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Why choose the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree?

  • 100% job placement*
  • $70,000 median salary**
  • 4 semesters to obtain your degree

If you are passionate about caring for people and looking for a career in health care with opportunity and flexibility, then nursing is right for you. Nurses are in demand more than ever with projected job growth of 12 percent by 2028**—well above the national average. Nursing offers opportunities in hospital, office, or clinical settings.

*Graduate employability data provided by Saint Luke’s College 2017 survey.
**Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 report. 

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

With a degree from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, you get a quality education from a proven program with over 115+ years of experience. Our affiliation with the largest health care employer in Kansas City guarantees clinical placement and networking opportunities.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Nursing faculty with industry, clinical and teaching experience
  • Low faculty to student ratio 
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Our graduates experience 100 percent job placement
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising and peer tutoring available through the Student Resource Center
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • A campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants
    *The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Saint Luke’s College Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


  1. Complete your application and pay $35 application fee via College website
  2. Submit a resume
  3. Submit official transcripts from every school where credit was earned (including AP, IB, and CLEP)

About 400 students apply for each of our spring and fall enrollment cycles.

Our GPA will vary from semester to semester, but generally, accepted students will have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

Two years or four semesters including clinical rotations.

No, this is a full-time program with a minimum of 15 credits per semester including clinical rotations.

Saint Luke’s College prepares BSN students to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing examination after graduation. Each State Board of Nursing requires licensure in order to practice as a registered nurse, so students sit for the state exams relevant to where they want to practice. (Note: A misdemeanor and/or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NCLEX-RN® or attain state licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to contact and verify with the State Board of Nursing whether or not he or she will be able to apply for licensure and take the NCLEX-RN®). 

  • We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships). Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
  • We offer l scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • Work-study positions available
  • Personal or parent loans
  • Refer to the Course Equivalency Guides
  • Transfer credits must be college level
  • Transfer credits must be a C or above grade
  • Schedule an appointment with an admissions representative to go over your transcript(s)
  • Email an admissions representative your unofficial transcript(s)
  • Transfer credit is accepted from regionally accredited institutions (contact your college counselor to verify accreditation status)
  • Fall application notifications are sent in March
  • Spring application notifications are sent in October
  • Check your status on your mySLC (Empower) portal status which will say Pending (documents), Application Complete, Acceptance, Stand-by, Decline

Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Minimum computer specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
  • RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
  • Wireless network card 802.11AC 
  • Headset with microphone capability required
  • Web camera required

Software applications required:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The College provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
  • Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader 
  • Submit a new online application by the deadline
  • Submit all items not submitted previously including updated transcripts

Degree Requirements

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 121 hours of the required program of study for the BSN degree
  • Completion of the 61 semester hours of nursing coursework within four years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation
  • BSN students must earn a minimum of 30 nursing credit hours from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences to meet the residency requirement
Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Required 59 Required
N310 Pathophysiology 3
N312 Health Assessment and Promotion 4
N316 Introduction to Nursing 2
N318 Pharmacology 3
N320 Foundations of Professional Nursing 6
N322 Adult Health Nursing I 6
N324 Community and Mental Health Nursing 6
N405 Adult Health II 5
N412 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 2.5
N415 Maternal Child Nursing 5.5
N416 Gerontology 2
N435 Complex Care (7.5 weeks) 6
N440 Transition to Professional Practice (7.5 weeks) 5
N475 Nursing Leadership (7.5 weeks) 3
Elective 2 Required
Total Credits 61 Credits

The BSN program has prerequisite requirements requiring coursework to follow a specific order. A 2-credit hour nursing elective course must also be taken prior to graduation. The nursing elective must be an approved elective as listed in the academic course catalog and it must be taken at Saint Luke’s College.

Program Mission

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides quality education to a diverse student population through innovative curricula. Students are educated as nurse generalists to provide high quality, safe, and evidence-based practice to diverse populations in a variety of settings. The graduates are prepared for the role of the professional nurse which encompasses leadership, service, scholarship, and lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will successfully graduate within their cohort time frame
  2. BSN students express satisfaction with the BSN program
  3. Students successfully pass NCLEX examination
  4. Students will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation
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