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Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing offers students a direct entry program with 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.


Major in Nursing

SLU nursing students can begin their nursing curriculum during their very first semester on campus with “NURS 1400: Introduction to Nursing.” Later, you’ll learn to respond to the most common events nurses encounter, including chest pains, congestive heart failure, dehydration, confusion and asthma, in our innovative simulation lab. You’ll begin these practice lab experiences in the fall semester of your sophomore year and begin clinical experiences in the spring. You’ll also complete clinical experiences across all major nursing specialties throughout the program. The education you’ll receive at SLU is excellent. In 2016, 92.6 percent of our graduates passed the NCLEX — a rate nine points higher than the 2016 national average. In 2017, our NCLEX pass rates climbed to 94.4 percent.

In addition to our traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, SLU also offers an accelerated one-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.), an accelerated two-year Masters of Science in Nursing (A.M.S.N.) and a registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to B.S.N.).

Our nursing curriculum consists of science and nursing courses, as well as a core of courses that will provide you with a well-rounded liberal arts education background.

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.

  • High school diploma or acceptable score on the General Educational Development Test (GED)
  • High school GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite score of 24, with all sub-scores of 22 or higher.
  • SAT score of 1160 or higher
  • High school or college entry-level chemistry and biology courses
  • Extracurricular activities are considered in admission decisions.
  • Submitting a completed application by Dec. 1 is highly recommended.

External Transfer

Please note that entry into the traditional nursing program for external transfer students is extremely limited and is wholly dependent on space availability in the program, which in some years results in no external transfer students being admitted. In years where space is available, there are more applicants than spots available, so entry is not guaranteed.

Please contact Scott Ragsdale at or the Transfer Admission office at 314-977-2500 to determine if the School of Nursing is accepting transfer students before applying or visiting. 

  • Transfer GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Successful completion of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology OR Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, Chemistry, and Lifespan Human Growth and Development is recommended.
  • Extracurricular activities are considered in admission decisions.
  • The transfer application deadline for fall is April 1.

Junior Entry Accelerated BSN

Undergraduate students who have earned at least 77 credit hours and meet additional admission criteria may be eligible to apply for the Junior Entry accelerated option.  Please contact Scott Ragsdale at for more information.

Intra-University Transfers

For current Saint Louis University students - Intra-University Transfers (IUTs): Students who enroll, as new freshmen at Saint Louis University in a college or school other than Nursing and transfer to the School of Nursing will be the second group considered for admission after the students who enrolled as new freshmen in the SLU School of Nursing.

  • A 3.2 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ability to demonstrate successful completion of science courses, preferably at Saint Louis University.

*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.

Highlighted Courses

To complete all required courses for a B.S.N. degree within four undergraduate years, SLU provides each student with curriculum guides, as well as assistance from academic advisers and faculty mentors.

Freshman - Fall (17 Credit Hours)

  • Chemistry (CHEM 1083)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1050)
  • General Psychology (PSY 1010)
  • Microbiology (BLS 2100 or NURS 1500)
  • Introduction to Nursing (NURS 1400)
Block 1A
  • Human Development through the Lifespan (NURS 1430)

Freshman - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

  • Human Anatomy (ANAT 1000)
  • Theological Foundations (THEO 1000
  • Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics (HCE 2010)
  • Statistics (STAT 1100)
  • Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (ENGL 1900)
Block 1B
  • Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care (IPE 1100)

Sophomore - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

  • Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice (NURS 2500)
  • Health Assessment (NURS 3200)
  • Human Physiology (PPY 2545)
Block 2A
  • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (NURS 2510)
  • Health Care Systems and Health Promotion OR General Ed Elective (IPE 3500 or Gen Ed Elective)

Sophomore - Spring (18 Credit Hours)

  • Critical Issues in Evidence Based Nursing (NURS 2700)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care (NURS 3330)
  • Pathophysiology (NURS 3600)
  • Sociology (any SOC)
Block 2B
  • Foundation for Nursing Care (NURS 2520)
  • Applied Decision Making in Interprofessional Practice (IPE 4200)

Junior - Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Block 3A
  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult (NURS 3470)
  • Nursing of Childrearing Family (NURS 3490)
  • Community/Public Health Nursing (NURS 3440)
  • Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments (NURS 3100)

Junior - Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Block 3B
  • Nursing Care of the Adult (NURS 3460)
  • Nursing Care of Childbearing Family (NURS 3480)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (NURS 3430)
  • Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach (NURS 3370)

Senior - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

  • Leadership and Management (NURS 4100)
  • Fine Arts
  • Nursing or General Ed Elective
  • Literature
Block 4A
  • Nursing Immersion Practicum (NURS 4200)
  • Integrative IP Prac Exp (IPE 4900)

Senior - Spring (14 Credit Hours)

  • Integrative Seminar on Issues in Nursing Practice (NURS 4150)
  • Synthesis of Nursing Concepts (NURS 4400)
  • Nursing Elective
  • History
Block 4B
  • Complex Multi-System Theory (NURS 4300)
  • Complex Multi-System Practicum (NURS 4350)
Internships and Careers

SSM Health, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and other St. Louis-area hospitals offer internships and fellowship programs for students enrolled in SLU’s B.S.N. program. Through these programs, you will work in a clinical specialty area with a nurse preceptor. SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital also recruits students at all levels to work as patient care technicians while enrolled in our nursing program. You may also choose to intern at hospitals in your hometown.

SLU 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.


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.

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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Study Abroad

Spend Up to Two Years in Madrid

Nursing students also have the opportunity to spend all or part of their first two years in the nursing program studying in Spain at Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus. The majority of students will spend one semester abroad.