Nursing (generic, 4-year program)


Nursing (generic, 4-year program) (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a generic, 4-year nursing program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Admission to this program is by application and selection as stated in the admission policies. Student should refer to the BSN Student Handbook for additional information on the policies and procedures in the School of Nursing.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) is competitive and selective, and not all who apply can be accommodated. Students will be admitted to the nursing program once a year for full-time study. Applications for admission to the program are due January 31, on or before 5:00 PM CST and will be reviewed beginning February 1 in the year prior to summer admission, and continue until the class is full.

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the School of Nursing prior to or upon entering the University to ensure the proper selection and sequencing of prerequisites for the BSN program. The decision to admit a student to the BSN program will be based on a holistic picture of the completed course work and values that are consistent with the conduct of the profession and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses (ANA, 2001).

Admission Policies

  1. Admission to Missouri State University.
  2. Completion of application to the Generic BSN program to the School of Nursing, including a current resume.
  3. Submission of official transcripts of all college course work.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 43 credit hours.
  5. Completion of the General Education Foundations courses, except Writing II (including those listed in A. below) at the time of application to the program, and have no more than one General Education requirement (other than those listed in A below) remaining at the time the nursing program begins. Also, NUR 472(3) and statistics may be taken during the nursing program as a prerequisite or co-requisite with NUR 442(6), but must be taken prior to the spring semester of the senior year in the program.
  6. Completion of the prerequisites BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3); BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3) with a grade of "B-" or higher.
  7. Completion of the specific General Education requirements listed in A below with a grade of "C" or higher.
  8. MTH 135(3) or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement, chemistry, and anatomy will be given additional points in the selection process if completed by the January 31 application date.
  9. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all attempted college course work. Complete nursing prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher.
  10. Meet technical standards of the program in order to successfully undertake the course of study. These standards are available upon request from the program.
  11. Submit evidence of current immunizations (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, complete Hepatitis B series, and a PPD or evidence of appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals).
  12. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. AHA course information and requirements may be accessed at
  13. All students must carry health insurance throughout the entire program. A comprehensive student group health and accident insurance policy is available through Missouri State University.
  14. Applicants who have previously attended a nursing school or another school of a health-related profession must have a letter submitted from the Dean or Head of that school that includes a statement regarding the student’s standing at the previous school. Applicants who have been previously dismissed from a program or were not in good standing at the time of dismissal will not be considered for admission.
  15. Applicants must demonstrate academic potential to successfully complete the program.
  16. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behavior and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
  17. Admission is based on completion of all admission requirements; on cumulative GPA of all attempted college course work, with some additional preference given to current Missouri State University students and to individuals with previous healthcare experience, leadership experience, and/or community service. Additional consideration will be awarded for the grade received on the first attempt of chemistry, anatomy, and the university mathematics requirement.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    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 "B-" or higher before beginning the first nursing course: BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3); BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3)
    2. 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)
    3. 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)
    4. 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)
    5. 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)
    6. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NUR 442(6).

  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Additional requirements of the program

Students are:

  1. Expected to purchase uniforms and initial equipment before beginning nursing courses. A list of the items and their prices can be obtained from the School of Nursing.
  2. Expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
  3. Required to pay course fees for each semester they are enrolled in clinical nursing courses. These fees are used to pay for student liability insurance, student evaluation throughout the program, NCLEX-RN preparation, and laboratory and clinical supplies and equipment.
  4. Required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies, for application to take the NCLEX-RN, and when applying for licensure with a State Board of Nursing.
  5. 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 disqualification that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.

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 School of Nursing.
    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:

Readmission Policy

Students who have interrupted their progression in the nursing courses for one semester or more must apply for readmission to the School of Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee. Applications for readmission will only be considered if the student was in good academic standing in both didactic and clinical courses at the time of withdrawal from the program, and if their studies have been interrupted three (3) semesters or less (excluding summer session). Applications for readmission for students who were in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal and meet the time limit will be reviewed on an individual basis and be based on: space availability in the cohort, prior success in the program, and potential for successful graduation from the program. Students seeking readmission should refer to the current version of the BSN Student Handbook for further information on the Reinstatement Policy for the generic BSN program.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students with prior nursing courses will be reviewed on an individual basis by evaluating course content and objectives.