Missouri State University

Nursing Department

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Why study nursing at Missouri State?

  • Missouri State nursing faculty members prepare students to work in any health care setting and provide them with a strong background in science and nursing theory.
  • Missouri State nursing students have a first-time pass rate of 90 percent for 2013 on the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • This CCNE-accredited program provides 624 clinical contact hours.  These hours are 40 percent acute training in hospitals and clinics and 60 percent community based, collaborating with community partners to address health care needs of the community.
  • Students are provided the knowledge and skills to successfully care for patients and their families.  
  • When students graduate, they have the management and leadership skills needed to advance their career and education.
  • Throughout their education students have access to advisors in the nursing department.  Pre-program and post-program advisement services also are offered.

Excellence in the community

Missouri State's nursing program is selective, but student-centered, allowing students to receive more one-on-one attention from faculty members, who bring a variety of experience to the program and have strong ties to providing service to the community.  Faculty members want to help students make professional connections that will last long after graduation.

During the 4-year BSN, students can have a traditional University experience while completing an exceptional clinical program.  Students complete 624 or more clinical contact hours within acute care and community settings. These hours are spent one-on-one with a faculty member or a nurse preceptor, a nursing professional who serves as a teacher and mentor in this real-world classroom setting.  Not only are students learning, but also they are giving back to those in need of care.

The 4-year BSN program at Missouri State has full approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.