University of Saint Mary

The University of Saint Mary was founded in 1923 as a liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition. The University offers a value-based education with equal focus on academics and morality. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth founded the institution.  Today the University of Saint Mary offers 26 undergraduate and 5 graduate degree programs. Since 2005, The Princeton Review has ranked the University of Saint Mary among the Best Midwestern Colleges.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelors degree program in nursing
  • 1 campus based bachelors degree program is also offered
  • Students may be eligible to obtain credit for life experience

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Nursing programs at the University of Saint Mary seek to integrate faith, personal values and excellence in academics to produce students who are contributing members to society.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Not only does earning a BSN offer the opportunity for nurses to offer better patient outcomes and increased quality of care, but also access to more advanced opportunities with a higher salary.  Students in the University of Saint Mary’s online RN to BSN program may have the opportunity to simultaneously earn a certificate in Health Care Management as a stepping to leadership opportunities.

The BSN program focuses on developing critical thinking and decision-making skills in the areas of health assessment, nursing care plan development, intervention implementation, and outcome evaluation.  Mission in Health Care: A Theological Perspective, Nursing as a Profession, End of Life Care, Senior Integrative Seminar and Research in Nursing are some of the courses required to complete the nursing degree.  Students have the option of attending a graduation ceremony on campus, though the entire degree program may be completed online.  The career outlook for nurses with a BSN qualification is very bright, with most openings being available in physicians’ offices, home health care and nursing care facilities.

Duration and Cost

Students can complete their program in as little as 18 months with continuous enrollment.  The total credits required for the bachelor’s degree is 128, 29 of which must be nursing credits.  Students may transfer credits from previous coursework to the program. The most recent tuition fee is $345 per credit hour, and is subject to change.  The amount of credit hours required to complete the program depends on the number of credit hours transferred in.


Faculty in the nursing program at the University of Saint Mary hold advanced degrees in their profession and a significant amount of experience (some with 40+years) in the nursing profession.

Things to consider:

  • Students must complete a clinical project in the workplace or community.
  • Some courses may require proctoring of exams.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of Saint Mary is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools & Colleges.

University of Saint Mary
4100 South 4th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048