About the School
The School of Nursing has been a national leader in nursing education since founded in 1928. The School has achieved a national reputation for its innovative and pioneering programs and we are among a handful of accredited schools to offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Our programs are nationally recognized for their innovative and comprehensive curricula and we have welcomed students from across the country and around the world into our program.
The School of Nursing was the first school in the United States to establish a second degree Accelerated BSN program, first Accelerated Generalist Master of Science in Nursing program in Missouri, and the first nursing school in Missouri to offer a PhD program in nursing. The School became the first in the nation to offer complete master's degree programs online and the second in the state to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Throughout the years, School of Nursing faculty have played a pivotal role in advancing the growing field of nursing research. Current faculty research focuses on measures to test feeding tube placement, sensory problems in long-term care elders, sustaining exercise in middle age and elderly, nursing diagnosis, falls and fear of falling, health systems, adolescent mothers, physical activity, obesity, asthma and pain in children, bioterrorism and emerging infections, and other topics.
The School of Nursing is located at the Medical Center Campus of Saint Louis University. The Medical Center also includes the schools of Medicine and Public Health, the Doisy College of Health Sciences, and the centers for Health Care Ethics and Advanced Dental Education.
The mission of the 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 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.
Approval body: GFA
Last reviewed: May 2008
Reviewed and revised: November 18, 2013
Saint Louis University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.