The UMSL College of Nursing


The College of Nursing at UMSL was established as the School of Nursing 1981. The original program was designed to provide an innovative upper division program leading to the baccalaureate degree, specifically designed for registered nurses that had graduated from hospital diploma or community college associate degree nursing programs.

In 1987, the first students were admitted to the Cooperative Master's in Nursing Program. This program was a cooperative endeavor between the University of Missouri – St. Louis and University of Missouri – Kansas City Schools of Nursing within the University of Missouri System.  The program offered advanced study in Nursing Care of the Adult, Nursing of Children, and Women's Health.  The program also prepared nurses to function as administrators, educators, or clinical specialists and practitioners in family, pediatrics, neonatal, and women's health. In 1993 the UMSL school of Nursing received independent degree granting authority for the MSN program.  Over the years the emphasis areas in the MSN program have changed to address workforce needs.  Today the MSN program includes emphasis areas in adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care NP, women’s health nurse practitioner, and nursing education.  A psych-mental health nurse practitioner emphasis area will begin in Fall 2015.

In 1994 the PhD program began at the College of Nursing.  The initial offering of the program was accomplished through inter-campus cooperative activities offered between the St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City Schools of Nursing.  In 2008 a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program began with a post-master’s entry option.  In fall 2015 the first post-baccalaureate students will begin the DNP program.  In addition to the emphasis areas offered in the master’s program students will also have the option of an emphasis area in population health and systems leadership.

The School of Nursing was formally designated as the Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1994 with the addition of a well-established pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program to the University through the merger with the Barnes College of Nursing.  In 2005 Barnes Jewish Hospital exercised the option to reclaim the Barnes name and the designation was formally changes to the UMSL College of Nursing.  In 2000, an Accelerated Option for individuals with a previous degree or significant college credit in another field was added to the pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program; and in 2011, a Part-Time Evening/Weekend Option was added.  

Along with the University of Missouri–St. Louis accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  The pre-licensure options of the baccalaureate program are fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Today, the College has more than 1,100 students enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Traditional, Accelerated, Part-Time), Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy in 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/approved by the following bodies:

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.