Nursing is founded on a commitment of service to others and focuses on the health and well being of society. Nursing practice involves four areas: promoting health and wellness, preventing illness, restoring health, and care of the dying.

Students who are not nursing majors interested in pursuing a Nurse Practitioner degree or a Master of Science in Nursing most often will need to complete the following pre-requisites: Bio 143 and 243 or Bio 247 and 266, Bio 231, Nurs 110, Psych 125, Psych 241, Stat 212.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • PSYCH or SOAN (Sociology/Anthropology)  (see planning sheet)
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • NURS 110 (FY or Soph)
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • BIO 121
  • CHEM 122 or 125
  • PSYCH or SOAN (see planning sheet)
Additional Information

Take the Certified Nursing Assistant Course any time before the beginning of the sophomore spring.

MSN has two paths, one for undergrads who majored in nursing and another for career changers with a college degree in something other than nursing. Prerequisites are most often:

  1. Biology 143 and Biology 243 (a year of human anatomy and physiology)
  2. Psych 125, Developmental Psychology and Psychpathology (the last is not always required)
  3. Nutrition
  4. Microbiology (but only the offerings in which microbiology appears in the title of the course)
  5. Statistics
  • Nursing courses from another academic institution will not be counted towards the St. Olaf Nursing major.
  • Students may receive credit for OLE Core requirements from other institutions with prior approval from the Nursing Department Chair and the Registrar.
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

Nurses week in May.
Nursing major social events in fall and spring.


Chair, Department of Nursing – Susan Huehn (