Overview: The School of Nursing is located at Saint Louis University’s Medical Center, directly across from Saint Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Hospital, two of the sites where students complete their clinicals. The school has a state-of-the-art clinical skills lab, classrooms and lecture halls, computing facilities, library and resources on its campus.
Curriculum: Students are admitted to the School of Nursing as freshmen and nursing courses are immediately introduced in the first year of study.
The School of Nursing has clinical agreements with more than 50 off-campus hospitals, clinics and health agencies in the St. Louis area. Students complete nursing clinical experiences in pediatrics, OB, medical/surgical, gerontology, public health and psychiatric/mental health at these sites. Nursing faculty involve students in off-campus community health and wellness fairs and vaccine and flu clinics, which provide them with additional experience. The student-teacher ratio for clinical courses at the school is 8:1.
The school is fully accredited by the NLN and the Missouri Board of Nursing and has preliminary approval by CCNE.
Faculty: Students at SLU learn from faculty who are expert teachers and clinicians who excel in their specialty areas and in nursing education. All nursing faculty are master's-prepared; the majority are doctorally-prepared. Throughout the years, the School of Nursing faculty have played a pivotal role in advancing the growing field of nursing research.
Internships: SSM Hospitals and other area hospitals offer internships and fellowship programs for students enrolled in the BSN program. Through these programs, students work in a specialty area with a preceptor.
In addition, SLU Hospital recruits students at all levels to work as nurse aides and patient care assistants. Students also work in hospitals in their home towns.
Careers: Students who successfully complete the BSN program are eligible to take the NCLEX, the licensing exam for RNs. Graduates of the program have the education and experience to take nursing jobs in any area of nursing that hires new RNs. The nursing job market is extremely good nationwide. As a result, the school expects for 100 percent of its graduates to be hired or accepted into master's programs.