Saint Louis University

About our Degrees

Traditional Four-Year Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (TBSN)
Our direct entry BSN program is for students beginning college directly after high school or students looking to transfer from another university or community college. Our program is study abroad friendly, offers clinical experience in numerous St. Louis area hospitals and our advanced simulation labs.

Accelerated One-Year Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
Our program is designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and would like to complete a BSN program in 12 months. Our program has a diverse student body with students coming from all backgrounds including: education, health sciences, biology, marketing, sales, law, social work, and finance. The Accelerated BSN program begins once a year in late-May and the typical course schedule is Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.  We also offer a 21 month Accelerated Generalist Master's of Science in Nursing program for those students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and would like to earn a MSN.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
This program is designed for students who are already RN's but would like a bridge program to complete their BSN. Our program is offered online and requires no campus visits.

Accelerated Master's of Science in Nursing (AMSN)
This 21 month program is designed for individuals who are not Registered Nurses but have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field. The graduate will earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) and be prepared to sit for both the nursing licensure exam (RN) and certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Students in this program will have a career interest in education and leadership within the nursing community. The AMSN program begins once a year in the fall semester and the typical schedule is Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP)
Our online MSN-NP program is geared towards BSN graduates who are looking to become a nurse practitioner (NP).  We offer full- and part-time options that range between 2-4 years to complete.  This is truly a distance learning program as student's are only required to make one campus visit during the entire program and precepted clinicals are completed at the student's location.  We accept student's twice a year during the fall and spring semesters.  

Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL)
Our hybrid (part online and part onsite) MSN-CNL program is a non-advanced practice option which will prepare students to function as a Clinical Nurse Leader.  The CNL will provide leadership at the point of care focusing on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, interprofessional communication and evidence based practice. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system who coordinates the care of a distinct group of patients and actively provides or oversees direct patient care in complex situations.  The flexible curriculum is offered on-site once a week in a hybrid on-site/on-line method.  This program is offered part-time and is completed in 2 years. We accept student's twice a year during the fall and spring semesters.

Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-MSN NP Certificate)
The online Post-Master's certificate programs are available for students who already possess an MSN to pursue coursework for the nurse practitioner role. Our program requires only one campus visit and clinicals are completed at the student's location. A minimum of 15 credit hours is required for completion of a post-master's certificate program and student's typically complete this program in 1-1.5 years. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate (BSN to DNP)
This online 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 BSN-DNP program 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. Our program is available to students who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  This program requires only two campus visits and can be completed in 4-5 years.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Master's (MSN to DNP)
The online DNP program 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 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.  Our 28 credit hour program requires only two trips to campus and can be completed in 2 years and 4 months.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD)
Saint Louis University's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program is an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and student-friendly PhD program that prepares RNs as scholars and skilled researchers. Students who complete the PhD program contribute to the continued development of the discipline and profession of nursing by integrating advanced knowledge to construct and test models, developing and implementing programs of research to expand the knowledge base, applying ethical principles in analyzing health- and practice-related issues, and providing leadership for academic and/or clinical nursing.  We offer online and on-campus options with full-time and part-time study plans for the PhD nursing program.

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