Why Choose Saint Leo's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing is a highly competitive program designed for a student seeking a professional advantage in their role as a provider of care and leader in practice across today’s complex healthcare systems.
Through a critical combination of generalist nursing practice and applied clinical judgement, Saint Leo University’s limited-access nursing program goes one step further. We provide students with a contemporary program that delivers best practices and current innovations within a Culture of Health framework that emphasizes inter-professional communication, as well as the health and well-being of people and clinicians. Our nursing program is inspired by a “simple to complex” curriculum that educates students on the foundations of professional nursing and then advances to coursework in areas such as acute care, population and global health, and chronic care and End-of-Life-Care (ELNEC) and palliative nursing concepts, as well as research to assure life-long focus on evidence-based nursing practice. Students become immersed in lab, simulation, preceptorships, and clinical in healthcare and community settings.
As a graduate with a Saint Leo nursing degree, students will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on University Campus begins with a concentration in arts and sciences courses in the first two years, followed by nursing major courses in years three and four. Upper-level nursing courses will commence in Fall Semester 2023 and the first group of students will complete their studies in Spring Semester 2025.
Join a community of Saint Leo Lions who are highly sought-after by employers in the sciences and healthcare industries throughout Florida and the Southeast.
Our BS Nursing degree program is offered at University Campus with a start date in August.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a limited-access program. Freshmen are admitted to Saint Leo as Pre-Nursing students. Admission as a Pre-Nursing major requires a 3.0 or better high school grade point average (GPA) and an acceptable background check. Students can be admitted into the Pre-Nursing program during both the Fall and Spring Semesters.
To be considered for admission to the Saint Leo Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, applicants must submit an application the semester prior to the junior year and must meet minimum admission requirements for consideration. The strongest applicants will be selected; meeting minimum requirements to apply does not guarantee selection.
The Saint Leo University Explorations requirements and BS Nursing program prerequisite/support courses may be completed through the A.A. degree from a Florida College System institution only if the required BSN prerequisites and support courses are included. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements for Pre-Nursing status which includes a 3.0 or better GPA and an acceptable background check. Catalog course descriptions and a copy of the course syllabus are required for review to determine if the prerequisite courses requested for transfer satisfy the prerequisite requirements. Transfer students may not apply to the BS Nursing program if they are not in good standing with their previous nursing program.
Only students who have formal, written unconditional acceptance into the BS Nursing program will be allowed to register for nursing courses and complete work for the major.
To be considered for admission to the Saint Leo University nursing program, applicants must meet the following minimum conditional admission requirements:
- Earn a grade point average of 3.30 or better for all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made.
- Complete all non-nursing courses prior to beginning nursing program courses. Earn a grade of ‘C’ or better for all courses except MA 151, BIO 327 I and BIO 327 Lab and BIO 328 II and BIO 328 Lab which require a B or better. In addition, MAT 201 Statistics and BIO 425 Microbiology and BIO 425L Microbiology Lab and PHI 210RS Thinking and Doing Ethics must be completed prior to enrollment in program courses. Prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time.
- Take all parts of the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam and send the official TEAS score report from ATI testing to Saint Leo. To be considered competitive, a composite score of 78 or greater is recommended. The most current version of the TEAS exam may be attempted three times in a calendar year with 30 days in between attempts.
- Matriculation into the nursing courses is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory history and physical signed by a provider and completion of required immunizations and other health requirements, including drug screening, completion of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and completion of an acceptable background check and fingerprints within seven days of receiving the conditional admission email.
Unconditional admission is granted when students have been selected for admission to the BS Nursing program and all admission criteria have been successfully completed.
Admission is extremely competitive and successful applicants may present much higher credentials for admission.
Accreditation and Approvals
Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), http://www.sacs.org/.
The BS Nursing program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.
Program Features & Differentiators
- As with all degree programs offered by the College of Health Professions, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program infuses four key concepts throughout the curriculum: inter-professional communication, evidence-based practice, Culture of Health, and clinician well-being.
- Experiential learning in lab, simulation, and clinical settings is emphasized to prepare students for a successful transition into a meaningful role as a registered nurse with their future employer.
- Faculty have experience and expertise in nursing and are committed to working to support student success.
The diversity of the curriculum draws from courses in nutrition and health to course in professional nursing contemporary practices and leadership development. Please review the following documents for the BS Nursing curriculum plan and course descriptions:
Program graduates will be able to:
- Apply knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in forming the basis for clinical judgement and nursing practice.
- Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills to support achievement of positive health outcomes.
- Apply current evidence in nursing practice and principles of safety and quality in health care in care delivery.
- Demonstrate knowledge of nursing interventions supportive of a Culture of Health in delivery of holistic, person-centered care that supports achievement of positive health outcomes.
- Demonstrate professionalism consistent with the ANA Code of Ethics and the role of the BSN-prepared nurse in accordance with best practice, professional and regulatory standards, and the Saint Leo University Core Values.
- Apply organizational and leadership skills in systems-based practice to improve health.
- Engage in population health partnerships to support and improve population health outcomes which emphasize promotion of health and well-being/disease prevention, chronic disease care, regenerative or restorative care, and hospice/palliative/supportive care.
Professional Development Opportunities
The BS Nursing builds on arts and sciences course content to extend prior learning. In addition, nursing coursework goes from simple to complex which positions students to learn more complex content.
The program positions graduates for entry level employment in a variety of settings following completion of the national licensing exam, NCLEX-RN, and supports career advancement into leadership positions and graduate nursing degree programs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. About 175,900 openings for registered nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
Saint Leo Graduates
Graduates who are registered nurses are prepared to work in healthcare and community agency settings.