About SLU's School of Nursing

Saint Louis University has been a national leader in nursing education since 1928. We have a national reputation for innovative and pioneering bachelor's, master's, post-master's nurse practitioner certificate and doctoral (D.N.P. and Ph.D.) programs.  

SLU’s School of Nursing programs are nationally recognized for their innovative and comprehensive curricula. Throughout the years, the School of Nursing's faculty has played a pivotal role in advancing the growing field of nursing research.

School of Nursing Milestones 

  • 1971: SLU becomes the first university in the country to offer an accelerated BSN program for qualified students seeking a fast-track bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 1990: SLU offers the the first Ph.D. in nursing in Missouri.
  • 1997: The first web-based distance learning program at SLU is offered through the School of Nursing.
  • 2000: SLU begins offering Missouri’s first totally online Master of Science in Nursing degree.
  • 2003: We are first in the nation to offer an online certificate program that prepares nurses to assume a leadership role in case of a natural disaster or terror attack.
  • 2006: SLU develops the nation’s first interprofessional core curriculum, which teaches nursing students the best ways to work closely with other health care providers.
  • 2008: We are the first in the St. Louis area to offer the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree, a doctoral degree for advanced practice nurses that focuses on patient care.

Mission Statement

The mission of SLU's School of Nursing is education of "the whole person" — mind, body, heart and spirit — within a dynamic, diverse and technological society. The School of Nursing, an integral unit of Saint Louis University, seeks to fulfill its mission of education and leadership in the development of nursing as a discipline and profession through teaching, research, practice and service in ways consistent with the Catholic, Jesuit values of the University. The School of Nursing acts responsibly by setting priorities and exercising stewardship to assure the best use of its resources.

The school, through the teaching component of the mission, prepares students at baccalaureate, master's, post-master's and doctoral levels for professional nursing practice and interprofessional collaboration to care for the whole person, the "cura personalis."

The school creates a student-centered environment that recognizes and actively addresses the diverse learning needs of students and an academic climate that promotes intellectual inquiry among faculty and students.

The school, through the research component of the mission, advances the active engagement of faculty and the involvement of students in the innovative scholarly process of discovery, dissemination and translation of knowledge. The school promotes interprofessional collaboration in the conduct of research to maintain or improve health.

The school, through the service/practice component of the mission, promotes quality health care of individuals, families and communities to alleviate ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger; extend compassionate care to the ill and needy; and to maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons. Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and graduates provide this holistic care by working with people in diverse environments to maintain or improve health.