Application and Admission Requirements

Before you can be admitted into the nurse educator certificate program you must first be accepted into the Missouri State Graduate College.

After you have been admitted to the Graduate College you must submit an application to the nurse educator certificate program. Application materials are available in the nursing department office located in the Professional Building, Room 300 or contact the program advisor.


Admission requirements

  1. Admission to the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing graduate program, that includes, at a minimum, graduate courses in nursing theory and research.
  3. Completion of a graduate clinical course with a grade of “B” or higher.  Students with no graduate clinical courses may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 781 and NUR 783 during their Certificate Program.
  4. Completion of a graduate health assessment course with a grade of “B” or higher.  Students with no graduate health assessment course may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 707.
  5. Graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  6. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing, and eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri.
  7. Evidence of current liability insurance.
  8. Evidence of current health insurance.
  9. Admission interview
  10. Evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases.
  11. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  12. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification.  Students taking CPR for the first time or whose CPR certification has expired must take a 4 hours face-to-face American Hearth Association BLS Healthcare for Provider's CPR course.  Online didactice course and written test are available at OnlineAHA.org for a fee for those students who need to recertify.  No online practice and skills testing will be accepted. 
  13. Submit drug screening test and a 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.

* Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the Department of Nursing Graduate Admission, Promotion and Graduation.  This may result in dismissal from the MSN program.

Because of course constraints, only a limited number of students will be admitted to the Post-master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program.  Complete applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Admission is on a space available basis.  Students may pursue either part-time or full-time study; however, all course work in the Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program must be completed within 5 years.