Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

511 NE Greenleaf St, Peoria, IL 61603-3783

School Details

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois that is dedicated to educating compassionate and skilled nurse professionals.


Saint Francis Medical Center College for Nurses is owned by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is also one of the largest Catholic health care facilities in the United States. It is important to note that the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing encourages its students to attend church services. Catholic services are available daily and Protestant services are held weekly. The curricula of the programs offered by this institution are heavily influenced by the Judeo-Christian tenets that value both personal and professional philosophies related to God and humankind. The values that Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing espouse aim to guide the students into becoming ethical and accountable professional nurses.

The school had its beginning in 1905 as the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. The school was intended for “Sisters” or nuns only. In 1918, it started to admit lay students, as well. In 1950, it received accreditation of the diploma program from the National League of Nursing. From 1905 to 1987 the college graduated close to 3400 students from the diploma program. In 1985, the Department of Professional Regulations approved the addition of a baccalaureate program. Today, the school continues its history of nursing education whose mission is to provide health care to sick, poor, and injured people of the community. The mission of this institution is ""to provide nursing education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level....The College serves the community by providing competent entry level and advanced practitioners responsive to the changing health needs of society and the health care system."" The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.


Saint Francis Medical Center offers upper division undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that include a hands-on clinical practice that gives students great experience in their field. The undergraduate program prepares men and women for the practice of professional nursing. Students would receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in the graduate program can pursue either a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Master of Science in Nursing. Saint Francis offers distance learning options as well. Student organizations include: the Multicultural Student Association, Peer Teaching Group, Student Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau (nursing honor society), and the Student Senate.


Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing enrolls about 600 students, around 400 of whom are undergraduates. About 52% of undergraduates are 25 years old or older and 100% of undergraduate students are enrolled in some distance education and all graduate students are enrolled in distance education. Estimated tuition for undergraduate students is $15,810 per year and $6,120 per year for graduate students. On average $510 per credit hour. The school places a priority on financial aid to help students financially achieve their academic pursuits of becoming a nurse professional.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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