Accelerated Nursing

Saint Louis University’s accelerated B.S.N. option is an intensive three-semester, 12-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another area of study. Any undergraduate student who has earned at least 77 credit hours may be eligible to apply for the junior-entry accelerated option.

Nursing BSN

Major in Nursing

Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing offers students 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.

SLU’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program (ABSN) begins in May with a summer session and extends through two additional semesters. Course requirements total 54 credit hours and include practice lab and clinical work.  Students who are reviewing our ABSN program may also consider our direct entry 21-month accelerated MSN program.

Our one-year bachelor of science in nursing program has the same outcomes as the traditional four-year option. It incorporates an integrated approach to learning, early synthesis and application of concepts and concentration on the nursing major.

Due to the accelerated pace of the ABSN program, it is strongly recommended that students do not work while attending school.

Highlighted Courses

Summer (18 credit hours) 

  • NURS 2500: Clinical concepts in Nursing Practice  
  • NURS 2515: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 3200: Health Assessment
  • NURS 2520: Foundation for Nursing Care
  • NURS 3360: Pathophysiology
  • NURS 3330: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care

Fall (18 credit hours)

  • NURS 3565: Adult/Older Adult Health I
  • NURS 3575: Adult/Older Adult Health II
  • NURS 2705: Interprofessional Issues in Evidence Based Care
  • NURS 3375: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach
  • NURS 3435: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing or NURS 3445: Public Health Nursing
  • NURS 4105: Leadership and Management

Spring (17 credit hours)

  • NURS 3485: Maternal/Neonatal Nursing
  • NURS 3495: Child Health Nursing
  • NURS 4305: Complex Care Theory
  • NURS 4355: Complex Care Practicum
  • NURS 3445: Public Health Nursing or NURS 3435: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 4405: Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
Internships and Careers

The increasing number and range of opportunities available in nursing in today’s U.S. job market make SLU’s accelerated bachelor's of science in nursing the perfect second-degree option.

Students who successfully complete the program 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.

Faculty

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

Students with a Non-Nursing Baccalaureate or Higher Degree

To be considered for admission, you must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university, or an international equivalent, with a grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 system in previous college work. All international coursework must be evaluated by an approved evaluation agency (WES or ECE).

Prior to beginning the program, you must also have successfully completed  the following general requirements or comparable courses with a grade of "C" or higher from a regionally accredited university, college or community college:

  • Chemistry (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Inferential and Descriptive Statistics (3 credits)
  • Theology or Religion (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development - Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Social Behavioral Science (3 credits)

Contact Scott Ragsdale at sragsda2@slu.edu or 314-977-8995 for an unofficial transcript review.

Requirements for Undergraduate Non-Degreed Students (Junior Entry)


You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 system in previous college work and at least 77 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited university, college or community college (a maximum of 64 credit hours can be transferred from a community college.)

The 77 credit hours must include all courses necessary to meet Saint Louis University School of Nursing requirements. A minimum of 126 semester hours are required to graduate from the ABSN program. Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed prior to submitting the application, but must be completed prior to beginning the program. They include: 

  • Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric & Research (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • History (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Theology (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • Chemistry (3 credits)*
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits)*
  • Microbiology (3 credits)*
  • Inferential and Descriptive Statistics (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

* Laboratory components are not required for science courses. Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis; however, it is recommended and may be required that all sciences are completed within the previous 10 years.

What is "Regionally Accredited?" 

The six regional accrediting bodies are:

  • 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)

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.

Application Process

Applying  for the accelerated BSN option requires careful planning in order to ensure that all admission requirements are met.  You may experience a significant delay in processing if the application instructions are not followed exactly as listed.  

The application review process begins in September and applications are reviewed monthly from this point until the program is full. Although there is no official application deadline, we encourage you to complete the application process as soon as possible, as space is limited.  

Please follow the steps outlined below:

  • Complete the online transfer application.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in sealed envelopes to: 

    Saint Louis University Office of Admission
    DuBourg Hall, Room 119
    One North Grand Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    Current or past Saint Louis University students may not need to request an official transcript. Please note this when submitting your personal statement or contact Christina Butler at christinabutler@slu.edu so your transcript can be added to your file.
  • If you have completed college credits outside of the U.S., you must submit an official evaluated transcript from an accredited credential evaluation service (WES or ECE).
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Have the letter writer send the letter of recommendation to Christina Butler at christinabutler@slu.edu. The subject line should read, "Letter of Recommendation for (student's name)" and the letter should be included as an attachment.
  • Personal statement that covers your interest in nursing, why you would be successful in the ABSN program and future nursing goals.  The statement should be 1-2 pages and double spaced.  Email the personal statement to Christina Butler at christinabutler@slu.edu. The subject line should read, "Personal Statement for (student's name)" and the document should be included as an attachment. If you are a junior-entry applicant, note it at the top of your personal statement. 

A review of your official transcripts will be conducted when every item above has been received. Notification of your eligibility for consideration for admission to the accelerated BSN program will be sent to you from the School of Nursing's Office of Baccalaureate Admissions. This correspondence will include a list of any required course prerequisites that you must complete prior to full admission to the accelerated option. 

For more information, contact Scott Ragsdale, recruitment specialist, at 314-977-8995 or sragsda2@slu.edu. 


accelerated Program

Get Your B.S.N. in 12 Months

SLU’s 12-month (May to May) program is completed in three full-time semesters compared to other programs, which are typically 13 to 15 months long.