CSS Post Bacc Nursing

Welcome to ProgramMatek’s CSS Post Bacc Nursing program! Whether you’re an aspiring nurse or looking to transition careers, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll provide you with all the essential details you need to know about the program.

Application Deadlines

To kickstart your journey towards a nursing career, you’ll need to submit your application through NursingCAS. The program start dates, along with the available seats, will be displayed in the program filter on NursingCAS. Make sure to mark your calendars with the following priority deadlines:

Duluth and St. Cloud: September Start (Fall)

Priority deadline: March 1. Rolling admissions will continue until the final deadline on July 5.

Duluth and St. Cloud: January Start (Spring)

Priority deadline: July 1. Rolling admissions will continue until the final deadline on Oct. 25.

St. Cloud: May Start (Summer)

Priority deadline: Nov. 15. Rolling admissions will continue until the final deadline on March 7.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for our CSS Post Bacc Nursing program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Currently registered as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA/NA-R), or have completed a relevant course. If you’re not certified yet, don’t worry! Check out St. Scholastica’s mostly online Nursing Assistant Training program to get started.


Before embarking on your nursing journey, you’ll need to fulfill certain prerequisites. Take a look at the list below:

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3-4 credits)
  • General Chemistry — no lab required (3-4 credits)*
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 OR Human Anatomy and Human Physiology) (6-8 credits total)*
  • Microbiology (no lab required) (3-4 credits)*
  • Nutrition (minimum 2 credits)
  • Statistics — Descriptive and Inferential (3-4 credits)
  • Pathopharmacology requirement: either option one OR option two*
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Option One:

  • Pathopharmacology course (minimum 3 credits) — can be taken at any institution

Option Two:

  • Pathophysiology PLUS a Pharmacology course (3-4 credits) — can be taken at any institution. These courses don’t have to be taken at the same college.

  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA/NA-R) registration or course completion (Science course)

Please note that all prerequisite courses must be completed before the program starts. We highly recommend having at least four prerequisite courses completed (with a grade) at the time of application, three of which should be science courses. Keep in mind that meeting the minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee admission to the program. However, the more prerequisites you’ve completed, the higher your chances of acceptance. The prerequisite courses are the foundation upon which the accelerated nursing curriculum builds. Understanding the pathophysiology of different diseases is crucial for providing optimal care to patients. If you feel like you need a refresher, especially in the science courses, consider retaking them to strengthen your knowledge and comprehension. We do accept CLEP credits for all prerequisite courses, provided that a CLEP exam is available.

*Please note that all prerequisite courses must be completed before the program starts.

Accepted Students

Congratulations on being accepted into our CSS Post Bacc Nursing program! To secure your spot, please complete the following requirements:

  • Submit a non-refundable deposit of $750 along with the Decision Response Form.
  • Successfully pass the Caregiver and Criminal Background checks, as these are mandatory for all our clinical agencies.
  • Provide a current CPR certificate with an expiration date. The course must be the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR or an equivalent.
  • Submit your CNA/NA-R registration.
  • Document completion of the immunization requirements.
  • Complete the required Online Orientation Module, which will be sent to accepted students approximately one month before the program start.
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Immunization Requirements

As a nursing student, it’s crucial to prioritize the health and safety of both yourself and your patients. That’s why we have specific immunization requirements in place. Ensure that you have the following immunizations:

  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • MMR: (two doses) or positive titers for measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Tdap: (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Positive titer OR two doses of varicella vaccine
  • Tuberculosis (TB): A negative tuberculin skin test (Mantoux). A two-step test is required, with the second test being conducted 1-3 weeks after the first. Both tests must yield negative results.
  • Hepatitis B series: (three vaccines) OR a positive titer
  • Influenza

That wraps up the essential information about our CSS Post Bacc Nursing program. If you’re ready to pursue a rewarding career in nursing, visit ProgramMatek’s website for more details. We look forward to welcoming you into our community of aspiring nurses!