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About SLU's Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

Saint Louis University has been a national leader in nursing education since 1928. We have a national reputation for innovative and pioneering bachelor's, master's, post-master's nurse practitioner certificate and doctoral (D.N.P. and Ph.D.) programs.

SLU’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing programs are nationally recognized for their innovative and comprehensive curricula. Throughout the years, the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing's faculty has played a pivotal role in advancing the growing field of nursing research.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the website of the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University, a national leader in nursing education since 1928. Our students have the great opportunity to learn from leading educators, practitioners, and researchers in nursing, as well as from experts in medicine and related health disciplines. In various settings, from the classroom and virtual learning spaces to our simulation laboratory to external practice settings including hospitals, clinics, agencies, and communities, students gain first-hand experience with nursing and health care. We partner with a wealth of excellent health care sites in St. Louis, surrounding areas, and the nation. These include, but are not limited to, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Health, BJC HealthCare, Mercy Health, and United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Our students study the science and art of nursing, both its theoretical and clinical domains, as well as participate in health sciences interprofessional education.

Situated within the larger context of Saint Louis University with its Jesuit and Catholic mission, a distinguishing feature of our education is embodiment of Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person, including the person’s mind, body, heart, and spirit. Cura Personalis grounds everything we do as a caring community. We educate knowledgeable nursing leaders as men and women for others who will lead successful, ethical, and meaningful lives.

Nursing is the most trusted profession and nurses’ knowledgeable, compassionate care is needed worldwide to promote health, wellbeing, healing and the relief of suffering. We, in the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, are well-positioned to help students meet this worldwide need. We offer a scientific and values-based education for the generalist and advanced practice nurse and for PhD-prepared nurse scientists who will shape the discovery and generation of nursing knowledge.

We are passionate about nursing and the excellent education we offer. Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to hearing from you!


Danny G. Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Mission Statement

The mission of the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is education of “the whole person”—mind, body, heart and spirit, within a dynamic, diverse and technological society. The School of Nursing, an integral unit of Saint Louis University, seeks to fulfill its mission of education and leadership in the development of nursing as a discipline and profession through teaching, research, practice, and service in ways consistent with the Catholic, Jesuit values of the University. The School of Nursing acts responsibly by setting priorities and exercising stewardship to assure the best use of its resources.

The School, through the teaching component of the mission, prepares students at baccalaureate, master's, post-master's, and doctoral levels for professional nursing practice and interprofessional collaboration to care for the whole person, the “cura personalis”. The School creates a student-centered environment both on campus and with distance education that recognizes and actively addresses the diverse learning needs of students and an academic climate that promotes intellectual inquiry among faculty and students.

The School, through the research component of the mission, advances the active engagement of faculty and the involvement of students in the innovative scholarly process of discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge. The School promotes interprofessional collaboration in the conduct of research to maintain or improve health.

The School, through the service/practice component of the mission, promotes quality health care of individuals, families and communities to alleviate ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger; extend compassionate care to the ill and needy; and to maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons. Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty, staff, students, and graduates provide this holistic care by working with people in diverse environments to maintain or improve health.

  • 1971: SLU becomes the first university in the country to offer an accelerated BSN program for qualified students seeking a fast-track bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 1990: SLU offers the first Ph.D. in nursing in Missouri.
  • 1997: The first web-based distance learning program at SLU is offered through the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing.
  • 2000: SLU begins offering Missouri’s first totally online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner degree.
  • 2003: We are first in the nation to offer an online certificate program that prepares nurses to assume a leadership role in case of a natural disaster or terror attack.
  • 2006: SLU develops the nation’s first interprofessional core curriculum, which teaches nursing students the best ways to work closely with other health care providers.
  • 2008: We are the first in the St. Louis area to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree, a doctoral degree for advanced practice nurses that focuses on patient care.
  • 2010: SLU begins offering a 21-month direct entry Accelerated MSN program.
  • 2015: SLU begins offering a Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader program.
  • 2018: SLU School of Nursing celebrates it's 90th year.