University of Saint Mary
University of Saint Mary has a strong academic history as a leader in liberal arts education dating back to 1923. Guided by the vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, the university seeks to inspire students and to prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that will benefit our global society.
Our programs are grounded in the liberal arts tradition of providing students with the strong decision-making and critical skills required to thrive in the workplace, while coursework and curricula also emphasize the practical applications of skills and knowledge. The University of Saint Mary is known for creating graduates with the ability to lead organizations and contribute to their communities in ways that benefit society as a whole—an essential element of our mission. We have received national recognition from The Princeton Review, which has named the University of Saint Mary a "Best Midwestern College" since 2005.
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The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
The University of Saint Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe Kansas.
The Princeton Review has named the University of Saint Mary a "Best Midwestern College" since 2005, a distinction given only to colleges that meet high standards of academic excellence.
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About Online Learning:
Our online courses offer the same challenging curriculum as our on-campus classes, and faculty members (some of whom also teach on campus) are trained and experienced in the online setting.
The University of Saint Mary launched its first online courses in 1997. Distance-learning technology has come a long way since then, and people are much more comfortable with using it. We realize that many of our students are still new to or unfamiliar with using their computers to attend an online classroom, so we provide several ways you can get support:
Dedicated technical support
Online orientation for new students
A Personal Support Center that is open 24/7 to answer your questions at any time, whether you want to know how to complete an assignment or discuss a tuition issue
You’ll also have your teachers, your fellow students, and an advisor to provide support and answers during your learning experience at the University of Saint Mary.
On average, students spend about 15 to 20 hours a week studying and completing coursework, which you can arrange around your own personal and professional obligations.
RN-BSN Online Degree Program
You need your RN-BSN and want to earn it online, but you also want the support and guidance to ensure your success. It’s with this in mind that the University of Saint Mary (USM) designed its online RN-BSN degree program. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and grounded in Sister Simone Roach’s Five C’s of Caring – Commitment, Conscience, Competence, Compassion, and Confidence – the online RN to BSN program at the University of Saint Mary has no residency requirements, allowing you to earn your degree in as few as 12 months.
New Career Opportunity Today – More Flexibility Tomorrow
USM also understands the requirements and deadlines with returning to school, which is why our faculty and staff are there to assist you however you need. From your initial contact to graduation, the University of Saint Mary will be there every step of the way.
A Field in Demand
In the next decade, employment growth for registered nurses is projected to increase by 19 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is faster than average for most occupations. Coupled with this, the American Nurses Association is also pushing for nurses to return to the classroom and continue their education, noting the need to stay current with new practices and technologies. Thus, there is no better time than now to return to the classroom and earn the degree that will help stabilize your career.
Grounded in the tradition of liberal arts and founded in 1923, the University of Saint Mary instills students with the decision-making and critical-thinking skills employers desire, along with fostering a sense of community. USM also strives to prepare graduates with the ability to lead organizations and act in a manner that benefits society as a whole.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Requirements: 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
Education Level: Bachelor’s in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing - Online
The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Saint Mary is built on the new Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). With these new essentials, the online MSN not only prepares you for advanced career opportunities, it prepares you for a doctorate-level program, which would unlock even more career options.
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With either of these powerful specializations, you’ll be poised to land challenging and rewarding positions.
Here’s why the online MSN from the University of Saint Mary is right for you:
Choice of two specializations to match your professional goals: Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator
Clinical hours may be completed where you work
Our curriculum and clinical options put you a step ahead should you decide to pursue a Doctorate.
Online convenience with no residency requirements – perfect for busy, working nurses
Education rooted in Sister Simone Roach’s 5 Cs of Caring – Conscience, Confidence, Compassion, Commitment and Competence1
Our program is designed around CCNE requirements2
1 Roach, M.S. (1992). The human act of caring: A blueprint for the health professions. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Hospital Association Press.
2 We are in the process of applying for CCNE accreditation with the expectation that the site visit will occur in Fall 2014.
Powerful Specializations in Two Fast Growing Fields
The online Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Mary offers your choice of two career-building specializations:
Nurse Educator:An MSN is all but required to teach nursing courses at the undergraduate level or conduct advanced continuing education courses for working nurses. Our online MSN from the University of Saint Mary includes courses that prepare you to continue your education or to teach at the undergraduate level.
Nurse Administrator: Nurse Administrators organize, supervise, and coordinate nursing care from the micro and macro levels. They also play a key role in fostering the delivery of safe, effective, and quality patient care. A Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing administration is the preferred entry-level degree for nurse administrators. This specialization also provides you with the skills and knowledge to embrace a leadership role as a decision maker in the healthcare industry.
The AACN reports nearly 1,000 faculty vacancies in nursing schools with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs1
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 26 percent increase in nursing jobs by 2020, the largest increase for any occupation2
A workforce study conducted by the Bernard Hodes Group finds that 75% of current nurse leaders plan to retire by 20203
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Online
Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the University of Saint Mary Online MBA program allows you to earn your advanced degree without interrupting work or personal schedules. We offer six opportunities each year to begin your online MBA degree.
This isn’t just any MBA. Our faculty wants you to contribute to society by making the right decisions while making organizations more successful. Along with emphasizing ethical business practices, we encourage students to consider how decisions affect their colleagues, their company’s place in the world of global business, and also the bottom line.
MBA - Finance: The Finance MBA from the University of Saint Mary provides a strong grounding in this vital aspect of business. Students learn to anticipate and implement solutions to financial issues facing an organization by studying such topics as financial markets and instruments, capital structure, financing a business, allocating funds for financial investments, risk management, planning for future growth.
MBA - Health Care Management: The University of Saint Mary Health Care Management MBA offers in-depth knowledge of business concepts and skills applied specifically to the health care industry. The curriculum of this concentration covers such topics as: Key concepts of management in the health care industry, such as budgeting and organizational growth. Legal and ethical issues in health care, including patient rights and client autonomy. Socio-cultural, economic, and political forces affecting the health care system.
MBA - Human Resource Management: Students who opt for the Human Resource Management concentration for their MBA studies at the University of Saint Mary will delve into issues related to the effective management, cultivation, and training of an organization's work force. Coursework prepares students to work as managers in the areas of human resources, training and development, and organizational change.
MBA - Leadership and Organizational Health: The MBA with a Leadership and Organizational Health concentration from University of Saint Mary was developed in collaboration with best-selling author and renowned business consultant Patrick Lencioni. This program arms you with the advanced understanding and actionable tools required to develop high-functioning organizations.
MBA - Marketing and Advertising Management: The concentration in Marketing and Advertising Management prepares University of Saint Mary MBA students to help organizations succeed in today's extremely competitive and complex area of marketing and publicity. To face the challenges of increasingly sophisticated consumers and evolving digital media.
MBA - Enterprise Risk Management: The Enterprise Risk Management specialization covers the basics of risk management along with its key quantitative techniques. You will learn to manage risk across an organization in a holistic and strategic manner that views risk as a source of competitive advantage.
MBA - General Management: Students who choose the concentration in General Management as part of their MBA studies at the University of Saint Mary will learn about aspects of business they can apply across a diverse array of industries and positions, offering flexibility as they move through their career. Studies focus on managing information systems and projects, as well as leadership theory and practice.