Program Requirements

The BSN-C program at Missouri State requires you to complete a minimum of 125 hours, with 40 hours of upper-division courses. This combines 47-51 hours of general education, 30 hours of basic nursing courses, 31 hours of upper-division nursing courses and six hours in related courses and electives.


Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: SOC 150(3) and PSY 121(3)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Upper Division Nursing Requirements: NUR 306(3), 341(4), 342(4), 442(6), 472(3), 482(6), 484(2), 515(3), 565(3)
    2. Select one course in statistics from the following: SOC 302(3), PSY 200(3), MTH 340(3), QBA 237(3), AGR 330(3), PSY 527(3) or others by permission.
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NUR 442(6).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
    A maximum of six hours in NUR 499 may be credited toward the degree.

Retention, progression and graduation policies

  1. After admission into the Nursing major, the students must achieve the following for retention in the major.
    1. Achieve a grade of "C-" or better in all required courses.
    2. Receive a "pass" in all clinical evaluations.
    3. Maintain a University cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
    4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in all nursing and supportive courses.
    5. Courses in the nursing major may not be taken more than twice.
    6. Credit for upper division nursing courses taken more than 8 years before the student’s date of graduation may be disallowed by the Nursing Department.
    7. Maintain current immunizations, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals, and health insurance requirements.
    8. Maintain current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. No online courses are accepted.
  2. Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may be (a) placed on academic or clinical probation in the nursing major, or (b) dismissed from the nursing program. Students on academic probation must achieve a grade of "B-" or higher in the next 9 hours of coursework in nursing or supporting courses attempted. Students on clinical probation must receive a "Pass" in all remaining nursing clinical courses. Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission to the nursing major.

Additional requirements of the program

  1. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies.
  2. Apply for criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMo or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Students are expected to purchase community uniforms and initial equipment before beginning nursing courses. A list of the items and their prices can be obtained from the Department of Nursing.
  4. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
  5. Students are required to pay course fees for each semester they are enrolled in clinical nursing courses.