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Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Traditional Option - Program for Licensure
    • Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option
    • RN to BS Nursing Option 

Why Nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science Option

The Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing option allows students with a bachelor's to attain a bachelor of science with a major in nursing through three semesters and one summer session. It is an intense, defined curriculum with a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences for students seeking a second baccalaureate degree. Course work and clinical experiences are of the same high quality as the traditional first-degree baccalaureate progression, but taken at an accelerated pace. Graduates of this option are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse. Students must be dedicated and willing to attend classes as many as five days a week and devote an appropriate amount of time to their studies in order to be successful with this option. The full-time program begins in August (fall semester). ABS students pay differential tuition and fees as approved by the SIUE Board of Trustees.

Career Outlook

Professional nurses practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, public health departments, schools, outpatient clinics, and home health and mental health agencies. The professional nurse works in partnership with other health care professionals in applying evidence-based knowledge combined with caring and compassion to provide quality care.

School Administrators

Anne Perry, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Interim Dean

1991, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Laura W. Bernaix, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

1995, St. Louis University

Roberta Harrison, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate & Alternative Programs

2007, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Virginia Cruz, Ph.D., R.N.
Chair, Dept. of Family Heath & Community Health Nursing
1996, University of Iowa

Other Nursing Programs at SIUE


  • Traditional Nursing Option
  • RN to BS Option

Master's degrees and Post-Master's Certificates are awarded in the following specializations:

  • Health Care and Nursing Administration
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's DNP

Contact Information

School of Nursing
(618) 650‑3956

Sample Curriculum >>

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