Barnes Jewish Colege of Nursing

  1. Hello,
    Is there anybody out there that attends BJ College of Nursing in St. Louis? I'm still doing prereqs, but plan on attending there when I am finished. I know they are planning some changes soon (eliminating the ASN program), but was wondering what it's like now, and if you would recommend it.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   luvs2readlotsRN
    I'm curious about their program too....but primarily the BSN completion program. Any students care to comment on their programs? Thanks!
  4. by   WDWpixieRN
    I've heard good things about Barnes, both from students who worked at the hospital as techs or in other capacities, and from a former co-worked in IT who graduated from there through their part-time program.

    The main concern there would be transferability of those credits if you chose to go on for your MSN somewhere else....I'd check around with the local universities that offer MSN programs if you think you'll be staying in the region to make sure you can utilize those credits at a later date. Just a thought...
  5. by   BeccaznRN
    I have also heard good things about BJCON - although I attend UMSL we did many of our clinicals at BJH (also worked as a tech there for about a year) and many of their techs attend BJCON. Everyone says it's difficult, but a fantastic program.

    I believe credits from BJCON are transferable (probably much easier than, say Sanford Brown), but it is always a good idea to check around to other schools to be 100% sure. BJCON also offer a lot of MSN degrees for different specialities, so you could always go back for the MSN there if that is one of your career objectives.

    The only negative I can think of is that the tuition is steep. However, if you work part-time as a tech at a BJC facility while attending school, they will give you $4500 per year toward tuition/books with minimal time commitment.
  6. by   kmj1228
    Thanks for the info. I had read that you can get tuition assistance if you work there, but I didn't know if you could if you only worked part time. That's good news...definatly something to check into when I get to that point.

    Good luck to you all.
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from kmj1228
    Thanks for the info. I had read that you can get tuition assistance if you work there, but I didn't know if you could if you only worked part time. That's good news...definatly something to check into when I get to that point.

    Good luck to you all.
    I should have clarified - you must be a part-time benefits-eligible employee in order to get the tuition assistance. To be benefits-eligible, you must work between 30 and 70 hours per pay period (2 weeks).
  8. by   LittleNurseGina
    I am a student now at BJCONAH. I am in the accelerated program, and it's only in the 2nd year. They have a few kinks with the program that they're working out but I have loved the school so far. If you compare our prices to SLU we aren't expensive at all! Feel free to ask me any other questions you have about it, but I would recommend it. I hope to stay and get my masters there too!
  9. by   mamason
    A few points to consider:



    The BJC nursing program is associated with Washington University
    Clinicals would be held at Barnes< which is one of the top hospitals in the country.
    I believe you would recieve a BSN upon completion.
    They offer part-time school for those that have to work and take care of families.
    BJC school of nursing has a very "good" reputation as far as new grads looking for jobs.
    I did not attend BJC, BUt, if I had to do it all over, that would have been my school of choice.
  10. by   luvs2readlotsRN
    I'm with you mamason I wish I could have attended there. I will finish my ADN at St Louis Community College(don't get me wrong I'm very happy with their program!)and then hope to work at BJC and finish my BSN at Barnes Jewish School of nursing. I just couldnt afford the tuition!
  11. by   mamason
    Same here, I couldn't afford the tuition either.
  12. by   WinksRN
    Quote from StlRn2b1206
    I have also heard good things about BJCON - although I attend UMSL we did many of our clinicals at BJH (also worked as a tech there for about a year) and many of their techs attend BJCON. Everyone says it's difficult, but a fantastic program.

    I believe credits from BJCON are transferable (probably much easier than, say Sanford Brown), but it is always a good idea to check around to other schools to be 100% sure. BJCON also offer a lot of MSN degrees for different specialities, so you could always go back for the MSN there if that is one of your career objectives.

    The only negative I can think of is that the tuition is steep. However, if you work part-time as a tech at a BJC facility while attending school, they will give you $4500 per year toward tuition/books with minimal time commitment.

    Sanford Brown credits are transferrable to Webster University and Deaconess College.My friend was a LPN, whent to Sanford Brown,transfereed to Webster for her BSn and now is in UMSl Nurse Practitioner PRogram. I know for fact the field isnt competitive enough to be too picky networking ultimately RULES ALL about who you know most the time to get the dollars and experience you want.
  13. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from WinksRN
    Sanford Brown credits are transferrable to Webster University and Deaconess College.My friend was a LPN, whent to Sanford Brown,transfereed to Webster for her BSn and now is in UMSl Nurse Practitioner PRogram. I know for fact the field isnt competitive enough to be too picky networking ultimately RULES ALL about who you know most the time to get the dollars and experience you want.
    When I have spoken about difficulty in transferring Sanford Brown credits and hospitals not wishing to hire Sanford Brown grads, my information has come strictly from other quotes on this board from Sanford Brown graduates. I wish I could find the one specific thread so I could refer to it here, but I'm not having too much luck!

    If Sanford Brown credits are now accepted by Webster and Chamberlain, then that's wonderful news! Although expensive, this is another avenue for future nurses to enter the field as well as be able to continue their educations. I have just always advised nursing students to make sure credits will transfer if they would like to continue with a BSN, MSN, etc., no matter what school they attend.
  14. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from StlRn2b1206
    If Sanford Brown credits are now accepted by Webster and Chamberlain, then that's wonderful news! Although expensive, this is another avenue for future nurses to enter the field as well as be able to continue their educations. I have just always advised nursing students to make sure credits will transfer if they would like to continue with a BSN, MSN, etc., no matter what school they attend.
    Ditto...I have read countless times on these boards and was also warned away by another college out of this area when I was contemplating their program...but the caveat to that being: Make SURE you can transfer those courses...and that there would be no guarantee if you were going out of state or elsewhere once you were done. I was also told the same thing about attending the program at BJC when I was looking at that about 2.5 years ago!

    This is just wise; it's not a knock against SB if they've got their program straightened out! It's nice to have input from someone who's been there!

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