Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Nursing

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) offers CCNE accredited traditional BSN, ABSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs including DNP Nurse Practitioner and COA accredited DNP Nurse Anesthesia programs as well as post-graduate Certificate programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
  • Location Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CRNA, NP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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In 1957, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), a public institution, was founded.

The Edwardsville campus has additional campuses in Alton and East St. Louis. SIUE's undergraduate nursing programs are located on the Edwardsville campus and the regional campus in Carbondale.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Traditional

This option is offered at the SIUE campus and through the SIUE Regional Nursing program at SIU Carbondale. Those completing the SIUE Nursing program in Carbondale will earn their BS degree from SIUE but will attend pre-nursing and nursing courses at SIU-Carbondale. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing licensure exam (National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and then be eligible for state licensure as an RN.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or better
  • 3.0 prerequisite course GPA
  • Prerequisite courses completed with a 'C' or better
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination
  • Carbondale curriculum is identical to the Edwardsville traditional BS program

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABS)

This degree program allows students with a bachelor's degree to attain a BS degree in nursing. It is compiled in three semesters and one Summer session ending with a second bachelor's degree. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing license exam (National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and then be eligible for state licensure as an RN.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Baccalaureate degree (in any major field) from an accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA (bachelor's degree cumulative GPA)
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisites (see SON program brochure)
  • Science courses must be completed within seven years of admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 2 letters of reference


The RN to BSN program is designed for RNs that hold an associate degree (ASN) or a nursing diploma. This flexible, 100% online program accommodates the needs of working RNs. The eight-week program can be completed within one year (3 semesters) after all general education requirements are met. It is flexible enough to be done as slow or as fast as the nurse desires.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA (includes all college-level courses)
  • Current, unencumbered RN license


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Specialty Areas

Health Care and Nursing Administration - This program is completely online and includes 315 practicum hours. Unfortunately, all states cannot accommodate clinical arrangements.

Nurse Educator - The face-to-face practicum experiences are the only part of the program that is offline. 2 years of teaching experience is required before taking the certification exam for National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Specialty Areas

Family Nurse Practitioner - This is a hybrid/blended format where classes are primarily online, but the learning will be supported by four on-campus immersion experiences. Graduates have the eligibility to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • All post-secondary academic transcripts
  • 3 references
  • BSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Current unencumbered RN licenses in the state of practicum experience
  • Nurse anesthesia must possess unencumbered Illinois and Missouri RN licenses
  • Minimum undergraduate nursing 3.0 GPA
  • Preferred minimum undergraduate science GPA of 3.0
  • Preferred minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate statistics course with a grade of 'C' or better
  • 1-year of professional nursing practice experience
  • Drug screen
  • Criminal background check
  • Application interview

Nurse Anesthesia DNP

At the end of the nurse anesthesia program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The nurse anesthesia DNP specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) on the Edwardsville campus.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • All FNP admission
  • Undergraduate course in organic or biochemistry and physics no more than 6 years prior to entering the program of study
  • At least 1-year of recent, critical care experience (adult ICU preferred)

Post-Master's DNP – For nurses that hold an MSN as an advanced practice nurse, or a BSN and a master's degree appropriate to their advance nursing practice role.

Post-Master's DNP and MBA - The online option is the primary format with two immersion experiences lasting three to five days.


The Higher Learning Commission accredited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate, master's (Nurse Educator, Health Care and Nursing Administration), Post-master's DNP, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia) programs.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) accredited the Nurse Anesthesia program.


US News & World Report (2019-2020)

  • #72 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #45 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #72 in Best Value Schools
  • #14 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #53 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #125 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #14 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #147 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #51 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia

Forbes (2019)

  • #557 Top Colleges
  • #202 in Public Colleges
  • #135 in the Midwest
  • #294 America's Best Value Colleges

NICHE (2019)

  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #243 of 599
  • Top Public Universities in America #259 of 672
  • Best College Campuses in America #319 of 1,408
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #374 of 725
  • Best College Locations in America #539 of 1,553
  • Best Colleges in America #676 of 1,647
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #693 of 1,542
  • Best Value Colleges in America #694 of 1,590
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #723 of 1,592
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #781 of 1,591
  • Top Public Universities in Illinois #7 of 11
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Illinois #10 of 23
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Illinois #10 of 21
  • Best College Campuses in Illinois #11 of 54
  • Best College Dorms in Illinois #21 of 53
  • Best College Locations in Illinois #23 of 54
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Illinois #25 of 55
  • Best Colleges in Illinois #26 of 58
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois #34 of 57
  • Best Value Colleges in Illinois #34 of 56
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois #36 of 58
  • Best Value Colleges in St. Louis Area #6 of 12
  • Best Colleges in St. Louis Area #8 of 12

College Factual (2018-2019)

  • #55 Best Colleges for the Money (top 20% overall nationally)
  • #6 Best Colleges for the Money in Illinois

The Princeton Review listed SIUE in their Green Colleges listings (2018-2019).

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