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Health & Medicine Profile

A leader in health care education innovation

Founded in 1912, The College of St. Scholastica is a respected leader in nursing and health care education. The College is building on that reputation with its new 45,000-sq. ft. Health Science Center.

Now open to our Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy graduate students, the Health Science Center features classrooms and laboratories furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. It includes the maurices Community Clinic, a learning clinic that will serve uninsured and underinsured patients while providing students with real-world experience.

Our School of Nursing is one of the largest in the state, with about 1,000 students enrolled each year in our nationally recognized programs. It features three baccalaureate degree offerings: traditional undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and RN–to–Bachelor of Science online. We also offer a Bachelor of Science–to–Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, with specialties in Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a post-master’s DNP.

Our Veteran to BS in Nursing program is specially geared toward helping military veterans pursue a nursing career. The program features small cohorts, clinical experiences, and advisement and support from military veteran faculty members.

Our new Health Humanities major (and minor) is a perfect complement to our existing programs and Benedictine values. Reflecting a current shift in the health care world toward patient-centered care, this program puts the focus on empathy and human dignity.

The School of Health Sciences includes programs geared toward producing real-world practitioners: Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Health Informatics and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is scheduled to start in fall 2017 pending accreditation.

The School of Sciences offers programs in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Sciences; Mathematics, Psychology, and Sociology; Gerontology and Pre-health Professions; and Natural Sciences.

St. Scholastica emphasizes student-faculty research, with close mentoring from professors and industry-leading professionals.


• Enrollment: 4,360

• Academic profile: The middle 50% of students have ACT scores of 21–27.

• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1

• Guarantee: First-year undergraduates who follow a few simple guidelines will graduate from St. Scholastica in four years­—guaranteed—or subsequent years are free.

• Financial aid: 100% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. The average grant/scholarship award is $22,531 (source: federal, state, college, private).   

• Career placement: 97% of graduates are in career fields or graduate school within six months of graduation.

• Tuition: $34,764

• Room and board: $9,314

• Study abroad: Irish Study Center in Louisburgh, Ireland; an exchange program with United International College in Zhuhai, China; a Russian language program in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia; student exchanges in Leipzig, Germany; a student program at Regent’s College in London; study and service programs in Mexico and Tanzania; faculty-led programs and service learning in Belize, China, and Morocco; and membership in HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs)