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Nursing Degree Programs

Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice at baccalaureate, master's, post-master's and doctoral levels. You will also learn methods of interprofessional collaboration that are critical for caring for the whole person, the "cura personalis."

Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing admission decisions are made without regard to race, color, creed, gender, disability or national origin.

Undergraduate Degrees

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Graduate Degrees

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  • Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (A.M.S.N.)
    This direct entry 21-month program is designed for students who are not registered nurses but have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field. You will earn a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and be prepared to sit for both the nursing licensure exam to become a registered nurse and certification as a clinical nurse leader (C.N.L.).
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.-N.P.)
    Guide to Online Schools badge.SLU’s online M.S.N.-N.P. program is ideal for B.S.N. graduates who want to become a nurse practitioner. We offer full- and part-time options that range between two and four years to complete. Students are only required to make two campus visits during the entire program, and precepted clinicals can be completed outside the St. Louis area.  Our MSN-NP program was featured on the 2020 Best Online Colleges for Value ranking by Guide to Online Schools and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks our MSN-NP program in the Best Graduate Schools survey.

  •  Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader (M.S.N.-C.N.L.)
    The M.S.N.-C.N.L. program is a non-advanced practice option that will prepare you to function as a clinical nurse leader. The M.S.N.-C.N.L program is offered online in a part-time format and is completed in two years.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice-Post-Baccalaureate (B.S.N.-D.N.P.)
    This online program addresses the growing need for doctorally prepared nurse clinicians/scholars and educators. SLU’s B.S.N.-D.N.P. program is a practice-focused doctoral degree that educates you to become an expert clinician, leader in health policy, and catalyst for improved health care delivery within an interprofessional environment. The program requires four campus visits and can be completed in four to five years.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice-Post-Master's (M.S.N.-D.N.P.)
    This program is available to students who possess a master's degree in an advanced practice area such as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. We offer two options within the M.S.N.-D.N.P. program: Advanced Nursing Practice and Nurse Executive Leader.  SLU’s 28-credit-hour program requires two trips to campus and can be completed in two years.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing-Post-Baccalaureate (B.S.N.-Ph.D.) and Post-Master's (M.S.N.-Ph.D.)
    SLU's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program is an innovative and student-friendly Ph.D. program that prepares registered nurses as scholars and skilled researchers. We offer online and on-campus options with full-time and part-time study plans.

Certificate Programs

Our online post-master's certificate programs allow students who already possess an M.S.N. to pursue coursework for the nurse practitioner role. The program requires two campus visits, and clinicals are completed at your location.