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About the School of Nursing

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is a diploma school of nursing located in Lafayette, Indiana. We provide a Diploma-BSN Cooperative Nursing Program in affiliation with Saint Francis University (Fort Wayne, IN). St. Elizabeth is the only diploma school of nursing in the state of Indiana. We are proud of our heritage and strong tradition of providing highly-educated, clinically-skilled professional registered nurses. Our tradition of early "hands-on" clinical experience in nursing courses has been an identified strength for our students and graduates. It is what they say sets them apart from other students and graduates of nursing. With our Diploma-BSN Cooperative Nursing Program offered in conjunction with the UNiversity of Saint Francis, all graduates receive both a Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree simultaneously.

We invite you to read through the following pages to learn more about St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. If you are interested in making a campus visit or have questions about our school, please send an email to Anita.reed@franciscanalliance.org , or call us at (765) 423-6400 and we will gladly schedule a personal visit for you.

Governance, Accreditation and Licensure

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and the University of Saint Francis (USF) are legally two separate institutions, however the nursing curriculum is offered as a Cooperative Program between USF and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. As such upon completion of study, the graduate is awarded a the DIPLOMA IN NURSING from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and a BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) degree from the University of Saint Francis.

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (as a part of Franciscan Health Lafayette) and USF are both sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration of Mishawaka, IN. As such, both institutions share missions and values founded on Catholic roots and Franciscan traditions.

Who We Are Accredited By?

This Diploma-BSN Cooperative Nursing Program of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and the University of Saint Francis has been reviewed and approved by the Indiana Board of Nursing (ISBN) under its authorization for Approval of Schools of Nursing and continues to recognize St. Elizabeth School of Nursing as a State Board of Nursing Approved School of Nursing. (Approved April 20, 2017). Due to the structure of the Cooperative Agreement between Franciscan Health (d/b/a St. Elizabeth School of Nursing) and University of Saint Francis, the University is not required to hold a separate approval status from the ISBN but is offering an ISBN-approved nursing curriculum by means of the Cooperative Agreement.

Why is Accreditation Important?

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (as a legal entity of Franciscan Health [FSEH]) is thus approved by the Indiana Board of Nursing to award a DIPLOMA and thus allows the graduates of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing to apply for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure for Examination as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). In addition, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) as a DIPLOMA program. When graduates of the Cooperative Nursing Program apply for Licensure by Examination (NCLEX), the State Approved School to be designated on the NCLEX application is St. Elizabeth School of Nursing – Lafayette, IN as a Diploma program.

An Accredited Degree

The St. Elizabeth School of Nursing-University of Saint Francis Diploma-BSN Cooperative Nursing Program offers an option to earn a BSN from the UNiversity of Saint Francis (USF). USF is a regionally accredited institution in good standing through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). It is through this accreditation that USF is authorizedto grant degrees as an accredited university, including the BSN degree.

The baccalaureate program in nursing (BSN) at USF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The USF BSN program received unconditional continuing accreditation for 10 years at its last CCNE accreditation visit on October 1-3, 2009. For more information about CCNE or other program accreditation, visit