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Nursing, M.S.N. (Accelerated)

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

About the Program

SLU’s direct entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN) 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. In 2017, our NCLEX pass rate was 94.4 percent. Students who are reviewing our AMSN program may also consider our one-year accelerated BSN program.

About Clinical Nurse Leaders

The master’s level coursework of SLU's direct entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program focuses on the competencies and role development you need to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL). 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 application of evidence-based practice.

Graduates often initially work as staff nurses, with their CNL skill set later allowing them to pursue advanced roles in health care.

This is not an advanced practice role. Graduates of this accelerated master’s program will not be prepared for certification as a nurse practitioner but may pursue a post-master’s certificate in that area.

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:

  • Nearly 1,000 hours of clinical experience throughout the program
  • Excellent clinical experiences at major St. Louis-area hospitals and health care facilities
  • Clinicals begin in the first semester of the program.
  • Minimum prerequisite course requirements (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology and Statistics)
  • 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 (3)
  • NURS 5115: Advanced Health Assessment for the Generalist Nurse (3)
  • NURS 5170-09: Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NURS 5035: Foundations in Nursing Care (3)
  • NURS 5145: Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion (3)
Spring - Year 1
  • NURS 5010: Nursing Strategies In Physiological Health Alterations (6)
  • NURS 5015: Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations (4)
  • NURS 5205: Evidence-based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (3)
  • HCE 5500: Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
Summer - Year 1
  • NURS 5601: Clinical Studies I (4)
  • NURS 5602: Clinical Studies II (4)
  • NURS 5020: Health Care Systems and Policy (3)
Fall - Year 2
  • NURS 5603: Clinical Studies III (4)
  • NURS 5604: Advanced Clinical Studies (4)
  • NURS 5025: Informatics and Quality Improvement (3)
  • NURS 5080-09: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Spring - Year 2
  • NURS 5605: Practicum in Clinical Leadership, plus IPE Team Seminar (5)
  • NURS 5606: Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advanced Generalists (3)
  • NURS 5607: Nursing synthesis (1)
  • NURS Elective: Fluid and Electrolytes (2)

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.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Applicant Criteria

Saint Louis University School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University’s and school’s mission and goals. We consider a balance of applicant experiences, attributes and academic metrics and consider how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.

  • Non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an international equivalent.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a C or higher, preferably within the last five years:
      • Microbiology (3 credit hours)
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credit hours)
      • Inferential Statistics (3 credit hours)

To qualify as "regionally accredited," an institution must be accredited by one of these regional accrediting bodies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly known as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Official transcript(s)*
Two letters of recommendation
Professional goal statement**

*Please mail transcripts to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
1 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

**The goal statement should outline your anticipated nursing career trajectory immediately post graduation for five years after and include an explanation of why you've decided on that path. The statement should be one-to-two pages and double spaced.

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.