St. Louis Accelerated Nursing Program (ABSN) From GCU

16-Month ABSN Nursing Program in St. Louis¹

Work to become a nurse by completing your accelerated nursing program near you. In your nursing program, you will experience immersive learning through online coursework, in-person skills, simulation labs and clinical rotations located in the St. Louis area. GCU has a clinical partnership with Mercy in Missouri, where you can complete a majority of your clinical rotations throughout your ABSN program.

This accelerated nursing option may be ideal for those with a previous non-nursing college background who are looking to make a career switch or take on a new role in the healthcare field.


In May 2021, nurses in St. Louis had a median annual salary of $77,390, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

Why Choose GCU for Your ABSN in St. Louis?

The ABSN program offers a hybrid format for you to complete your BSN degree in 16 months,1 while providing you the opportunity to feel prepared to enter the workforce as a nurse after graduation. When pursuing your ABSN degree, you will also complete nursing coursework that is taught with a Christian worldview in mind, emphasizing the role of nurses as servant leaders.

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Accelerated BSN Program in St. Louis for Non-Nursing Degree Holders

GCU is an institutionally accredited university,3 offering an accredited nursing program that can prepare you for the nursing workforce. Along with three start dates a year and the education that GCU provides its students, there are several more attributes of our accelerated nursing program that make it an ideal option for aspiring nurses.

Complete your ABSN coursework online.4

Apply yourself during labs and immersive simulation experiences.

Gain experience working with patients while attending your clinical rotations, with the oversight of experienced nursing faculty.

GCU’s ABSN program requires a minimum of 60 college credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. There are also pre-requisite course requirements that must be met. To learn more about eligibility and get in contact with a university counselor, fill out the form on this page.

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St. Louis Accelerated Nursing Program FAQs

If you’re looking forward to becoming a nurse, read though our frequently asked questions to learn more about enrolling in the ABSN program from GCU.

The accelerated BSN program is designed for students who have a minimum of 60 transferable college credits from an accredited institution (applies to all current, prior and prospective GCU students). You must also meet the GPA requirements and complete all pre-requisite course requirements. To view a list of all requirements, please refer to the University Policy Handbook.

Choosing St. Louis is a popular choice among nurses located in Missouri. As of May 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 70,440 RNs that are currently in Missouri,5 32,240 of them are located in St. Louis.6

Salary expectations are not negligible when looking at where to complete your nursing studies as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses in St. Louis had a median annual salary of $77,390 in May 2021.2

While completing your accelerated BSN program, you should expect to spend a considerable amount of your time dedicated to your studies. With this, it may be challenging to balance work with your academic obligations, such as your in-person labs, immersive simulations and clinical rotations. For more information regarding working while in your ABSN program, contact a university counselor.

If you are thinking about applying for GCU’s nursing program, it is recommended to get in contact with a university counselor. Your university counselor will be able to answer any additional questions, review your transcripts and provide you with next steps in the application process. To get in contact, fill out the form on this page.


St. Louis ABSN Learning Site

721 Emerson St.
St. Louis, MO 63141

View our Postsecondary State Authorizations and SARA and State Disclosures information for Missouri.

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Explore St. Louis Attractions and Activities

The second largest community in Missouri, historic St. Louis has much to offer to ABSN students.7
You can explore numerous must-see attractions, including many parks, museums of all kinds and the world-famous Gateway Arch. If you’re a sports fan, you can look forward to attending games year-round; including a professional hockey, baseball and soccer team, along with 16 Division I NCAA sports teams.8

When you’re not studying, you can explore St. Louis’ food scene, night life, neighborhoods and entertainment venues. Along with plenty of public transportation, these are just a few of the many reasons to pursue your ABSN degree in the lively city of St. Louis.7

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If you’re ready to begin your nursing career in the St. Louis area, request more information.

1 Secondary Applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits or have completed a baccalaureate degree which includes nine prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses, which can be completed in as few as 16 months. Direct Entry Applicants that do not transfer 60 credits but meet the minimum requirements can complete these credits through GCU prior to starting the core nursing courses. Depending on the state where student has enrolled or intends to complete the program, student may require additional courses. This may include, but is not limited to, additional general education courses, courses in the major, clinical courses, or a different course sequence. See University Policy Handbook.

2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 23, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as registered nurses. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

3 For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

4 While all courses are completed online, you will need to attend proctored exams, skills labs, immersive simulations and clinical hours in person.

5 United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Missouri. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on May 23, 2023.

6 United States Department of Labor. (n.d.). Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics May 2022 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates St. Louis, MO-IL. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on May 23, 2023.

7 St. Louis, MO Real Estate & Demographic Data. (n.d.). Neighborhood Scout. Retrieved on May 23, 2023.

8 25 Things to Do in St. Louis. (n.d). explore st. louis. Retrieved on May 23, 2023.

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