About Concordia University

Where you study matters, which explains why so many students choose Concordia University. 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.

CSP Campus in Minnesota

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.

Today, Concordia 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.

Program Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes


The mission of the nursing program at Concordia University, St. Paul is to provide a transformative education for students to become exceptional nursing leaders who value lifelong learning, a spirit of inquiry, and are resilient 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.

At Concordia University, We’re Focused on Outcomes

Not only do 95% of Concordia graduates launch their career or enter graduate programs within a year of graduation, according to a First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul, our students are among the highest earning private school graduates in the state of Minnesota four years after they graduate. And of Concordia University Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, the results are clear. In both 2018 and 2019, 100% of Concordia University BSN students passed the NCLEX-RN®on their first try.

The reason for this 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-round 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.

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