St Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
St Louis, Missouri 63103
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
RN to BSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
The RN to BSN Program offers the flexibility that most working RNs require. In addition, the program helps RNs make the most of their associate degree or diploma degree in nursing. Unique features of this program include:
-No required testing to validate previous nursing education.
-Direct transfer of previous nursing education credit hours. Up to 38 credit hours of qualified diploma or associate degree nursing courses may be awarded and applied towards the 60 nursing credit hours required for the BSN.
-Easy transfer of previous college-level general education credit hours. Up to 64 credit hours earned at an accredited community college, college or university may be awarded and applied towards the bachelor's degree.
-Nursing courses offered on-line or during evening hours.
-Non-nursing courses offered on-line or on-campus during day and evening hours in 8-week and 16-week sessions.
-Reduced tuition rate through the School for Professional Studies while completing the BSN degree. (Professional tuition rate through the School of Nursing for RN to BSN students)
-Part-time and full-time study programs available.
-Opportunity to take graduate-level nursing courses as an undergraduate student at the reduced, undergraduate tuition rate. (Eligibility requirements must be met)
BSN Program Details
Saint Louis University School of Nursing offers a full-time four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The School of Nursing is a direct admit program, nursing students at Saint Louis University are admitted as first-time freshmen from high school or as college transfer students. The School of Nursing and our faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in nursing education. We offer state-of-the-art classrooms and clinical labs, excellent clinical experiences in a wide variety of setting, and a low student/faculty ratio for all nursing theory and clinical courses. Our pass rates on the NCLEX exam is consistently above the national average. Graduates of our program are sought by hospitals and health care organizations across the country.
MSN Program Details
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Saint Louis University School of Nursing prepares RN's as leaders in the roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and educator through comprehensive coursework and practical experience in clinical settings. A variety of specialties and role preparations are offered to meet the demands of today's healthcare providers and patient care needs. The MSN program offers the flexibility that most working RN's require. All program specialties and options are offered completely online through the World Wide Web. The program requirements range from 38-45 credit hours of course work. Individualized full and part-time curriculum plans are possible. Most students are registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the MSN program by completing two additional pre-requisite "bridge courses".
Accelerated BSN Program Details
The Accelerated BSN Option is an intensive three-semester, 12-month bachelor of science in nursing degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another area of study. In addition, current baccalaureate students who have earned at least 77 credit hours, including those courses that meet the core graduation requirements at Saint Louis University (see Adm. Requirements), may be eligible to apply for the option.
As an innovator in nursing education, Saint Louis University School of Nursing created the Accelerated BSN the first and only program of its kind in the United States in 1971. The School of Nursing developed the program to specifically meet the growing demands of students who choose to pursue nursing after completing their undergraduate study. Since its inception, the Accelerated BSN Option has prepared excellent nurses who have made outstanding contributions to nursing clinical practice, education and research.
The increasing number and range of opportunities available in nursing today and the excellent job market throughout the U.S. make the Accelerated BSN the perfect second-degree option. Unique features of this program include:
-Twelve-month (May to May) program, completed in three full-time semesters. Other programs are typically 13 to 15 months long.
-Direct transfer of previous baccalaureate degree credits.
-Minimum Prerequisite Course Requirements.
-Admission available to junior- and senior-level baccalaureate students who meet admission requirements. There are a limited number of spaces available for junior and seinor level students.
-Excellent clinical experiences at major hospitals and health care facilities.
-Faculty who are nationally recognized for teaching, research, leadership and student mentorship.
-State-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities.
-Outstanding preparation for the NCLEX, the national licensing exam for RNs. Saint Louis University Accelerated graduates' pass rate has consistently been 96%-100%.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details
Saint Louis University School of Nursing is offering the online post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This program is being offered in response to the growing need for doctorally-prepared nurse clinicians/scholars and educators. DNP prepared professionals provide evidence-based interventions and best practices to support individuals, families, and populations, and develop systems of care, based on research utilization.
The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree that educates nurses to become expert clinicians, leaders in health policy, and catalysts for improved health care delivery within an interprofessional environment. This online program is available to students who possess a master's degree in an advanced practice area such as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
The DNP curriculum provides sequencing of courses in a flexible but rational manner. The courses are offered online in the fall and spring semesters with one course offered in the summer session. The program requires two campus visits to Saint Louis University. The first expected visit is a 2-3 day orientation at the beginning of the program. A second visit of 1-2 days is expected at the end of the program to present the capstone project. The post-master's DNP requires a total of 28 credit hours beyond the MSN. Students may transfer 5 to 6 credit hours of comparable graduate level coursework at the discretion of the School of Nursing.
1. Use advanced knowledge of mid-range and translational theories from nursing and other disciplines as a framework for advanced nursing practice.
2. Critically examine research and scholarship to support evidence-based clinical practice.
3. Exemplify ethical principles in the delivery of comprehensive health care.
4. Formulate strategies to maximize health in patient populations.
5. Develop clinical competence for advanced practice that provides consumers with primary, secondary, and/or tertiary health care.
6. Use technology and information to improve the health care.
7. Apply principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental sciences to recognized populations at risk, patterns of disease, and effectiveness of prevention and intervention.
8. Apply current knowledge of organizations and financing of the health care system to improve the outcomes of care.
9. Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes and systems for health care delivery.
10. Use business and management strategies for the provision of quality care and efficient use of resources.
11. Use advanced communication and leadership skills with interprofessional health care teams to create and evaluate health care delivery systems.
12. Influence health policy at institutional, local, state, and national levels.