Nursing (RN to B.S.N.)

Our online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers all the quality of a Saint Louis University nursing education with the resources and flexibility working RNs require.

RN to B.S.N. students

Major in Nursing

RN to B.S.N. students at SLU are supported through individualized curriculum plans, faculty mentorship, and online access to our library and writing center.

You can choose from either a full-time or part-time option. No testing is required to validate previous nursing education.

SLU RN to B.S.N. students are required to complete 55 hours (depending on transfer credits) of pre-nursing curriculum, including classes in communication, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and life sciences through the School for Professional Studies.

Once credit for the pre-nursing courses have either been completed through SPS or transferred to SLU, students transfer to the School of Nursing and can complete their B.S.N. courses in as little as two semesters.

Thirty eight credit hours of nursing coursework can be awarded by passing the NCLEX exam or through prior experience. Remaining nursing coursework must be completed through the School of Nursing.

Curriculum
Pre-Nursing Courses (55 Credit Hours)
  • Communication - 6 Credit Hours (any literature, speech or communication course, or an English course 1900 or above.)
  • Managing Information - 3 Credit Hours (Any informatics, computer technology, computer or computer information systems course)
  • Values - 3 Credit Hours (Any diversity, ethics, bio-or medical ethics course.)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - 6 Credit Hours (Any psychology, social science, history, public policy, government, anthropology, education, organizational studies, economics, social work, or growth and development course.)
  • Humanities and Fine/ Performing Arts - 6 Credit Hours (Theology 1000 or any Theology course above 1000; plus any theology, religion, fine or performing arts, philosophy, foreign language, or women's and gender studies course.)
  • Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours (any college algebra, mathematics, or data analysis/statistics course, level 1000 or above.)
  • Life and Physical Sciences - 6 Credit Hours (Any anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, microbiology, or other life/ physical science course, 1000 level or above.)
  • Other Arts and Sciences - 22 Credit Hours (Courses from any category.)
Nursing Major Courses (65 Credit Hours)
  • Credit by Examination - 38 Credit Hours (U.S. Licensure; Passed NCLEX)
  • Conceptual Framework for Practice - 3 Credit Hours
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing - 3 Credit Hours
  • Public and Community Health Nursing - 4 Credit Hours
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing - 3 Credit Hours
  • Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse - 3 Credit Hours
  • Health Policy, Finance and Regulation - 3 Credit Hours
  • Community Health Project - 2 Credit Hours
  • Elective - 3 Credit Hours (Any 4800 level or higher nursing elective.)
  • Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition - 3 Credit Hours (Credit by examination.)
Total: 120 Credit Hours
Internships and Careers

A bachelor's degree in nursing makes graduates strong candidates for promotion, particularly for administrative and managerial jobs. Graduates are also qualified to teach students at technical and community colleges who are enrolled in licensed practical nursing programs and certified nursing assistant programs.

You may also go on to pursue advanced practice roles, including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leaderand nurse anesthetist with additional graduate-level coursework.

Faculty

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.

Admission Requirements

Students must be graduates of associate degree or hospital diploma programs who have passed the U.S. NCLEX examination, are registered with a state board of nursing and have an unencumbered license. Interested students must apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies.

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Online Applications 

Saint Louis University School of Nursing is currently accepting applications to the RN to B.S.N. program from Missouri, Illinois and the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

 


Accessibility

Discounted Tuition and Online Options

The RN to BSN program can be completed entirely online. Saint Louis University partners with several St. Louis area health care providers to offer its employees discounted tuition rates. Ask your employer if SLU is an educational partner for our RN to BSN program.