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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Discover a rewarding career serving people and a world in need

Our Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is arranged to deliver a strong liberal arts foundation that is further developed into rigorous and holistic nursing coursework, which includes exceptional clinical and state-of-the-art laboratory activities designed to prepare graduates to practice in a diverse spectrum of health care settings. These include hospitals, primary care settings, senior living communities, public health clinics, telehealth/virtual care, case management, home health, nurse practitioners and more. 

Clinical experiences occur in a variety of renowned healthcare agencies, such as Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Mercy, SSM Health and others that will provide students with early access to patient interactions and ensure career readiness.

Additionally, practical simulation activities are integrated extensively throughout the program to afford students opportunities to develop essential clinical and critical thinking skills. The four-year program will provide a distinctive and robust curriculum designed to prepare graduates to sit for the National Certification and Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam and for modern practice as professional nurses. 

Applications are being accepted for new and transfer students. Apply today!! 

Program Highlights

  • Experienced faculty who provide an inclusive classroom and clinical environment where students feel comfortablevalued and supported
  • Small class sizes to allow for personalized instruction and support. Our student-to-teacher ratio is unmatched by any other program in the area.
  • State-of-the-art simulation labs lend hands-on experiences to the nursing theory learned in the classroom.
  • Proactive advising provides guidance and support to students in managing academic and personal challenges.
  • Self-Care Initiative for Student Nurses recognizes that compassionate care begins with the emotional well-being of those providing the care.

Careers in Nursing

For the 20th year in a row, nurses have been named the most trusted profession (Gallup Poll, 2022). Registered Nurses (RNs) are in an excellent position for job growth in the next decade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook projection for registered nurses at the national level is 12% between 2018-2028.  In the state of Missouri, the projected need for registered nurses during the same time period is 16.2%. For more information visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website here!

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

1-314-862-3456
1-800-205-5862

fbyou@fontbonne.edu

Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

Lisa E. Merritt, DNP, RN, CPNP, CHSE

Director of Nursing

“I’m thrilled to join the Fontbonne family and be part of this new nursing program. I am a native of St. Louis, so building a program in my community is an honor. In addition, Fontbonne’s commitment to excellence, integrity, diversity, and service aligns well with my own personal and professional values.

One of the current challenges for the nursing profession is the need for a more diverse workforce. The growing diversity in the U.S. demands a need to provide high-quality, culturally competent care to meet the needs of our diverse population. The nursing program at Fontbonne hopes to attract students from underrepresented groups in nursing – specifically men and individuals from African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, and Alaskan native backgrounds. I am confident that our values-based curriculum, expert instruction, and small class sizes will give students from all backgrounds the tools they need to succeed.”

Nursing Faculty

Our award-winning nursing faculty consistently demonstrate the values and ethics of the nursing profession – caring, compassion, and respect.

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Admission Requirements

The selection process for admission to the Department of Nursing in the College of Education and Allied Health Professions at Fontbonne University is based upon a review of applicants’ personal and academic records. 

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Program Curriculum

The faculty has carefully designed the curriculum to blend nursing theory with clinical application, preparing graduates who can practice as generalists, in a diverse spectrum of health care settings.

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Medical Humanities

The medical humanities minor at Fontbonne University is an excellent way for nursing graduates to distinguish themselves from other job candidates. Courses in the humanities minor apply to the general education requirements for Fontbonne University, so students can pursue this minor in addition to the nursing major by completing only three additional credit hours.

Experts suggest that incorporating medical humanities training in nursing education enhances professionalism, empathy, communication, ethical reasoning, teamwork, and critical thinking. In addition, educating nurses in medical humanities is an effective way to strengthen the resilience of clinicians, which can reduce the high burnout rate experienced by health care providers. 

View the Curriculum here.

 

FAQ

Nursing Skills Fundamentals

  • Nursing students can practice a variety of skills, procedures, and competencies in a safe, risk-free setting. The lab is outfitted with authentic and state-of-the-art equipment and supplies that simulate acute hospital and long-term care settings.  Students may lend tactile credibility to the nursing theory learned in the classroom.

Health Assessment

  • Students focus upon the separate body systems singularly and gain proficiency in properly assessing each through physical examination techniques across a variety of cultures and life spans.  Cultural competency and professional assessment provide the basis for learning in this lab.

Skills Simulation

  • Equipped with high-fidelity, computer-controlled manikins, along with medical equipment and supplies, scenarios can be conducted ranging from realistic everyday situations to more complex modules that emphasize emergency procedures.  Critical thinking is the basis for this vital learning lab.

Fontbonne currently has clinical partnerships with:

    • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
    • Mercy Hospital South
    • St. Luke’s Hospital
    • HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
    • Nazareth Living Center

Fontbonne University is in the process of securing additional medical facilities, short-term acute care settings, long-term acute care settings, rehabilitation clinics, and community centers in the St. Louis region so that our nursing students achieve a diversity of skills.

Accreditation

  • Fontbonne University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • The BSN program has initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has received and accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the baccalaureate program in nursing at Fontbonne University. 
  • Additionally, the varying colleges, departments, and programs of Fontbonne University are accredited by related and respective governing bodies. The affiliated clinical agencies of the Department of Nursing are accredited by nationally recognized accrediting bodies.

Contact

Questions about the nursing program?

New students are encouraged to contact Lisa Merritt, Director of Nursing.

Current students should speak to their academic advisor.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Fontbonne University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in employment or in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, educational programs, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other programs and activities. Furthermore, Fontbonne University prohibits retaliation against anyone who either opposes unlawful discrimination, assists, or participates in an investigation of a complaint of discrimination, or exercises that person’s rights under any law that forbids discrimination.  

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