About the College of Nursing
The UMSL College of Nursing is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and leadership through academic, clinical and research initiatives. We are proud to prepare nurses as clinicians, scientists and educators, and facilitate professional advancement through our innovative programs.
The UMSL College of Nursing is proud to be fully accredited by the following bodies:
- The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
- The BSN and MSN degree programs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- The Missouri State Board of Nursing (MOSBON) which ensures that graduates of the pre-licensure track of the BSN program are eligible to take the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN)
- The Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board (PNP program, through 2014) (PNCB)
The UMSL School of Nursing was established in 1981 as an upper division, post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program designed for registered nurses who received their pre-licensure nursing education in associate degree or diploma programs. A few years later, in 1989, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was added as a cooperative endeavor with the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. The cooperative Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program began in 1984, at the same time the pre-licensure baccalaureate track of the BSN program began as a merger with Barnes College of Nursing (an accredited, independent college), creating the Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. In 2005, Barnes-Jewish Hospital retrieved the name "Barnes” making the nursing education entity at the University of Missouri–St. Louis the College of Nursing. The cooperative Doctor of Nursing Practice was added in 2008
The policies of the College of Nursing comply with the Collected Rules of the Curators of the University of Missouri. We provide equal opportunity for all on the basis of demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam era veteran.