The Upper Division Option is an entry-level nursing program for individuals who have completed their first two years of college at another institution. It is also available to those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing.
This is a full-time, two-year program with classes held during the day. Students must be available a minimum of 30-40 hours per week for course work 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, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and other BJC HealthCare hospitals and St. Louis 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.
Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX)*. Passing the exam is required to become an entry-level registered nurse.
The program is offered at two locations: on the main Goldfarb School of Nursing campus, and on the campus of 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.