August 4, 2022

Last nursing diploma program in Missouri closes

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

After 124 years, the Lutheran School of Nursing in St Louis has closed, the August 1 St Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The School was the last nursing diploma program in Missouri.

On July 27, South City Hospital’s CEO wrote a letter to faculty announcing the news, citing enrollment and financial trends. South City Hospital is the 190 bed hospital that ran the school. It was formerly known as St Alexius Hospital.

A 2019 report by the Missouri State Board of Nursing cited problems with finances, faculty turnover, and facilities.

In February 2022, the school announced that it was not taking new students for the upcoming term because of a “moratorium of admissions from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.”

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