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Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing offers students state-of-the-art classrooms and clinical labs, excellent clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings and a low student-to-faculty ratio for all clinical courses.

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Major in Nursing

SLU nursing students can begin their nursing curriculum during their very first semester on campus with “NURS 1400: Introduction to Nursing.” Later, you’ll learn to respond to the most common events nurses encounter, including chest pains, congestive heart failure, dehydration, confusion and asthma, in our innovative simulation lab.

In addition to our traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, SLU also offers an accelerated one-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.) and a registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to B.S.N.). You’ll begin practice lab experiences in the fall semester of your sophomore year and begin clinical experiences in the spring. You’ll also complete clinical experiences across all major nursing specialties throughout the program. 

Our nursing curriculum consists of science and nursing courses, as well as a core of courses that will provide you with a well-rounded liberal arts education background.

Applicant Criteria

Freshman

  • High school diploma or acceptable score on the General Educational Development Test (GED). 
  • High school GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  • ACT composite score of 24, with all sub-scores of 22 or higher.
  • SAT score of 1160 or higher.
  • High school or college entry-level chemistry and biology courses.
  • Extracurricular activities are considered in admission decisions.
  • Submitting a completed application by December 1 is highly recommended.

External Transfer

Please note that entry into the traditional Nursing program for external transfer students is extremely limited and is wholly dependent on space availability in the program, which in some years results in no external transfer students being admitted. In years where space is available, there are more applicants than spots available, so entry is not guaranteed.

Please contact Scott Ragsdale at sragsda2@slu.edu or the Transfer Admission office at 314-977-2500 to determine if the School of Nursing is accepting transfer students before applying or visiting. All undergraduate students who have earned at least 77 credit hours, may be eligible to apply for the Junior Entry accelerated option.

  • Transfer GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Successful completion of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology OR Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, Chemistry, and Lifespan Human Growth and  Development is recommended.
  • Extracurricular activities are considered in admission decisions.
  • The transfer application deadline for fall is April 1.

Intra-University Transfers

For current Saint Louis University students - Intra-University Transfers (IUTs):  Students who enroll, as new freshmen at Saint Louis University in a college or school other than Nursing and transfer to the School of Nursing will be the second group considered for admission after the students who enrolled as new freshmen in the SLU School of Nursing.

  • A 3.2 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ability to demonstrate successful completion of science courses, preferably at Saint Louis University.

*Per section 335.066 RSMo of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act: Completion of the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

Curriculum

To complete all required courses for a B.S.N. degree within four undergraduate years, SLU provides each student with curriculum guides, as well as assistance from academic advisers and faculty mentors.

  • NURS 1400: Introduction to Nursing
  • NURS 1430: Human Growth and Development
  • NURS 2500: Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 2510: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 2520: Foundations for Nursing Care
  • NURS 2700: Evidence Based Nursing
  • NURS 3330: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care
  • NURS 3360: Pathophysiology
  • NURS 3200: Health Assessment
  • NURS 3370: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach
  • NURS 3100: Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments
  • NURS 3430: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 3440: Public Health Nursing
  • NURS 3460: Nursing Care of the Adult
  • NURS 3470: Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • NURS 3480: Maternal/Neonatal Nursing
  • NURS 3490: Child Health Nursing
  • NURS 4400: Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
  • NURS 4300: Complex Care Theory
  • NURS 4350: Complex Care Practicum
  • NURS 4200: Nursing Immersion Practicum
  • NURS 4100: Leadership and Management
  • NURS 4150: Integrative Seminar in Nursing Practice
  • IPE 1100: Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care
  • IPE 3500: Health Care System and Health Promotion
  • IPE 4200: Appl Dec Making in IP Practice
  • IPE 4900: Integrated Interprofessional Practicum Experience
Internships and Careers

SSM Health, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and other St. Louis-area hospitals offer internships and fellowship programs for students enrolled in SLU’s B.S.N. program. Through these programs, you will work in a clinical specialty area with a nurse preceptor. SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital also recruits students at all levels to work as patient care technicians while enrolled in our nursing program. You may also choose to intern at hospitals in your hometown. 

SLU nursing graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform as an effective entry-level nurse. The School of Nursing expects its graduates to be successfully hired after graduation or accepted into graduate programs.

Faculty

Saint Louis University’s nursing faculty are nationally recognized for their teaching expertise, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship. In recent years, faculty from the School of Nursing have won numerous prestigious awards, honors and fellowships.

  • Kathleen Armstrong, M.S.N., RN
  • Deborah Artman, M.S.N. 
  • Margaret Benz, M.S.N.(R) 
  • Julie Bertram, M.S.N., RN
  • Margaret Bultas, Ph.D., RN
  • Bridgette Carnes, M.S.N., RN
  • Kathleen Carril, M.S.N.
  • Karen Cuvar, Ph.D. RN
  • Renee Davis, D.N.P., RN
  • Patricia Freed, Ed.D., RN
  • Kelli Fuller, D.N.P., RN
  • Omolara Fyle-Thorpe, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN
  • Emily Gunn, M.S.N.
  • Margaret Hassler, M.S.N., RN
  • Christopher Hemmer, D.N.P., RN
  • Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Ph.D., RN
  • Shellie Hill, D.N.P., RN
  • Cathy Koetting, D.N.P.
  • Jean Krampe, Ph.D., RN
  • Helen Lach, Ph.D., RN 
  • Kristine L’Ecuyer, Ph.D., RN
  • Kathleen Lobello, M.S.N., RN
  • Deborah Loman, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Lorenz, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Lovan-Gold, M.S.N., RN
  • Samantha Marquard, M.P.H.
  • Cristina McGroarty, M.S.N., RN
  • Laura McLaughlin, Ph.D.
  • Norma Metheny, Ph.D.
  • Geralyn Meyer, Ph.D.
  • Karen Moore, D.N.P.
  • Vicki Moran, Ph.D.
  • Geralyn Ochs
  • Michelle Papachrisanthou, D.N.P.
  • Christina Rariden, D.N.P.
  • Nichol Reeves
  • Cynthia Rubbelke
  • Ashley Schmuke
  • Joanne Schneider, Ph.D.
  • Bobbi Shatto, Ph.D.
  • Krista Simmons
  • Lee Smith, Ph.D.
  • Devita Stallings, Ph.D.
  • Rita Tadych, Ph.D.
  • John Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Carolyn von der Lancken
  • Nina Westhus, Ph.D.

Study Abroad

Spend Up to Two Years in Madrid

Nursing students also have the opportunity to spend all or part of their first two years in the nursing program studying in Spain at Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus. The majority of students will spend one semester abroad.