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Nursing (RN to B.S.N.)

Our online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers all the quality of a Saint Louis University nursing education with the resources and flexibility working RNs require.

RN to B.S.N. students

Major in Nursing

RN to B.S.N. students at SLU are supported through individualized curriculum plans, faculty mentorship, and online access to our library and writing center.

You can choose from either a full-time or part-time option. No testing is required to validate previous nursing education.

You will complete a total of 120 credit hours in this program. Thirty of the final 36 credit hours must be completed at SLU.

SLU RN to B.S.N. students are required to complete 55 hours (depending on transfer credits) of pre-nursing curriculum, including classes in communication, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and life sciences through the School for Professional Studies.

Once credit for the pre-nursing courses have either been completed through SPS or transferred to SLU, students transfer to the School of Nursing and can complete their B.S.N. courses in as little as two semesters.

Thirty eight credit hours of nursing coursework can be awarded by passing the NCLEX exam or through prior experience. Remaining nursing coursework must be completed through the School of Nursing.

Highlighted Courses


Pre-Nursing Courses (55 Credit Hours)
  • Communication - 6 Credit Hours (any literature, speech or communication course, or an English course 1900 or above.)
  • Managing Information - 3 Credit Hours (Any informatics, computer technology, computer or computer information systems course)
  • Values - 3 Credit Hours (Any diversity, ethics, bio-or medical ethics course.)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - 6 Credit Hours (Any psychology, social science, history, public policy, government, anthropology, education, organizational studies, economics, social work, or growth and development course.)
  • Humanities and Fine/ Performing Arts - 6 Credit Hours (Theology 1000 or any Theology course above 1000; plus any theology, religion, fine or performing arts, philosophy, foreign language, or women's and gender studies course.)
  • Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours (any college algebra, mathematics, or data analysis/statistics course, level 1000 or above.)
  • Life and Physical Sciences - 6 Credit Hours (Any anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, microbiology, or other life/ physical science course, 1000 level or above.)
  • Other Arts and Sciences - 22 Credit Hours (Courses from any category.)
Nursing Major Courses (65 Credit Hours)
  • Credit by Examination - 38 Credit Hours (U.S. Licensure; Passed NCLEX)
  • Conceptual Framework for Practice - 3 Credit Hours
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing - 3 Credit Hours
  • Public and Community Health Nursing - 4 Credit Hours
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing - 3 Credit Hours
  • Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse - 3 Credit Hours
  • Health Policy, Finance and Regulation - 3 Credit Hours
  • Community Health Project - 2 Credit Hours
  • Elective - 3 Credit Hours (Any 4800 level or higher nursing elective.)
  • Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition - 3 Credit Hours (Credit by examination.)
Internships and Careers

A bachelor's degree in nursing makes graduates strong candidates for promotion, particularly for administrative and managerial jobs. Graduates are also qualified to teach students at technical and community colleges who are enrolled in licensed practical nursing programs and certified nursing assistant programs.

You may also go on to pursue advanced practice roles, including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leaderand nurse anesthetist with additional graduate-level coursework.


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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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have completed an associate degree or hospital diploma program at a regionally accredited institution and have an unencumbered RN license.

Interested students must apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies.

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To qualify as "regionally accredited," an institution must be accredited by one of these regional accrediting bodies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly known as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Online Applications 

Saint Louis University School of Nursing accepts applications to its RN to B.S.N. program by registered nurses who are residing in one of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Note: Enrolled students must live in one of the listed states throughout all course work at Saint Louis University.



Discounted Tuition and Online Options

The RN to BSN program can be completed entirely online. Saint Louis University partners with several St. Louis area health care providers to offer its employees discounted tuition rates. Ask your employer if SLU is an educational partner for our RN to BSN program.