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Nursing, B.S. (Accelerated)

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Saint Louis University’s accelerated B.S.N. option (ABSN) is an intensive three-semester, 12-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another area of study. However, undergraduate students who have at least 77 credits may be eligible to apply for the junior-entry accelerated option.

Saint Louis University created the accelerated B.S.N. program in 1971, which was the first and only program of its kind in the United States. The School of Nursing developed the program to specifically meet the growing demands of students who choose to pursue nursing after completing their undergraduate study. The program 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. The ABSN program begins once a year in May with a summer session and extends through two additional semesters. This program is in person, hands-on and high touch, located in St. Louis, on the campus of Saint Louis University. Course requirements total 53 credits and include practice lab and clinical work. Due to the accelerated pace of the ABSN program, it is strongly recommended that students do not work while attending school.

Apply here to be considered for SLU's ABSN cohort: NursingCAS and select "Saint Louis University."

Students who are reviewing our ABSN program may also consider our direct entry 21-month accelerated M.S.N. program.

Curriculum Overview

Our accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program (ABSN) has the same outcomes as the traditional four-year option. It incorporates an integrated approach to learning, early synthesis and application of concepts and concentration on the nursing major. 


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.

Admission Requirements

The Trudy Busch Valentine 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. While we do consider academic metrics, we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.

Licensure Disclosure

The curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri. Note that the Missouri Board of Nursing may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license; we encourage you to investigate these requirements.

The School of Nursing has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for nursing licensure in any other states or territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory before accepting an offer of admission from SLU.

Students with a Non-Nursing Baccalaureate or Higher Degree

To be considered for admission, you must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an international equivalent, with a grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.00 system in previous college work. If you do not meet the 3.2 GPA requirement, we have a holistic admissions process. This process will be detailed in an official emailed letter to you after your initial application is completed. The items we review for holistic admissions are community service, life experience, values, beliefs, integrity, maturity and leadership skills. 

Prior to beginning the program, you must complete the following course prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher from a regionally accredited university, college or community college. Contact for an unofficial transcript review.

ABSN Prerequisites

  • Chemistry (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy* (3 credits)
  • Human Physiology* (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Inferential and Descriptive Statistics (3 credits)
  • Theology or Religion (3 credits)
  • Ethics or Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development/Lifespan Psychology (3 credits)
  • Social Behavioral Science (3 credits)
  • Written Composition (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
  • Any History, Literature, Politics, Geography, Philosophy, Religion, or Art (3 credits)

*Human Anatomy and Human Physiology can be substituted for Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II; however, you must take either-or, not a combination. 

Requirements for Undergraduate Non-Degreed Students (Junior Entry)

You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.00 system in previous college work and at least 77 transferable credits from a regionally accredited university, college or community college. The 77 credits must include all courses necessary to meet School of Nursing requirements. A minimum of 130 credits is required to graduate from the ABSN program. 

Prior to beginning the program, you must complete the following course prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher from a regionally accredited university, college or community college. For more information regarding the junior entry ABSN option, email

Junior Entry ABSN Prerequisites

  • Written Composition (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Inferential and Descriptive Statistics (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Microbiology (3 credits) 
  • Ethics or Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy* (3 credits)
  • Human Physiology* (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Theology or Religion (3 credits)
  • Chemistry with Lab (4 credits)
  • Social Behavioral Science (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • History (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)

*Human Anatomy and Human Physiology can be substituted for Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II; however, you must take either-or, not a combination. 

Application Process

Applying for the accelerated B.S.N. option requires careful planning to ensure that all admission requirements are met. You may experience a significant delay in processing if the application instructions are not followed exactly as listed. Although there is no official application deadline, we encourage you to complete the application process as soon as possible, as space is limited.

We cannot accept students who have been dismissed from previous nursing programs or have non-successful completion in courses such as pharmacology and/or pathophysiology, regardless of the program.

Please follow the four steps below to apply:

  • Step 1 - Application
    Submit the application form and pay the associated fee through NursingCAS. Select Saint Louis University. Note that current SLU junior entry applicants petitioning to transfer into the ABSN program should not submit a transfer application.  
  • Step 2: Transcripts
    Please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended directly to NursingCAS. They will provide details when the application is initiated. If you have completed college credits outside of the United States, you must submit:
    • The official evaluated transcript from an accredited credential evaluation service (WES or ECE)
    • The official foreign transcript
  • Step 3: Personal Statement
    Attach your personal statement within the NursingCAS application. The statement should outline your goals for your nursing career. The statement should be one-to-two pages and double-spaced.
  • Step 4: Letters of Recommendation
    Attach one letter of recommendation within the NursingCAS application.
  • Step 5: Resume/Curriculum Vitae (optional)
    Attach your CV/résumé within the NursingCAS application.

Review Process

The application review process begins in October and applications are reviewed monthly until the program is full. Decisions for junior entry students begin in early January after the application has been completed, transcripts have been verified and the associated CAS fee has been paid. 

A review of your official transcripts will be conducted when every item above has been received. Notification of your eligibility for consideration for admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program will be sent to you from the School of Nursing. This correspondence will include a list of any required course prerequisites that you must complete prior to full admission to the accelerated option.

For more information, contact


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Undergraduate Tuition $54,760

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students who previously earned a bachelor's degree and are now seeking a second bachelor's degree do not qualify for most Saint Louis University undergraduate scholarships and/or federal grants.

Financial Aid may be available in the form of federal and private student loans. Federal loan eligibility is based on what was previously borrowed as an undergraduate student. For more information visit federal student loan limits. Federal loan consideration requires a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View information on federal and private loans.View a preferred private student loan lender list.

School of Nursing Scholarships

We award all ABSN students a scholarship; the amount is dependent upon funds available for the given academic year. Students will be notified of the award three to four weeks before the program begins and this scholarship will be evenly split between the fall and spring semesters. Review our scholarship application process to submit your application for consideration.


The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations in the greater St. Louis area.

  1. Graduates will be able to relate to people as unique individuals possessing worth, dignity, and potential for self-actualization.
  2. Graduates will be able to synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and natural, social, behavioral, and nursing sciences to provide safe, effective nursing care.
  3. Graduates will be able to establish relationships based on an understanding of self and others, and of interpersonal and group dynamics.
  4. Graduates will be able to practice in a variety of settings with clients of all ages and diverse sociocultural backgrounds.
  5. Graduates will be able to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, in the application of the nursing process, to achieve optimal client adaptation.
  6. Graduates will be able to assist clients, at any point on the health-illness continuum, to mobilize and use adaptive resources for promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
  7. Graduates will be able to collaborate with interprofessional colleagues, community representatives, and consumers to enhance health care.
  8. Graduates will be able to apply evidence-based knowledge as the basis for safe, effective nursing practice.
  9. Graduates will be able to apply the professional code of ethics and professional standards to clinical practice.
  10. Graduates will be able to demonstrate personal and professional responsibility, accountability and self-direction.
  11. Graduates will be able to demonstrate leadership principles in professional and interprofessional practice.
  12. Graduates will be able to demonstrate understanding of health care policy issues, trends and strategies as they influence accessibility, accountability and affordability in health care delivery.
  13. Graduates will be able to utilize appropriate information and healthcare technologies to enhance the delivery of client care.
NURS 2500Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice3
NURS 2515Health Promotion Across the Lifespan2
NURS 3200Health Assessment3
NURS 2520Foundations for Nursing Care3
NURS 3360Pathophysiology4
NURS 3330Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care3
NURS 3565Adult/Older Adult Health I4
NURS 3575Adult/Older Adult Health II4
NURS 2705Interprofessional Issues in Evidence Based Care 2
NURS 4105Leadership and Management2
NURS 3375Essentials Of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach2
NURS 3435Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing4
NURS 3445Public Health Nursing4
NURS 3485Maternal/Neonatal Nursing3
NURS 3495Child Health Nursing3
NURS 4305Complex Care Theory2
NURS 4355Complex Care Practicum4
NURS 4405Synthesis of Nursing Concepts1
Total Credits53

Continuation Standards

The School of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

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.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
NURS 2500 Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 2515 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 2
NURS 2520 Foundations for Nursing Care 3
NURS 3200 Health Assessment 3
NURS 3330 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care 3
NURS 3360 Pathophysiology 4
NURS 2705 Interprofessional Issues in Evidence Based Care 2
NURS 3375 Essentials Of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach 2
NURS 3435
or NURS 3445
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
or Public Health Nursing
NURS 3565 Adult/Older Adult Health I 4
NURS 3575 Adult/Older Adult Health II 4
NURS 4105 Leadership and Management 2
NURS 3445
or NURS 3435
Public Health Nursing
or Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3485 Maternal/Neonatal Nursing 3
NURS 3495 Child Health Nursing 3
NURS 4305 Complex Care Theory 2
NURS 4355 Complex Care Practicum 4
NURS 4405 Synthesis of Nursing Concepts 1
 Total Credits53

Program Notes

The ABSN program begins in the summer term. With the exception of NURS 2500 Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice (3 cr), NURS 3200 Health Assessment (0,3 cr), NURS 3330 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care (3 cr), NURS 3360 Pathophysiology (4 cr), NURS 3435 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (0,4 cr) and NURS 3445 Public Health Nursing (0,4 cr), courses are offered only once per year.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact the School of Nursing's recruitment and enrollment staff:

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