Nursing school is emotionally challenging, intellectually stimulating, academically rigorous and immensely rewarding. As you pursue your education at Barnes-Jewish College, our Student and Alumni Services offers comprehensive academic, professional and personal counseling services to ensure you have the right tools for success.
At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we have developed programs to assist nursing school students in their coursework to ensure their success.
Academic and Student Support Advising
The Academic and Student Support Advisors manage a caseload of students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Their services are offered throughout a student’s tenure at Goldfarb. From advising the students regarding program and course scheduling to personal advising and career counseling, the Advisor works to ensure that each student has a point of contact outside of faculty and helps them maintain a work-life balance throughout their studies. The Advisor will be among the first academic resources for students who are “at risk” and will collaborate with course instructors and the Student Academic Achievement Coordinator(s) to develop plans for additional support.
Current students can contact their advisor today. (Contact information listed under the 'Advisor Contacts' column on this page.)
Student Academic Achievement Coordinator (SAAC)
Experienced faculty member led student support is made available to students who require additional course support. Two paths have been created to meet student needs. The first pathway is a course faculty referral that involves Academic and Student Support Advisor to directly assess student immediate personal and academic needs. During the first pathway, the Academic and Student Support Advisor may add additional support of SAAC if need is determined. The second pathway was designed for students to self-refer where students may arrange to meet with SAAC for general questions regarding NCLEX type test taking, standardized content.
Current students can self-enroll for SAAC by clicking here and accessing the Canvas course.
Peer Leader Program
The Peer Leader Program is a supplemental instruction program designed to increase student performance and retention at the college. The program offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions to all students enrolled in the course. Study sessions consist of informal seminars where students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for exams. The sessions are facilitated by “Peer Leaders” (or current students) who previously excelled in the course. Peer Leader sessions begin the second week of each term and run throughout the entire term. For questions, please contact your Academic and Student Support Advisors.
Tutoring is a free service to all Goldfarb students. One-on-one peer tutoring sessions are offered, based on tutor availability. Request a tutor today.
Students who are interested in becoming a tutor, and meet the qualifications, are encouraged to apply. Become a tutor.
Peer Mentor Program
To support Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s commitment to student learning, the Peer Mentor Program seeks to enhance nursing students’ experiences by providing all interested students dynamic, focused communities in which students can learn and grow together. The role of the peer mentor is to act as an informal social and informational resource throughout the term as new students become acclimated to nursing school. New students are assigned a mentor before the term starts and have an opportunity to meet with their mentor at New Student Orientation and regularly throughout their first term. Questions about the program should be directed to your Academic and Student Support Advisors.
Disability Services at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College provides confidential accommodations and support services to any student with a documented disability while they are enrolled at Goldfarb. Visit Goldfarb's Disability Services web page to learn more.
With our affiliation to BJC HealthCare, we have contracted with the BJC Student Assistance Program (SAP) to provide professional counseling services to our students. The SAP is a confidential service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to you. The SAP has office locations for face-to-face services throughout the metro St. Louis area. No matter what the issue or personal challenge you or a family member may be facing, BJC Student Assistance Program provides a team of professionals ready to help. Just call 314.747.7490 or 888.505.6444 to get help! To find out more, visit www.bjceap.org.
Student Event and International Student Processing
This team member serves as primary contact for pre-admission and enrolled international students for the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) and visa requirements. They are responsible for organizing new student orientations and other college-wide student events, coordinating student badging process, parking, housing and other service options. This team member provides staff support for student organizations and collaborates with faculty to support students requiring accommodations.
We provide resources related to career exploration, career development and the professional position search process. We support students as they develop career plans and seek professional nursing positions. We work with students individually, in groups, and through workshops and events, in addition to maintaining a library of resources.
Comprehensive services range from providing information on nursing career options, offering shadowing and mentoring opportunities, support with NCLEX applications, to developing resume writing, interview skills and job search strategies. In addition, our partnership with OptimalResume.com gives our student's a career management platform and a variety of tools.
Additional Academic Resources
The Khan Academy is a free online service for all ages, covering all topics. The site offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
Dean's Scholar Program
The Dean's Scholar’s Program is open to any Goldfarb under-graduate or graduate student(s) who demonstrates an interest in the nursing profession and the pursuit of excellence in nursing. This travel award is provided to offset general expenses to attend a nursing conference or meeting that addresses fulfillment of these basic concepts.
New Student Orientation
To meet the diverse learning styles and needs of the GSON student population today; the traditional orientation experience has been expanded beyond a one-time orientation to provide new students an intentional and multi-faceted approach that progresses the student from introduction toward engagement at GSON. Once you complete your admissions file and are accepted into a program of study, we will help you get setup for success at GSON.