Online Nursing Program

Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing at St. Ambrose University

Online Nursing

Earn while you learn! Schedule and location are no longer barriers to furthering your nursing education and career. Our flexible, online LPN-BSN and RN-BSN programs are designed around your needs.

  • flexible program designed around the needs of a working professional; The flexibility of learning while you are earning
  • High-quality, student-centered online instruction at premiere clinical settings from faculty and staff who are leaders in their fields
  • Integration of innovative methods of learning including person-centered care, interprofessional education, and simulation
  • The ability to earn additional industry-recognized professional certifications and credentials to advance careers
  • Access to a robust joint network of healthcare systems for clinical and career opportunities

Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing

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Nursing Accreditation


Students in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are invited to explore the pathways to our online nursing school. Expansion to further States is always under consideration. 

To complete the clinical requirements, they are scheduled in a cluster format. Students may need to travel to complete a 3-day clinical rotation at various intervals during the program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get my BSN at SAU?
The flexibility of our online program to complete your BSN allows for the working adult to learn while the earn. This flexibility also allows for students to increase or decrease their
course load each semester to allow for work-school-life balance.
What is the admissions process for the program?
Students must first be admitted to SAU. Once all pre-requisite course work has been completed, students must apply to the nursing program.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Degree completion depends on the number of transfer credits, and desire for a full or part time plan of study. Nursing coursework in a full-time plan could be complete in 4 semesters following completion of general education and pre-requisite requirements.
How often are students admitted to the program?
Students will be admitted into the nursing program in the Fall and Spring, but can start pre-nursing courses anytime.
What credits will transfer?
Most of your credits will transfer. An individual plan of study will be developed based upon your transfer credits and preference for a full or part time plan of study. Partial credit can be granted for some courses with proof of LPN or RN licensure.
What are the clinical requirements and schedule?
To complete the clinical requirements, these are scheduled in a cluster format. Students may need to travel to complete a 3-day clinical rotation at various intervals during the program.

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Honoring Nano Nagle's Legacy

History of Nano Nagle

Born to a wealthy family in Ireland in 1718, Nano Nagle's parents sent her to France to be educated since strict penal laws barred Catholic children from attending school in Ireland. She returned to Ireland after her father's death in 1746; her mother died soon after. Prayer and reflection led Nano back to France to become a sister. Even as she began her new life as a sister, Nano's thoughts often returned to the children of the poor families back in Ireland.

At age 32, she left the convent in France and returned to Ireland, where she secretly gathered the children of the poor and taught them catechism, reading, writing and mathematics. As Nano spent her days with the children, they would tell her of their sick friends or family members. Nano began to visit the sick and the elderly after school, bringing them food, medicine and comfort.

She often made visits late into the night, carrying her lamp among the alleyways. Before long, Nano became known as the Lady of the Lantern.

Nano decided to open a convent where women could share the mission of Jesus through prayer, teaching and care for the sick and needy. Nano and three companions opened the first Presentation Convent in Cork, Ireland, on Christmas Day in 1775. In 1784, at age 65, Nano died.

She left her compelling vision of service to a growing community of Presentation Sisters. Her final words are emblematic of her timeless legacy, and they remain a guiding principle for the Sisters:

"Love one another as you have hitherto done."

More About St. Ambrose University

At St. Ambrose University, transformation begins with empowerment.

Through an education infused with intentional, holistic compassion and care, we provide students with the abundance of resources and confidence they need to become world-shapers in any and every field.

As one community, we inspire those around us through remarkable acts of service and selflessness, enriching lives wherever and however we can. We seek to better ourselves in order to meaningfully invest in the well-being and growth of our campus, our neighbors, and our world.  Learn more about St. Ambrose University.


This degree program is for individuals working as licensed practical nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Pre-licensure program is online with clinical partnerships near students' homes with skills check-out arranged at regional hospital locations.


This degree program is for individuals working as licensed registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program takes place entirely online, allowing students to maximize a flexible schedule and convenient remote study. To be eligible, students must have an RN license.

Online Student Resources

We work together to support your success, and offer a broad range of academic and student resources. Click here for the full list of resources that are available.

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