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.

NCLEX® Licensing Examination - Pass Rate Percentage - The Class of 2017

At St. Olaf, nursing students can expect to:

  • develop skills in communication, collaboration, and leadership.
  • explore their passions, from public health policy to pediatrics to hospice care.
  • 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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing at St. Olaf College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.