St. John’s College Nursing Program Review

St. John’s College (SJC) is among the first Catholic nursing institutions in the United States. Founded in 1886, to provide nursing training to Catholic sisters, the college offers bachelor’s degree and continuing education programs for nurses and other health care professionals. Located on the grounds of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, Saint John’s College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. With about 90 students, class sizes are very small.

Nursing Programs

Nursing programs at St. John’s College are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

St. John’s College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

The undergraduate nursing program at St. John’s College is an upper division program meaning all students are admitted in their junior year of study upon completing general education and nursing course prerequisites.

BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Programs

Early Admit High School Seniors

Students who have completed at least 7 semesters of high school may apply for the Early Admit High School Senior Program for the nursing BSN qualification. The deadline for application is the September following high school graduation. Students are required to meet strict requirements to enter the early admit program. The requirements include a minimum 3.0 high school GPA; rank in the top 50% of high school class and a minimum SAT score of 500 per section (ACT Score requirement is 22). For final consideration into the program students must meet general education and nursing program prerequisites with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or better in all course prerequisites.

General Admission Pre-licensure Students

The General Admission course is designed for students who have completed general education requirements and nursing prerequisites to enter the nursing program. Admission criteria for the program include a 2.5 GPA. or higher, 30 credits of college coursework, a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisites with no required course repeated more than once. Applicants to the nursing program whose native language is not English are required to take an English exam.

Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN. Students in this program are pre-licensed and aspiring to earn a BSN. The program is normally completed in a year which includes summer study. Part of the course is completed along with general admission BSN students. Applicants to the accelerated BSN program should meet the same admission criteria as general admission nursing applicants.

RN-BSN Hybrid Distance Education Program Option

The online RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program is ideal for busy professional RNs who want to earn their BSN. The program is delivered in a hybrid format with both online and face-to-face courses, and offered part or full time. Students have the option of enrolling before prerequisites are complete, but in general should have graduated from ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) or diploma program no more than 5 years from program date. The student should have recent experience as an RN (within the past two years).

St. John’s College Continuing Education Programs for Nurses

St. John’s College offers several programs for nurses and other healthcare professionals desiring to maintain and learn new skills in nursing practice. The program prepares nurses of all faiths and backgrounds through courses on emotions and faith-based nursing.

St. John’s College
729 East Carpenter Street
Springfield, IL 62702

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