Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Nursing School Review

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is based in Edwardsville, Illinois and the sister to Carbondale based Southern Illinois University. Some nursing programs offered through the School of Nursing may be taken at the Springfield campus. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and awards bachelors through doctoral degrees to over 14,000 students enrolled in its programs.

The university was established in 1957 due to efforts of community members who wanted a higher education institution in their locale.

Nursing Programs

Nursing programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Anesthetist Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA). Continuing education (CE) programs are approved by the Illinois Nurses Association.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Traditional BS (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The Traditional BS program is designed for pre-licensed nursing students without previous higher education experience, although the nursing program accepts transfers. Students will be prepared through coursework, clinical experiences and simulations which provide the necessary education for working as a nurse. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.

Accelerated ABS

The Accelerated program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Students can complete the program in four semesters, which includes a summer session. Students in this program need not be licensed nurses and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN upon completion of the program.

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Option

RNs with an associate degree (ASN or ADN); Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing respectively may pursue the RN to BSN program. This nursing program designed specifically for Registered Nurses with busy professional schedules is delivered primarily online. The RN to BSN program can be completed in 4, 5 or 7 semesters depending on how quickly the RN would like to progress.

Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP)

The Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville promotes and increases diversity in the nursing student body by recruiting students from underserved backgrounds. The SNAP program recruits high school students of diverse ethnic backgrounds that are interested in the BSN program. Students experiencing barriers to post-secondary education will benefit from the extra faculty support and educational resources that the nursing program provides. Aspiring students interested in the SNAP program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville should contact the nursing program.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Programs

MSN programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville prepare nurses to work as Advanced Practice Nurses in a variety of specialties. Students can choose from the following areas:

Nurse Anesthesia (NA)

Nurse Educator (NE)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Healthcare & Nursing Administration (HCNA)

Upon completion of the MSN program, nurses are prepared to take a certification exam to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). MSN programs can be completed in 3 to 4 years depending on the specialization.

Post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program is for nurses with an advanced practice specialty area or health care management specialization in their MSN degree. The program prepares nurses as innovators and scholarly advisors who deliver the highest level of clinical care. The DNP program is delivered in a hybrid format, with both online and in-person classes. The program may be completed in 2 years.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Nursing Certificate Programs

School Nursing Certificate

The School Nursing Certificate prepares nurses to meet the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education to work in a school setting. Upon completion of the program, nurses are eligible to take the certification exam and began their career as a School Nurse in Illinois schools.

Post-Master’s Certificate

Students holding a masters degree are eligible to complete a post-master’s certificate in any of the areas offered for the MSN program. Clinical practicum opportunities and mentoring are also a part of the post-master’s nursing certificate program.

Continuing Education Programs for Nurses at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A variety of continuing education options are available at the School of Nursing at Southern Illinois University both mandatory and voluntary programs in nursing education for LPNs and RNs who would like to advance their knowledge. Past programs include “Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics” as well as mandatory LPN and RN training.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
125 Peck Service Road
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

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