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Upper Division Option

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Upper Division Option, is an entry-level nursing program for individuals who have completed their first two years of education at an accredited institution of higher learning.

The Upper Division Option is a full-time, five term program that is comprised of 66 credit hours of nursing coursework. Applicants must complete 54 credit hours of prerequisite coursework at an accredited institution of higher learning. Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College admits students for summer, fall and spring terms.

Classes are held during the full calendar year (three terms in a year), with classes offered in a day format. Holding a job outside of school may be difficult. Students must be available a minimum of 30-40 hours per week, for coursework and simulation labs during the day or evenings and for clinical experiences during days, evenings and/or weekends. Students complete their clinical experiences at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, as well as at other BJC HealthCare hospitals and St. Louis metropolitan area health care facilities.

The Upper Division Option prepares students to provide direct care to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings, as well as to pursue higher degrees in nursing. Passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®)* exam is required to become an entry-level registered nurse.

The Upper Division Option is offered at two locations: at the Duncan Campus Site on the Washington University Medical Campus and at the West Campus Site on the Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

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*Please note that program completion does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN. See the Missouri Practice Act for details.

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