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St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and SJC have a cooperative Nursing program that offers a seamless integrated Diploma-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum. The collaborative program stimulates Nursing students to think analytically, pursue independent learning experiences, and develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity toward themselves and others. This is accomplished by the synthesis of knowledge obtained from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing in accordance to the visions and values of our Franciscan and Missionaries of the Precious Blood traditions.


BSN in Nursing (4 year)

Saint Joseph’s College (College) and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (School) are legally two separate institutions, however the nursing curriculum is offered as a Cooperative Program between Saint Joseph’s College and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.  As such upon completion of study, the graduate is awarded a BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) degree from Saint Joseph’s College and the DIPLOMA IN NURSING from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.

Why Nursing?

  • 1 According to the United States Department of Labor, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”
  • 2 A BSN will allow you to work virtually anywhere. Nurses are employed by hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, correctional facilities, schools, summer camps, the military, and more.
  • 3 In 2010, the United States Department of Labor reported that nurses make an average of $64,690 per year.

Careers in Nursing

  • Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Anesthetic Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Home Health Care Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Nurse Practicioner

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Valparaiso University
  • Purdue University
  • DePaul University
  • New York University
  • Indiana State University

Why Study Nursing at Saint Josephs's College?


While our Nursing students are equipped with the knowledge that they need for the workforce, St. Elizabeth and SJC take a Christian Humanist approach to help our students develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity toward themselves and others. Thus, our purposes are:

  • To prepare graduates to practice proficiently with compassion as nurse generalists in a variety of care settings for clients across the lifespan.
  • To promote an environment that values life-long learning of individuals who are confident in confronting the issues and complexities of delivering quality care today and in the future with intelligence, faith, service, and stewardship.
  • To prepare graduates to assume leadership roles giving witness to the Christian Humanism values of justice, respect, and commitment to human solidarity and interdependence on local, national, and global levels.

Hands-on Experience

SJC and St. Elizabeth offer a hands-on approach to students wishing to earn their BSN, the desired entry level degree into the nursing profession. Therefore, Nursing students participate in clinicals every semester that they are enrolled in the Clinical Nursing curriculum. Nursing students spend their first year of classes on SJC’s campus and years two through four at the St. Elizabeth campus in Lafayette,  Ind, where students travel a 60-mile radius to clinical sites

Dedication to Excellence

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing has been educating registered nurses for over a century. Our Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National Leadgue for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The program is also is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. 


Admission requirements:

  • 2 official high school transcripts
  • 2 official transcripts from any/all colleges attended
  • TEAS admission exam passed at the proficiency level

To be accepted directly into the STE Clinical Nursing track, students must:

  • Be ranked in the upper half of their high school class
  • Have a “C” or higher in math, science, and English
  • Have an SAT composite score of 920 (combined critical reading and math) or an ACT composite score of 19

For more information, visit or contact Anita Reed at or 219.866.6285.



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