Founded in 1915, Webster University (WU) was a dream come true for women scholars who would rather not have got a chance to higher education in those early days. The College was formerly known as Loreto College, reflecting the name of the Catholic Sisters organization that helped come-up with it. It remained a women’s university until 1962, when the first male students were admitted on a limited basis. Due to conflicting names with another junior college in St Louis, Loreto College changed its name to Webster College and to later Webster University in 1983. To this day, the university has campuses in over 90 worldwide locations, including Europe, and the Middle East.
Webster University Nursing
Webster University strives to give students a world class education and this is reflected in all its programs. Nursing programs at the university start with a BSN completion program to masters degrees in nursing. There are no chances for entry level students to pursue nursing at Webster University. The program under the nursing department are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Details on the programs are as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online RN to BSN)
As mentioned earlier, nursing at Webster starts with registered nurses who want to advance their education. The RN to BSN program at Webster University takes in RNs and gives them an upper division nursing majors’ curriculum. Prerequisite courses must have been completed prior to getting admission into the nursing program. The program has the advantage of having five admission cycles per year and that it is available both online and on-campus at St Louis & Kansas City Campuses.
Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN)
The Master of Science in nursing at Webster University has three tracks under it. The program welcomes BSN-prepared candidates to apply for either of the two nursing tracks with a Family Systems Nursing Focus as a Nurse Educator or Nurses Leader. Students can also apply to the Nurse Anesthesia MSN track. All the nursing tracks coursework is offered on a part time basis at St Louis or Kansas City campuses in eight week sessions of evening classes.
RN to MSN Combined Degree
The combined Degree is a special part time program exclusive to for RN to BSN students of Webster University who would wish to graduate with two degrees. This arrangement starts when students have completed 20 BSN level credit hours and are allowed, through an application, to join the combined degree program. The advantage of this program is that six semester credits of MSN level count towards the requirements of both the BSN and MSN degrees; at the end of it, students are saved from taking 12 semester credits. Students are awarded the Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science degrees after completion of the program. Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader are the tracks available for this programs’ MSN.
For the MSN prepared nurse, post master certificates in Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator are offered. Both programs are offered at St Louis and Kansas City campuses of the University.
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