Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) is part of the public Southern Illinois University System. The university enjoys a number of rankings, including a Top 15 spot inU.S. News World Reports 2017 Best Regional Universities Midwest list, a 2015 HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award) award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, and the 2016 Military Friendly School award from Victory Media, amongst others.
SIUE offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with three entry/ completion paths. One track is a traditional pre-licensure program for new first-degree nursing students. Another track is also for new nursing students, but who hold a non-nursing bachelors degree. The third track is a completion program for licensed registered nurses holding an associates degree or diploma in nursing. The latter two programs are both designated as accelerated. Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:Bachelor of Science in Nursing Traditional Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated RN to BS in Nursing (BSN) Option (online)
Students in the RN to BSN track will be focused on upper division courses, particularly in nursing. Credits granted towards the BSN will vary by student. Students in the other two tracks will have taken no nursing courses, and must complete any necessary lower-division courses (general education, electives, nursing, etc.) Total required credits is 121 for graduation. Online courses for the RN track are eight weeks in length. Students can take the Traditional track at either the SIUE or flagship Carbondale campus.