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Nursing, Bachelor of Science

Clinical Health Professions


Why Choose St. John’s University for Nursing?

The nursing program in St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides a stellar education within the context of our Catholic and Vincentian tradition, which is rich in its perspectives of human dignity, freedom, justice, truth, and respect for the natural world. This is a licensure qualifying program open to applicants with good moral character and demonstrated academic ability.

Graduates are prepared to practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan in an ever-changing health-care environment. Our curriculum provides an enhanced liberal education from which to draw and apply to generalist nursing practice. The goal of our nursing program is to inspire you to become a nurse leader in a multicultural world who embodies compassionate concern for others.

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Program highlights include

  • individualized student attention from distinguished faculty and practicing nurses
  • a curriculum that hones the high-level critical thinking skills necessary for attainment of RN licensure
  • preparation for culturally competent practice and leadership in service to the community
  • specialized advisement and faculty mentors for guidance and support
  • clinical experiences in acute, ambulatory, critical care, and community-based settings
  • a new Health Sciences Center that includes modern laboratories, classrooms, and a nursing station with a medication administration system, electronic medical record, and skills labs
  • a state-of-the-art Simulation Center with high-fidelity simulation manikins that provide opportunities to experience acute clinical scenarios and apply classroom instruction to real-life situations
  • direct admission from high school

St. John’s B.S. in Nursing is an innovative program combining evidence-based practice and theoretical and clinical course work. You will be trained to think critically in an ever-changing health-care environment.

National Council Licensure Examination Pass Rate

The pass rate will be posted once the exam has been administered to the first cohort of graduates.

Admission Requirements

Click here for more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University.

In addition to the University requirements, the following are needed for nursing program consideration.  

  • official high school transcript(s) with one biology course and one chemistry course 
  • high school diploma with a minimum GPA > 90%   
  • minimum SAT score of > 1070   

No transfer students are considered at this time.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our B.S. in Nursing program have many employment options. Below are just a few possible career paths:

  • Medical centers, hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and private group practices (e.g., pediatrics, surgery, emergency, critical care, women’s health, maternity, cancer treatment, psychiatric and mental health)
  • Urgent care centers
  • Out-patient surgery centers
  • Home care agencies
  • Hospice care agencies
  • Rehabilitation care centers
  • Mental health hospitals and agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Occupational and industrial health
  • Long-term care settings
  • Military nurse corps
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Informatics
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical equipment companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Special interest groups
  • International nursing organizations

Experiential Learning

St. John’s nursing program offers a 5:1–8:1 student-to-faculty ratio in clinical settings.

Nursing Clinical Rotations

You will be matched within a network of partner hospitals and health care agencies for clinical rotations in your junior and senior year. During your rotation, you will experience specialty nursing care in various health-care settings supported by the direct supervision of a nursing faculty member in a large teaching hospital or a small community agency. Our partners include


Through quality teaching, scholarship, and practice, we seek to develop within our students a passion for lifelong learning and service to all, especially those in underserved communities.

Nursing is both an art and a science. It is a learned profession based on an understanding of the human condition across the lifespan, and the relationship of a client with others and within an ever-changing environment. As an art, nursing is concerned with caring for the person from a holistic perspective in a variety of health-related situations.

Nurses play a key role in health promotion and disease prevention. By means of clinical inquiry, research, and an environment that fosters learning and expert practice, we strive to add to the body of knowledge that supports and improves quality nursing care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Informed by the vision to accomplish our mission, and in accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)’s The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, the nursing curriculum for the undergraduate prelicensure program provides educational opportunities to enable graduates to

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the liberal arts and sciences and professional nursing education to provide humanistic, safe, and quality care.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety in promoting safe, quality care for diverse patients across complex healthcare systems and environments.
  3.  Apply a systematic process consistent with professional standards and evidence-based practice to prevent illness and injury; promote, maintain, and restore client health.
  4. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices to facilitate delivery of safe and effective patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory health-care policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of health-care delivery systems and ethical and legal accountability in addressing health-care issues.
  6. Employ oral and written communication and interprofessional collaboration in providing safe, high-quality care to improve client health outcomes.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence health outcomes and apply culturally appropriate health promotion, management, and restoration strategies to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the profession of nursing and the standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Understand the scope of generalist nursing practice and apply its principles in clinical practice to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan in an ever­changing and complex health-care environment.


The four-year nursing prelicensure program is designed for undergraduate students with no previous experience in professional nursing.

Students in the nursing major are required to complete the following core courses. 

NUR1000Introduction to Transcultural Nursing3
NUR1100Medical Terminology1
NUR2000Health Assessment and Promotion4
NUR2100Clinical Pathophysiology3
NUR3000Fundamentals of Transcultural Nursing5
NUR3100Adult/Elder Nursing I3
NUR3200Medication Calculations1
NUR3300Pharmacology for Nurses3
NUR3400Adult/Elder Nursing II5
NUR3500Maternal Child Nursing5
NUR3600Principles in Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR4100Adult/Elder Nursing III4
NUR4200Public Health and Community Nursing5
NUR4300Mental Health Nursing4
NUR4400Advocacy in a Multicultural Society3
NUR4500Leadership and Management in Nursing3
NUR4600Senior Clinical Preceptorship2
NUR4700Transitions and Contemporary Issues3
PHS1000Biomedical Chemistry for Nurses3
PHS1000LBiomedical Chemistry for Nurses Lab1
BIO2000Fundamentals of Biology 21
BIO2000LFundamentals of Biology 2 Lab1
PSY1003Lifespan Development3
PHS3103Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
PHS3103LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
PHS3105Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
PHS3105LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
PHS3101Introduction to Pathology3
BMS2400Medical Microbiology3
BMS2400LMedical Microbiology Lab1
MTH1250CStatistical Applications1