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/lecture halls. Additionally, the Medical Center Library, dining options, student advisors, and academic support resources are all located within or near the School of Nursing building.
Students are directly admitted to the School of Nursing as freshmen and nursing courses are immediately introduced in the first year of study.
The School of Nursing has clinical agreements with more than 50 off-campus hospitals, clinics and health agencies in the St. Louis area. Students complete nursing clinical experiences in the areas of the childbearing family, the childrearing family, psychiatric/mental health, community/public health, adult and older adult health, and complex multi-system nursing.. Nursing faculty involve students in off-campus community health and wellness fairs and vaccine and flu clinics, which provide them with additional experience. The student-teacher ratio for non-precepted clinical courses at the school is 8:1.
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 for 100 percent of its graduates to be hired or accepted into master's programs.