishment of a separate Nursing program in 2015/16 requires new accreditation by the CCNE (the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). Pending the conclusion of the accreditation review process at the May meeting of the CCNE board, accredited status will apply retroactively to the 2015/16 academic year.  The program has been granted continuing approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.  

To learn more about the St. Olaf College Nursing Program and its history, click the image below:

50th Anniversary