Missouri State University

BSN Four-Year Graduation Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can be completed in eight regular semesters and two summer semester.  It is a comprehensive degree, which does not require a minor.  This plan assumes the following:

  • No remedial coursework is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change majors.
  • The student must maintain full-time enrollment status.

Also, a four-year graduation plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that a student may bring with him or her upon admission to the University.

Until a student is accepted into and begins the program, he or she is considered a pre-nursing major.

The grades students receive the first time they take the following courses will be considered during the nursing program admission process: chemistry, anatomy, and the University math requirement.

Sample schedule

Below is a sample four-year schedule for the nursing program.  This schedule should not replace meetings with an advisor but should serve only as a guide.  To ensure students will meet all requirements for graduation, courses should be completed in exactly the order they are listed on this sample schedule.  Courses in bold are prerequisites to the BSN program and must be complete or in-progress by the application deadline.

Students should check out the course rotation before scheduling classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
BMS 110 Intro to the Biomedical Sciences OR *BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science OR BIO 121 General Biology I4
GEP Humanities Elective3
MTH 135 College Algebra or higher3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
CSC 101/CIS 101 Computers for Learning OR CSC 111 Intro to Computing2-3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
CHM 105 Fundamentals of Chemistry OR CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4-5
GEP Humanities Elective3
Total hours15-17

Third semester (fall)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy OR KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy3-4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 308 Human Physiology OR KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology3-4
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods3
NUR 472 Writing II Research Methods and Technologies OR Humanities elective3
HST 121/122 History3
Total hours14-15

Fifth semester (summer)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 302 Concepts in Nursing4
NUR 303 Art and Science of Nursing I3
Total hours7

Sixth semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
NUR 304 Art and Science of Nursing II5
NUR 342 Nursing: Health Assessment4
NUR 360 Introduction to Pharmacology3
NUR 565 Advanced Human Pathophysiology3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 472 Writing II Research Methods and Technologies OR Humanities elective3
NUR 311 Introduction to Family Health Nursing2
NUR 312 Nursing: The Adult Client6
NUR 331 Nursing: The Mental Health Client3
NUR 323 Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family Didactic3
Total hours14-17

Eighth semester (summer)

Ninth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 323- Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family Clinical 2 (clinical)
NUR 475 Nursing Internship (Optional)3
Total hours2-5

Ninth semester (fall)

Tenth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family4
NUR 416 Nursing: The Older Adult Client2
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health6
Elective or HUM or NUR 4723
Total hours15

Tenth semester (spring)

Eleventh semester courses Credit hours
NUR 482 Nursing: Leadership and Management6
NUR 478 Nursing: Senior Seminar2
Nursing OR Health Care Management Elective3
Undergraduate elective OR requirement3
Total hours14

*BIO 102 will only satisfy the prerequisite for KIN 250 (anatomy) and not BMS 307 (anatomy).  Students are encouraged to take BMS 110 or BIO 121 if possible to allow for future flexibility in anatomy scheduling.