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    SLU's online nursing degree program is designed for busy adults like you who wish to continue their nursing education at Saint Louis University.

    The online RN to BSN program is designed to meet the needs of RNs who wish to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

    The RN to BSN nursing program at Saint Louis University is available in an online format and offered in partnership between the School for Professional Studies and the School of Nursing.

    All courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with online and evening classes.

    Unique features of this online RN to BSN program include:

    • No required testing to validate previous nursing degree program education.
    • Direct transfer of previous nursing education credit hours. Up to 38 credit hours of qualified diploma or associate nursing degree program courses may be awarded and applied towards the nursing credit hours required for the BSN.
    • Easy transfer of previous college-level general education credit hours. Up to 64 credit hours may be awarded and applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

    Our Partnership for Nursing Degree Programs

    A student will need to apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies in accordance with SPS guidelines. They will then take up to 53 credit hours (depending on transfer credits) of SPS pre-nursing core courses. After successful completion (C- or higher) of the SPS pre-nursing core courses, the student will transfer to the School of Nursing as a RN to BSN program major. Here the student will complete the remaining nursing degree courses and elective courses to obtain their BSN degree.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll Tuition fee

    At Saint Louis University, we understand that investing in your education is an important commitment. We strive to make our courses affordable and accessible. Find our tuition rates online listed under ‘adult education’.

    Not specified Start date January,March,May,June,August,October 2015 Credits 120

    Saint Louis University offers a Bachelor's degree in Nursing online. This accelerated RN to BSN program is 120 credit hours and accepts transfer credits.

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    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Full-time Structure Semi-structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions) Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

    Course Content

    Nursing Careers

    Nursing: One of the fastest-growing careers in one of the fastest-growing career fields

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of nurses is expected to climb up to 22% over the 2008-2018 decade, faster than the average of ALL occupations. This growth is in large part due to technological breakthroughs, allowing a greater number of healthcare issues to be deemed treatable. Also, the aging baby-boomer population has increased the demand for nurses across America, as older people traditionally require more care than that of younger individuals.

    Nurses comprise the largest healthcare occupations in the U.S., with approximately 2.6 million jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, nearly 60% of those nursing positions are located in hospitals around the country.

    A career filled with caring

    As a nurse, an individual must possess a caring nature and the will to help others in need. A career as a nurse consists of utilizing many caring attributes in your daily responsibilities such as:

    • Administering treatment to patients
    • Recording medical histories and symptoms
    • Analyzing results from diagnostic tests
    • Educating patients and the public on various medical conditions
    • Providing service and support to patients’ families
    • Aiding in follow-ups and rehabilitation

    The faculty of Saint Louis University’s online BSN degree program helps RN students to blend nursing theory and practice to promote application of their studies to their work as nurses. We do the most we can to assure that our students receive state-of-the-art education from our distinguished faculty.


    • Total 120 Credits


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

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    RN to BSN Admission Criteria:

    • Age Restrictions: None
    • Work Experience as an RN: None
    • Education: Associate degree or diploma in Nursing from a program approved by a U.S. State Board of Nursing or with a nursing degree approved by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    • Interview: Successful completion of an admission meeting with an admissions counselor. This can be done over the phone or at one of our campus sites.
    • Grade Point Average: A minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance)
    • RN to BSN students must have successfully passed the U.S. National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX Exam) and be licensed as an RN by a State Board of Nursing to progress to the nursing courses.

    Saint Louis University currently accepts applications to the RN to BSN program from those who reside in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. When considering an out-of-state online program, the applicant should check with his/her State Board of Nursing and Department of Education regarding regulations pertaining to professional education outside their state.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Technological Requirements

    Computer requirements: • Windows users: Need a Pentium IV processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running either Windows XP or Vista • Macintosh users: Need a G4 processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running Mac OS 10.3 or higher • DSL connection or faster • Operable speakers should be connected Software requirements: • A Web browser, preferably Internet Explorer or Firefox • Java 2 Runtime Environment • Flash Player • Windows Media Player (Mac users can download the Flip4Mac player to view Windows Media files) • Real Player or an alternative • A word processing program, such as Microsoft Word • A presentation program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint • A spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel • Mac and Windows users can use Open Office as a free alternative to Microsoft Office

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Saint Louis University.


    Scholarships & Financial Aid

    There are are two main ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

    • Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, talent, service, leadership and financial need.
    • Financial aidcomes in the form of grants and loans, some of which will have to be repaid.

    Saint Louis University is committed to providing scholarship and financial aid programs to recognize academic excellence and to make a SLU education affordable for working adults.

    To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA forms are available in the University Office of Student Financial Services and online at

    For additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, click here.


    Accreditation is extremely vital to a school because it assures the students that the school's curricula and student body performance either meet or exceed particular standards. Earning accreditation implies the institution has at least met the thorough requirements and teaches pertinent curricula based on verified data. It's also important to note that being regionally accredited is the most recognized type of accreditation in the United States.

    Saint Louis University's accredited adult degree programs in St. Louis, Missouri are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. Sharing a long history, part of the HLC's meticulous process to approve continued accreditation is that SLU must undergo and submit a comprehensive Self-Study every 10 years. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916—most recently in 2012.

    The HLC's rigorous assessment and accreditation review acts as a major benefactor to Saint Louis University's reputation and curricula as a whole because it requires SLU to undertake and address any necessary improvements needed in its professional commitment to a mission of providing exceptional education to its students.

    Learn more about SLU's accreditation.

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