Nursing Schools in St Louis, Missouri with Program Overviews

Feb 06, 2019

St. Louis Nursing Schools

There are a variety of nursing schools in St. Louis offering both undergraduate and graduate program options. This article discusses three schools offering undergraduate and graduate nursing and nursing specialty programs. Get details about these programs and check out a table that compares school enrollment and tuition rates. At the bottom of this resource, you can learn about other nursing school options in the St. Louis area.

  • At Saint Louis University - Main Campus, students can study in downtown St. Louis. This private school offers full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at its downtown campus and online.
  • At the University of Missouri - St. Louis, students can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Flexible options are available at this school's downtown campus to accommodate a range of students.
  • Webster University, a private college nine miles from downtown also provides nursing programs. This school offers traditional nursing undergraduate and graduate programs.

School Comparison

Prospective nursing students may find tuition, school size and location to be important factors in deciding which school to attend. This table compares school characteristics for the three schools discussed in this article.

Saint Louis University University of Missouri - St. Louis Webster University
School Type Four-year; private not-for-profit Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 14,581 16,715 12,736
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $42,166 $9,590 in-state; $25,505 out-of-state $27,100
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 96% 91% 95%
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)* 64% 76% 54%
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 90% full-time; 67% part-time 75% full-time; 12% part-time 79% full-time; 30% part-time
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011)* 77% 56% 64%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Saint Louis University - Main Campus

Students at Saint Louis University study nursing on the school's medical campus. Undergraduate and graduate options are offered. This school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students pursuing a BSN at this school may attend a traditional four-year or accelerated one-year program. Both programs prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The traditional program is full-time and includes theoretical and clinical classes. Students are admitted to the nursing program as freshman. Coursework includes chemistry, physiology, psychology, anatomy, human development, health care systems and nursing for various populations. The accelerated BSN program is a focused, 12-month program for students with bachelor's degrees in other fields or 77 credits from Saint Louis University. Coursework covers patient care for many populations, health assessment and promotion, clinical concepts and pathophysiology.


The RN-to-BSN program at this school allows registered nurses who have earned an associate's degree, to get their bachelor's degree in a full- or part-time format. Courses are offered online to accommodate working professionals. Nursing major courses cover public health nursing, community health, leadership and management and provide a conceptual framework for practice. Students earn additional credit through portfolio assessment, examinations, elective courses and pre-nursing core courses.

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP)

The MSN program at this school provides advanced education to RNs. The program requires 36-47 credits and is offered online. Students can choose from a variety of specializations within the program and become an adult/gerontological acute care, adult/gerontological primary care, family, pediatric primary care or family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. The option to add education courses and earn a Master of Science degree with an educator option is also available.

Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN)

The 21-month AMSN program was the first of its kind in Missouri. This program is offered to students who have earned a bachelor's degree but are not RNs. Students study pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, nursing strategies and leadership. Students also complete clinical studies and case management electives.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP at Saint Louis University is practice-centered and offered online. This program is offered in two formats. The first is a BSN-to-DNP program for students with bachelor's degrees. The second is a post-master's DNP program for students who have earned an MSN. The BSN program requires 67-72 credits and offers the same concentrations as the MSN at this school. The post-master's program requires 28 credits. Both pathways require students to visit campus twice during the program.

PhD in Nursing

RNs interested in pursuing research or education can enroll in the PhD in Nursing program. Students can attend on a full- or part-time basis and take classes on campus or use real-time Web streaming to view classes online. Post-bachelor's students must complete 65 credits of coursework and dissertation research, while post-master's students must complete 45.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

This school offers undergraduate and graduate program options through the College of Nursing. Options are available for students with or without previous education and experience.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This school offers two options for students wishing to earn a BSN. The first is a traditional program that spans four years and includes general education and nursing coursework. The second is an accelerated program that takes 15 months to complete after finishing general education courses. Nursing coursework for these programs covers anatomy and physiology, health assessment, nutrition and nursing electives. Students also complete clinical courses.


Individuals who have earned an associate's degree and are RNs can attend the Flexible Learning Experience (FLEX) RN-to-BSN program. Students can attend this program on campus, online or at one of five satellite locations. The program takes two years to complete and covers research, statistics, management, health assessment, dimensions of professional nursing and health informatics.

Post-Graduate Certificates in Advanced Practice

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a post-graduate certificate in various concentration areas. Students can focus their studies in adult/geriatric, pediatric, family, mental health or women's health nurse practitioner and must complete 600 clinical hours.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This school offers a DNP to students who have completed a master's degree and are APNs. Courses focus on research, leadership and nursing science. Students must also declare an area of interest in which they will focus their studies. Coursework for this program covers epidemiology, health informatics and a DNP seminar. Students must also complete 600 hours of clinical experience and submit a dissertation project.

PhD in Nursing

Students interested in nursing research and scholarship can pursue a PhD in Nursing. Courses cover biostatistics, development of nursing science and theory, research design and methods and a doctoral seminar. Students must also complete research, pass an exam and defend a dissertation.

Webster University

The BSN and MSN programs at this school are designed to accommodate working registered nurses. Students can also earn a Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The BSN at Webster University is offered to students who are registered nurses and wish to complete a bachelor's degree. Students can attend full- or part-time. Required courses cover health assessment, health care policy, health education, professional nursing concepts and systems leadership. The program includes 128 credit hours and can be taken online or during the evening.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN at this school is a part-time program designed for working RNs. Students can choose a nurse educator or nurse leader focus. Students in both tracks must take a core of courses that covers policy and politics in nursing, population health, quality and safety in health care and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing. Additional coursework differs between focus areas but both include nursing practicums.

Other School Options

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing is located 3.8 miles from downtown and offers a variety of nursing options. Maryville University of Saint Louis is located 14.3 miles outside of St. Louis and offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Saint Louis Community College offers two-year programs and is located downtown.

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