Saint Louis University School of Nursing offers a direct entry traditional four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The School of Nursing is located on Saint Louis University's Campus, directly across from Saint Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, two of the sites where students complete their clinicals. The school offers state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs, practice labs, and classrooms. Additionally, the Medical Center Library, dining options, student advisors, and academic support resources are all located within or near the School of Nursing.
Students are directly admitted to the School of Nursing as freshmen and our Introduction to Nursing course is immediately introduced within the first year of study.
Students begin practice lab experiences in the fall semester of their sophomore year while clinical experiences begin in the spring semester. Students will complete clinical experiences across all major nursing specialties throughout our program. The School of Nursing has clinical agreements with more than 50 off-campus hospitals, clinics and health agencies in the St. Louis area to provide the clinical experience. The student-teacher ratio for clinical courses are 6-8:1 while the ratio for our simulation lab experiences are 2-3:1.
The School of Nursing operates a state-of-the-art simulation facility designed to bridge theory with practice. We designed our simulations around the most common disease events nurses encounter including, but not limited to, chest pains, congestive heart failure, dehydration, confusion and asthma. Our simulation lab includes two hospital units, four exam rooms, 16 hospital beds and two control rooms where instructors behind one-way glass operate nine, moderate-to-high-fidelity manikins that simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions found in a real-care setting. Additionally, we utilize two debriefing rooms where students and faculty meet immediately after each simulation to watch the recorded activity and review the positives and areas of improvement of every simulation experience.
NCLEX Pass Rate
The Saint Louis University School of Nursing NCLEX pass rate for all of 2015 was 89.9%.
Students at SLU learn from faculty who are expert teachers and clinicians who excel in their specialty areas and in nursing education. All nursing faculty are master's-prepared; the majority are doctorally-prepared. Throughout the years, the School of Nursing faculty have played a pivotal role in advancing the growing field of nursing research.
Saint Louis University offers more than 40 study abroad programs all over the world, including its very own SLU Madrid campus. Most nursing students who study abroad will do so for one or two semesters. However, students may spend two years abroad in the International Nursing Option (Two Years in Madrid, Spain and Two Years in St. Louis, Missouri). Whatever you choose, you will expand your worldview, gain an appreciation and understanding of a different culture and develop valuable and transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and adaptability.
All School of Nursing sophomore level nursing courses are offered on our Madrid campus to enable students who wish to spend a year or semester abroad to do so. Up to 60 nursing students can be accommodated on the Madrid campus in each of the fall and spring semesters. A 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the freshmen year is required to take nursing classes in Madrid in the fall semester. A 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of freshmen year is required to take nursing classes in Madrid in the spring semester. If more than 60 students express interest in going to Madrid in a given semester, SLUSON will use a lottery method to select students for placement in that semester. Although nursing courses are not offered in Madrid in the summer semester, it is possible for students to take some of their required general education courses in Madrid in the summer.
Students who successfully complete the BSN program may be eligible to take the NCLEX, the licensing exam for RNs. Graduates of the program have the education and experience to take nursing jobs in any area of nursing that hires new RNs. The nursing job market is strong nationwide. As a result, the school expects 100% of our graduates to be hired as RN's or accepted into graduate programs.