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St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois has been cited as the oldest Catholic hospital-based school of nursing in the United States. The school is dedicated to the education of professional nurses whose practice exemplifies excellence in healthcare.

Admitting twice a year beginning January 2023! Apply now for Spring 2023 or Fall 2023!

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Prospective Students

Information for students interested in applying to St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield.  


Current Students

St. John’s College of Nursing will move to a mostly online class format for the fall 2020 semester. While all theory-based classes will take place online, all clinical experiences will continue at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.


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St. John's Nursing Alumni Association members include graduates from the diploma school and the College of Nursing programs. The Alumni Association produces the ECHO, a newsletter with information about alumni, the College and the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis twice a year. 

About St. John's College of Nursing

St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois offers two master's degree programs and upper division baccalaureate nursing degree programs for students who have completed the prerequisite liberal arts and science courses at any accredited college or university. 

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Financial Services

All students have access to a number of financial services provided by St. John's College of Nursing. Learn about the tuition of each of our programs and the financial assitance options we offer for your pursuit of a nursing degree. 

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News & Events

Here are some of our most recent news stories.

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Judy Shackelford retires after 36 years

February 1, 2023

Judy Shakelford, BSN, MSN, PhD has retired as Dean of Academic Affairs from St. John's College of Nursing 
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Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review visit by the ACEN

January 31, 2023

HSHS St. John's College of Nursing wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for initial accreditation
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BSN students graduate

December 21, 2022

St. John's College of Nursing celebrates December 2022 graduates
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Dr. Charlene Aaron, Chancellor of St. John's College of Nursing


"Our graduates are prepared for the current state of healthcare. Our graduates are prepared for providing acute care and community-based care. I encourage you to search our website to look at our programs and extra-curricular activities. There are so many opportunities for St. John’s College of Nursing graduates."


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