Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain continuous enrollment in nursing courses and progress through the program with their class.


Program requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements that must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher are: CHM 116(4); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3), MTH 135(3) or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement. Note: CHM 160 is preferred over CHM 116. However, CHM 160 will not count toward the General Education science requirement.
  2. Major Requirements. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses
    1. The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher before beginning the first nursing course: BIO 210(3); BMS 240(3); BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3); BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3)
    2. Upper Division Nursing: NUR 302(4), 303(3), 304(5), 311(2), 312(6), 322(4), 323(5), 331(3), 342(4), 360(3), 416(2), 442(6), 472(3), 478(2), 482(6), 565(3)
    3. Select one or more courses from the following to equal three(3) credit hours: HCM 301(3), HCM 303(3), HCM 504(3), NUR 420(3), NUR 490(3), NUR 499(1-6), NUR 501(3), NUR 502(3), NUR 503(3), NUR 515(3), NUR 530(3)
    4. 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)
    5. 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

Academic requirements

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 higher 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 eight (8) years before the student’s date of graduation may be disallowed by the Nursing Department.
    7. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
    8. Maintain current CPR certification, immunizations, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals, and health insurance requirements.
    9. Maintain ability to meet technical standards of the program.
    10. Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain continuous enrollment in nursing courses and progression through the program.
  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 course work 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.
  3. Graduation from the Generic BSN program does not guarantee a student's eligibility to become licensed as a professional nurse. Eligibility requirements include passing the NCLEX-RN exam and meeting RN licensure requirements for the state in which licensure is sought by the individual. The Missouri State Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny, revoke, or suspend a license. Please refer to: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c300-399/3350000066.htm

If a student fails to meet the academic requirements listed above, he or she will be placed on either academic or clinical probation in the nursing program or be dismissed.  Failure to meet the probationary restrictions could result in removal from the program.

Academic probation: requires a student  to maintain a “B-” or higher in the next nine hours of nursing or supporting courses.

Clinical probation: requires a “pass” grade in all nursing clinical courses.

Additional requirements

The nursing program has the following additional requirements related to successful completion of the program:

  • Students must maintain heath insurance throughout the nursing program.  For more information about the student health and accident insurance policy available through the University, visit the student health insurance page
  • To become a registered nurse, after graduation a student must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and fulfill all state requirements for licensure.  For further information, the Department of Nursing recommends that a student contact the state board of nursing for the state in which the student  plans to seek employment.