A new vision for nursing education: Bold nurses who are passionate about improving health care for all people.

The Stephens College Nursing program prepares students for the challenges and rewards of the rapidly changing health care industry. An innovative partnership with our neighbor, Boone Health, provides early access to clinical experiences with an emphasis on career readiness.

Let's get started. We are now enrolling students for Fall 2021

What Sets Us Apart

  • Stephens offers the only direct entry program in the region. That means, unlike many other programs, students enroll as freshmen and begin taking nursing courses in their first year.
  • The Stephens program is designed to be completed in just three years + two summers. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Our curriculum includes the full spectrum of health across age groups and level of need, including experiences in a premiere hospital and other regional health care settings.


The Stephens+Boone Partnership

The Stephens College Nursing program is exceptional for its partnership with Boone Health. Together, our neighboring institutions have designed a future-focused nursing education program. Our partnership advantages include:

  • Access to Boone Health’s new state-of-the-art simulation lab. The “sim lab” provides a safe but realistic environment for developing early clinical and decision-making skills.
  • Small classes taught by Stephens College nursing faculty.
  • Early integration into the Boone Health family with opportunities to work alongside Boone nurses and the health care team.
  • Stephens nursing scholarship for Boone employees >

The Stephens+Boone Nursing program is an exciting new approach in training our future professional nurses. Simulation training in a hospital setting coupled with a direct relationship between the school and hospital will strengthen the clinical experiences nursing students receive, providing the preparation, skill and confidence students will need to be successful in health care.”

- Monica Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services & Ancillary Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Boone Health

About Boone Health

Boone Health, a 392-bed full-service facility, was named the top hospital in mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report from 2015-2019. It is designated as a Magnet® Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes superior quality in nursing care as evidenced by performance outcomes.

Informational Webinars

Learn about program features with Dr. Noreen Houck, founding director of nursing.

Patient Care Technician Trainee Program

Boone Health’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) Trainee Program is perfect for pre-nursing students. A PCT performs various direct patient care functions and works closely with a nurse to ensure patients receive the highest level of personal care. In this program, you’ll receive both classroom and hands-on instruction in direct patient care to prepare you to be a PCT.

Contact Us

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Lela Raney Wood Hall 222
(573) 876-7207 (573) 876-7237 [email protected] 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215 Meet the Team
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School of Health Sciences

Dr. Noreen Houck | Director of Nursing

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