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Nursing

Are you called to nursing?

As a nurse, you’ll know that the work you do every day truly makes a difference. You’ll be a vital partner in delivering care that improves — and often saves — lives. You’ll get to comfort patients when they are afraid, answer their questions in uncertain situations and ease their pain. This type of service and caring for others is at the heart of our values at St. Norbert College.

SNC’s rigorous liberal arts approach helps you care for diverse patients in a variety of health care situations. Good nurses know to make the best decisions quickly, a skill that is strengthened by knowing how to synthesize information across disciplines. Our focus on strong science programs is an asset to SNC’s nursing program.

Academic paths within the nursing program

If you want the option to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in four years or less, you’ve come to the right place. SNC’s partnership with Green Bay’s Bellin College enables students to graduate with a BSN degree issued by Bellin College — and they are considered alumni of both institutions.

Interconnectedness is at the heart of all that we do. The core nursing courses that you take at SNC will provide you with a strong foundation for the work you’ll do toward the completion of your BSN at Bellin College — coursework that focuses on providing extensive clinical experience so that you’re well prepared to enter any area of nursing.

Through SNC’s partnership with Bellin, you’ll earn a BSN. The program has two stages:

  1. You’ll spend your first two years on the SNC campus, taking courses to fulfill your core requirements, under the guidance of a pre-nursing advisor.
  2. During your junior year, you’ll transition from SNC into one of two programs at Bellin College: the 15-month option, or the 24-month Junior Transfer option.

A degree that works

When you complete our nursing partnership program, you'll be well-positioned for immediate success in the health care industry. One hundred percent of Bellin graduates seeking employment obtain positions within four months of graduation. Bellin nursing graduates are especially sought-after for critical-care positions because of the strong clinical practice base they acquire during their college experience.

St. Norbert’s liberal arts curriculum teaches you how to see issues from varying viewpoints and understand the dynamics of an organization — invaluable qualities regardless of profession.

A world of opportunities awaits those who complete the program. Graduates have gone on to work in acute-care settings, long-term care facilities, public health offices, home care, occupational health care and administrative positions, to name a few. Many go on to pursue master’s degrees, where additional opportunities, such as becoming a nurse practitioner, are possible.

Elevate your nursing education

SNC is one of only a handful of private liberal arts colleges with an anatomy lab with human cadavers accessible to undergraduate students in pre-medical, dental and nursing fields. Through cadaver work, you’ll gain a better understanding of the effects of disease on all systems of the body. What’s more, you’ll explore the way anatomy can vary widely from person to person — experiences that will make you a better nurse.

Nursing students at SNC benefit from practical field experience. Learn how to care for real patients in real health-care settings, including hospitals, community health centers and outpatient facilities at both SNC and Bellin College.

SNC/Bellin College nursing students are eligible for the $2,500 Donna Van Asten ‘Face Forward’ Fellowship. Summer 2022 marked the start of a new job-shadowing pilot program in partnership with Bellin Health that funded two SNC students for a 10-week program. This type of initiative is proof of our continued commitment to innovation in education.

  • It’s pretty rare to be a new RNBSN graduate and get right into an intensive-care unit. Typically, you do medical surgery, basic care for adults first. But just through my communication skills, building relationships, making connections and putting myself out there, I was able to squeeze my way into a dream position. I even had two separate offers.

    Jordan Saari ’19

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    Portrait of student Jordan Saari

    It’s pretty rare to be a new RNBSN graduate and get right into an intensive-care unit. Typically, you do medical surgery, basic care for adults first. But just through my communication skills, building relationships, making connections and putting myself out there, I was able to squeeze my way into a dream position. I even had two separate offers.

    Jordan Saari ’19

  • SNC hosts lots of informational talks, panels and speakers that opened my eyes and gave me more information about what I’d be experiencing in different medical professions and schools. Highlighting guests in a variety of professions is especially beneficial for students who are still deciding, or don’t know much about the different areas of health care.

    Anna Giblin ’21

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    Portrait of student

    SNC hosts lots of informational talks, panels and speakers that opened my eyes and gave me more information about what I’d be experiencing in different medical professions and schools. Highlighting guests in a variety of professions is especially beneficial for students who are still deciding, or don’t know much about the different areas of health care.

    Anna Giblin ’21

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Undergraduate research

Engage in collaborative research projects with your professors — frequently with financial support from national organizations.

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Practical internships

Explore the world of healthcare through internships, and find out what it’s like to put your academic training to work.

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International reach

Experience diverse classroom and lab settings through our study abroad program.

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Learn from exceptional SNC nursing faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your nursing degree at work

Whether you want to work in mental health, home healthcare, in a doctor’s office, long-term care facility or an ER, there are paths for you in nursing. Many SNC graduates have gone on to have careers in public health, research, occupational health, critical care units, educational settings or even case management. Flexibility and the ability to transition between types of care makes a nursing degree invaluable.


Graduates of the St. Norbert College/Bellin College nursing program are well-prepared to pursue many different careers, either with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or after graduate study:

  • Gerontology specialist
  • Forensics nurse
  • Midwife
  • Athletic trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Diabetes nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Traveling nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Hospice nurse
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • School nurse
  • Surgical nurse
  • Physician
  • Correctional health nurse

Future study in nursing

If you’re considering taking your study of nursing to the next level, speak with your adviser about SNC’s partnership with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. You can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree following your studies at SNC.
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Become a health care leader

Leadership is an important skill for nurses, who must make important decisions every day at work. As a residential liberal arts school, SNC’s active campus community offers countless chances for you to advance your leadership abilities with an eye on your future career as a nurse.

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Contact the St. Norbert College admission office

Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

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8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

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