Nursing (Accelerated M.S.N.)

Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing offers a 21-month, five-semester accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program that will prepare you to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL).

About the Program

SLU’s accelerated Master of Science in Nursing is the first of its kind in Missouri. This 21-month, five-semester program is designed for individuals who are not registered nurses but have already earned a baccalaureate degree in another field. By completing the program, you will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing and be prepared to sit for both the nursing licensure exam and certification as a clinical nurse leader.

About Clinical Nurse Leaders

Clinical nurse leaders coordinate the care of a distinct group of patients and actively provide direct patient care in complex situations. They focus on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, interprofessional communication and evidence-based practice.

This is not an advanced practice role, and graduates of the accelerated master’s program will not be prepared for certification as a nurse practitioner.

Program Highlights

The increasing number and range of opportunities available in nursing today make the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing the perfect second-degree option. Unique features of this program include:

  • Minimum prerequisite course requirements
  • Excellent clinical experiences at major St. Louis-area hospitals and health care facilities
  • Faculty who are nationally recognized for teaching, research, leadership and student mentorship
  • State-of-the-art classroom and simulation laboratory facilities
Curriculum and Program Details
Fall - Year 1   
  • NURS 4600: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 5115: Advanced Health Assessment for the Generalist Nurse
  • NURS 5170-09: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 5005: Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion
Spring - Year 1   
  • NURS 5010: Nursing Strategies In Physiological Health Alterations
  • NURS 5015: Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations
  • NURS 5205: Evidence-based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse
  • HCE 5500:  Ethics in Nursing and Health Care
Summer - Year 1   
  • NURS 5601: Clinical Studies I
    NURS 5602: Clinical Studies II
  • NURS 5020: Health Care Systems and Policy
Fall - Year 2   
  • NURS 5603: Clinical Studies III
  • NURS 5604: Advanced Clinical Studies
  • NURS 5025: Informatics and Quality Improvement
  • NURS 5080-09: Advanced Pharmacology
Spring - Year 2
  • NURS 5605: Practicum in Clinical Leadership, plus IPE Team Seminar
  • NURS 5606: Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advanced Generalists
  • Two electives

Saint Louis University's nursing faculty is nationally recognized for its teaching expertise, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship. Faculty members from the School of Nursing have won numerous prestigious awards, honors and fellowships. 

Students learn from faculty who are expert teachers and clinicians who excel in their nursing specialty areas and in nursing education. For six out of the last seven years, a Saint Louis University faculty member has been named the top nursing educator in the region in St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing awards.

All nursing faculty are master's-prepared; the majority are doctorally prepared.

After graduating from the accelerated M.S.N. program, you will be prepared to sit for both the nursing licensure exam and certification as a clinical nurse leader.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Saint Louis University makes every effort to assist students with financial aspects of their education. The University's Office of Student Financial Services is your most important resource for financial assistance.

Applicant Criteria

  • Non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degree  
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework, preferably within the last five years:
      • Microbiology (3 credit hours)
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credit hours) 
      • Inferential Statistics (3 credit hours)

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Official transcript(s)
Two letters of recommendation
Professional goal statement

Application Deadline

Although the application deadline is July 1, we strongly encourage students to apply and submit all supporting documents by February 1, as space is limited.

Review Process

The School of Nursing admits students on a rolling basis, typically beginning in February, and there is a deadline to accept an offer of admission.

Requirements for International Students

Due to the rigor of this accelerated program, we recommend a 94 iBT and a score of 7.0 on the IELTS for this program. At minimum, an 80 on the computer-based TOEFL (iBT) or a 6.5 on the IELTS, as demonstration of students' English proficiency is required.