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SSM Health, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and other St. Louis-area hospitals offer internships and fellowship programs for students where you'll work in a clinical specialty area with a nurse preceptor.
Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing offers a 21-month, five-semester direct-entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program that will prepare you to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL).
SLU’s direct-entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN) is the first and only of its kind in Missouri. This 21-month, five-semester program is designed for individuals who are not registered nurses but have already earned a baccalaureate degree in another field. By completing the program, you will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing and be prepared to sit for both the nursing licensure exam and certification as a clinical nurse leader. In 2019, our NCLEX pass rate was 94%. Students who are reviewing our A.M.S.N. program may also consider our one-year accelerated B.S.N. program.
The master’s level coursework of SLU's direct-entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program focuses on the competencies and role development you need to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL). Clinical nurse leaders coordinate the care of a distinct group of patients and actively provide direct patient care in complex situations. They focus on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, interprofessional communication and application of evidence-based practice.
Graduates initially work as staff nurses, with their CNL skill set later allowing them to pursue advanced roles in health care.
The increasing number and range of opportunities available in nursing today make the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing the perfect second-degree option. Unique features of this program include:
The master’s level coursework of our direct entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program focuses on the competencies and role development you need to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL). Clinical nurse leaders coordinate the care of a distinct group of patients and actively provide direct patient care in complex situations. They focus on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, interprofessional communication and application of evidence-based practice.
Graduates of our direct entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing often initially work as staff nurses, with their CNL skill set later allowing them to pursue advanced roles in health care.
This is not an advanced practice role. Graduates of this accelerated master’s program will not be prepared for certification as a nurse practitioner but may pursue a post-master's certificate in that area.
A.M.S.N. graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform as an effective entry-level nurse. Upon RN licensure, graduates will be eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader exam offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Nurse Certification.
Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University’s and School’s mission and goals. While we do consider academic metrics we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.
The curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Missouri. Note that the Missouri Board of Nursing may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license; we encourage you to investigate these requirements. The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing (TBVSON) has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for nursing licensure in any other states or territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at TBVSON.
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Due to the rigor of this accelerated program, students are recommended to have a 94 iBT and a score of 7.0 on the IELTS for this program. At a minimum, an 80 on the computer-based TOEFL (iBT) or a 6.5 on the IELTS is required to demonstrate students' English proficiency.
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
Applying for the direct entry accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program requires careful planning 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.
Please follow the five steps outlined below to apply:
Note: Students only need to submit one application option. There is no preference by the School of Nursing between the SLU or NursingCAS application.
Option A: If you are completing the application through SLU please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in sealed envelopes to:
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Option B: If you are completing the application through NursingCAS please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in sealed envelopes directly to NursingCAS. They will provide instructions when the application is initiated.
Submit two recommendation forms.
Option A: If you are completing the application through SLU you will enter your references email address within the online application. Your references will receive an email with a recommendation form to complete and email back to Saint Louis University.
Option B: If you are completing the application through NursingCAS they will provide instructions when the application is initiated.
Attach your professional resume within the SLU or NursingCAS application.
Attach your professional goal statement within the SLU or NursingCAS application. The goal statement should outline your anticipated nursing career trajectory for five years after graduating and include an explanation of why you've decided on that path. The statement should be one-to-two pages and double-spaced.
Although the application deadline is July 1, students are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all supporting documents by Feb. 1, as space is limited.
The Valentine School of Nursing admits students on a rolling basis, typically beginning in February, and there is a deadline to accept an offer of admission.
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students. Additionally, most nursing students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations of greater St. Louis.
|NURS 4600||Pharmacology in Nursing||3|
|NURS 5010||Nursing Strategies in Physiological Health Alterations||6|
|NURS 5015||Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations||4|
|NURS 5020||Health Care Systems & Policy||3|
|NURS 5025||Informatics and Quality Improvement||3|
|NURS 5035||Foundations in Nursing Care||3|
|NURS 5080||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 5115||Advanced Health Assessment for the Generalist Nurse||3|
|NURS 5145||Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion||3|
|NURS 5170||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NURS 5205||Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse||3|
|HCE 5500||Ethics in Nursing& Health Care||2|
|NURS 5601||Clinical Studies I||4|
|NURS 5602||Clinical Studies II||3|
|NURS 5603||Clinical Studies III||4|
|NURS 5604||Advanced Clinical Studies||4|
|NURS 5605||Practicum in Clinical Leadership||5|
|NURS 5606||Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advanced Generalists||3|
|NURS 5607||Advanced Synthesis of Nursing Concepts||1|
|NURS 5608||Physiological Adaptations of the Complex Client||2|
Students will complete 1000 clinical hours.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|Critical course: NURS 4600||Pharmacology in Nursing||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5115||Advanced Health Assessment for the Generalist Nurse||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5170||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5035||Foundations in Nursing Care||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5145||Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5010||Nursing Strategies in Physiological Health Alterations||6|
|Critical course: NURS 5015||Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations||4|
|Critical course: NURS 5205||Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse||3|
|Critical course: HCE 5500||Ethics in Nursing& Health Care||2|
|Critical course: NURS 5601||Clinical Studies I||4|
|Critical course: NURS 5602||Clinical Studies II||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5020||Health Care Systems & Policy||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5603||Clinical Studies III||4|
|Critical course: NURS 5604||Advanced Clinical Studies||4|
|Critical course: NURS 5025||Informatics and Quality Improvement||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5080||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5605||Practicum in Clinical Leadership||5|
|Critical course: NURS 5606||Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advanced Generalists||3|
|Critical course: NURS 5607||Advanced Synthesis of Nursing Concepts||1|
|NURS 5608||Physiological Adaptations of the Complex Client||2|
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the professional licensure examination; however, the Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 335.066, states, “Completion of an educational program leading to a degree or diploma in nursing does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure examination.” Background checks are required of applicants for clinical rotations and again to apply for licensure.