Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Nursing (completion program for registered nurses)

Major(s)

Nursing (Comprehensive) (completion program for registered nurses)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers a Junior-Senior level nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Degree candidates must be registered nurse graduates of associate degree or diploma nursing programs. Admission to the program is by application and selection as stated in the admission policies. Students should refer to the BSN Student Handbook for additional information on the policies and procedures in the Department of Nursing.

Admission Policies

  1. Acceptance of application to the University by the Office of Admissions. (Note: Admission to the University does NOT automatically constitute acceptance for the professional program in nursing.)
  2. Current licensure in good standing as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri or in the state where they practice.
  3. Provide evidence of current health insurance.
  4. Provide evidence of current malpractice liability insurance prior to enrollment in the first clinical nursing course (i.e., NUR 442).
  5. GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale, based on at least 30 hours of college work. GPAs below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis.
  6. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. No online courses are accepted.
  7. Submit evidence of current immunization (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, complete Hepatitis B series, and a PPD (or evidence of appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals)).
  8. An admission conference with a member of the Department of Nursing Faculty is recommended for direction in sequencing courses.
  9. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
  10. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable academic potential to successfully complete the program.
  11. Application deadlines for admission are August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer.

Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Educator Option degree

Students must apply to the accelerated RN to MSN option when they first apply for admission to the B.S.N completion program and prior to enrolling in nursing or supporting courses required in the BSN Students may not enter the RN-MSN option after they begin taking courses for the BSN completion program. After successful completion of the BSN requirements, all students in this Nurse Educator option will receive the BSN and may be granted full admission to the Graduate College. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: SOC 150(3) and PSY 121(3)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Upper Division Nursing Requirements: NUR 306(3), 341(4), 342(4), 442(6), 472(3), 482(6), 484(2), 515(3), 565(3)
    2. 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) or others by permission.
    3. 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
    A maximum of six hours in NUR 499 may be credited toward the degree.

Technical requirements

The Missouri State University BSN-C is an online program. Didactic online content is delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the BSN-C program must be computer literate and be comfortable using word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to manage files, navigate the internet and access resources, and use a headset, computer camera, scanner, and fax machine. Students who have deficiencies in these areas are encouraged to seek training before the start of the program.

The Department of Nursing uses a Blackboard course management system for all courses. Additionally the Adobe Macromedia software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Videoconferencing may be used with Adobe Macromedia or Skype software. Requirements of the program include access to broadband (Cable or DSL) connections, a web camera and microphone headset, and a laptop computer with wireless capabilities to meet the minimal hardware requirements. Our multimedia content is optimized for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Additional requirements of the program

  1. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies.
  2. 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 disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Students are expected to purchase community uniforms and initial equipment before beginning nursing courses. A list of the items and their prices can be obtained from the Department of Nursing.
  4. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
  5. Students are required to pay course fees for each semester they are enrolled in clinical nursing courses.

Readmission policy

Continuing enrollment in Missouri State must be maintained to be considered a student in the BSN program. Students who interrupt their education for a year or more must follow University readmission policies and petition the Department of Nursing to be reinstated in the nursing program at which time the previous course work will be reevaluated.

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 better 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 8 years before the student’s date of graduation may be disallowed by the Nursing Department.
    7. Maintain current immunizations, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals, and health insurance requirements.
    8. Maintain current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. No online courses are accepted.
  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 coursework 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.