Application Steps

 You must have a current RN license without restrictions

or permission to apply for the Scholar’s Program.


  1. Apply to the University as a transfer student, declaring BSN Completion Program as your major

  2. Apply to the Department of Nursing (this often happens while you are applying to the University)

    1. Fill out the application (see the separate packets for students with an RN license and Scholar Program students)

    2. Compile documents listed on the checklist (found on the last page of the application)

    3. Contact Megan Barnette for information regarding background screening and drug screening

    4. Mail, email, fax or carry-in the application and the contents of the checklist, in a single packet, before the application deadline

      1. May 1 for Summer semester
      2. August 1 for Fall semester
      3. December 1 for Spring semester
  3. Contact the Nursing Department at 417-836-5310

    1. Make an appointment with a BSN-C advisor. Ask questions and write a tentative plan of study.

    2. Contact Megan Barnette to confirm your application has been received in full

  4. Register for Classes after you and your advisor discuss a plan

    1. All components of the application must be completed before you can be given permission to enroll in a class.

    2. Orientation must be completed before class begins.

    3. Any student who has registered for nursing classes, but have not completed application or orientation will be dropped from the nursing class.

  5. Attend the Nursing Orientation:

    1. Offered the First Monday before classes begin each semester (August, January, June).

    2. Meet your classmates, staff, and faculty

    3. Pay for: nametag, polo shirt, and Typhon

    4. Complete HIPAA and Blood Borne Pathogen online trainings

    5. Learn how the program works and how to navigate the online systems and support features

    6. Learn about campus resources

      1. Financial aid
      2. Writing Center
  6. Take classes:

    1. Nursing classes

      1. There are two classes requiring clinical hours. Clinical hours are completed in a community agency in the community where you live.

    2. University General Education Requirements

        1. These are not pre-requisites; they may be taken at the same time as the nursing classes

        2. The writing II requirement will be met by the nursing courses

        3. The sciences may have been met in your basic nursing program (check with your advisor)

        4. SOC 150 and PSY 121 are both required by the nursing program