Quick Facts

          2001 William Street
          Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

  • Southeast Missouri Hospital School of Nursing opened in 1928 when the hospital opened
  • The School of Nursing transitioned to the College of Nursing in 1995.
  • In 1999, the College’s name changed to Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences when the surgical technology program was opened.
  • The Higher Learning Commission College awarded initial accreditation in May 2005.

To respond to the healthcare educational needs of the region by preparing qualified healthcare professionals.

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college’s academic programs are accredited by specialized accreditors. See all Accreditations.

Regionally accredited private, not-for-profit, co-educational college offering degrees in nursing and health sciences

Admissions Process
Rolling Admissions. An admission decision is made once all application materials have been received.

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Radiology Technology
  • Registered Nursing
  • Surgical Technology
Degrees Offered
  • Certificate (Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science (Nursing, Radiologic Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Employment Rates within Six Months of Graduation 100% of the College’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 graduates were employed within six months of graduation. According to the 2018 College Scorecard, the median salary of the College’s graduates ten years after entering the College was $49,300.

  • Fall 2018: 175
  • 40% full-time; 60% part-time
Age of Students
Fall, 2018 average age: 27

Fall 2018 Average Tuition and Fees per Semester:
  • Nursing: $4839.45
  • Radiologic Technology: $4,985
  • Surgical Technology: $8,261.60
  • Medical Laboratory Science: $8,468.40
  • Associate of Arts: $1,729.50

Students receiving one or more forms of financial aid
Fall 2018: 71% of students received at least one form of financial aid Average debt
2017: $18,750 compared to average student loan debt of $39,400 for all U.S. college graduates in 2017 Average Loan Default Rate 1.1% of Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences student borrowers who entered loan repayment in 2015 had defaulted within three years. (Compared to a national average of 10.8%)

Faculty and Staff
  • 14 full-time faculty
  • 8 full-time staff
  • 8 full-time administrators
Student/Faculty Ratio
About 8.4:1

Average Class Size
Class size varies by program. The medical laboratory science, radiologic technology, and surgical technology class typically have classes of 8-12 students in each course. The RN to BSN program class size is 5-10 students. The pre-licensure (Associate of Applied Science) courses generally enroll 15-30 students in classroom each course. Generally education course size varies greatly, depending on the course but rarely exceeds 25 students.

The College offers students, faculty and staff a safe environment to teach and learn. See Safety Information and Security Report:

Clubs and Organizations
  • All students are members of the Southeast Missouri Hospital College Student Council.
  • Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society of the two-year college. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
  • All nursing students are strongly encouraged to join the Student Nurses Association.

• The College has 1540 graduates.