Concordia University, St. Paul College of Nursing

Where you study matters, which explains why so many students choose Concordia University, St. Paul College of Nursing. Our graduates don’t just earn a degree. They receive rich, relevant expertise in their respective fields, taught by engaging and knowledgeable instructors who are active in their professions, and inspired by Christian values. They also develop lasting relationships centered around the values of lifelong learning and growth, both personal and professional.

Founded in 1893, Concordia St. Paul has seen a great deal of change over the past century and quarter, beginning as a small high school for young men preparing to enter the ministry of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and growing into the diverse, outcomes-focused liberal arts university it is today. Offering more than 100 majors, minors and other programs, Concordia is recognized for providing exceptional academic value and return on investment for students.

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Today, the Concordia University, St. Paul College of Nursing is providing a new value for those who feel called to serve as nurses. In 2020, we launched our 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as entered into a transfer partnership with Concordia University–Portland to continue their successful Accelerated BSN program in Portland, Oregon. A member of the Concordia family of universities, CUP announced its closure in the spring of 2020. Despite this, the demand for BSN-educated nurses remains exceptionally high on the West Coast, making this quality program essential to serving our nation’s health care needs. As such, we were proud to be able to continue this accredited program without interruption.

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Program Mission, Goals and Expected Outcomes


The mission of the Concordia University, St. Paul College of Nursing is to provide a transformative education for students to become exceptional nursing leaders who value lifelong learning, possess a spirit of inquiry and display resilience within the dynamic healthcare environment. This is accomplished through the integration of experiential learning that is informed by Christian values, the liberal arts and sciences and nursing knowledge. Graduates are prepared for informed living and dedication to holistic and evidence-based nursing practice that advocates for social justice, tolerates ambiguity and improves health outcomes for diverse populations in the evolving global context of healthcare delivery.


Concordia University, St. Paul will be an exemplary, academically respected, Christ-centered nursing program that cultivates creative and innovative thinkers, while fostering meaningful partnerships in the healthcare community to collaborate on clinical and academic best practices.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program Goals

Graduate highly educated, compassionate, competent and inquisitive nurses who are empowered to have a meaningful impact on the nursing workforce in a variety of roles and settings.

Inspire the passion and value of ongoing professional education that will serve as a foundation for personal growth, career progression and optimal healthcare outcomes.

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At Concordia University, We're Focused On Outcomes

The Concordia University, St. Paul College of Nursing focuses on preparing students to sit for the NCLEX, as shown by CSP students’ first-time NCLEX pass rates in 2023.
On the St. Paul campus, students passed at a rate of 90.32%, and Portland students passed at a rate of 93.36%.

The reason for our students’ success is equally clear. At Concordia, our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program focuses on eight key outcomes so you graduate
ready to sit for the NCLEX-RN® and to become a leader in nursing practice:

  1. Developing and maintaining professional accountability to advocate for social justice, quality health outcomes and legal and ethical practice.
  2. Understanding the healthcare context given financial, regulatory and public health practices and policies.
  3. Providing holistic and patient-centered care through evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and moral and ethical values.
  4. Fostering leadership in a variety of care settings and systems.
  5. Utilizing technology and informatics to provide safe, efficient and optimized care.
  6. Optimizing healthcare outcomes through effective communication and coordinated, collaborative care.
  7. Empowering health promotion/illness prevention through educating communities and evaluating the effectiveness of health interventions.
  8. Leveraging a well-rounded baccalaureate generalist education to synthesize knowledge and provide holistic, compassionate and creative care

Are you ready to answer the call to become a nurse?

Contact us today to learn more about how you can leverage your previous college experience to earn a BSN degree in 16 months.