Program Requirements

Nursing major

Once you start the program, you must stay enrolled in nursing courses and progress through the program with your cohort.

A minor is not required.


Major requirements:

  1. Specific General Education requirements that must be passed by the time of application submission with a grade of C- or better: ENG 110(3); CHM 116(4) or CHM 160(4); COM 115(3); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3); MTH 134(3) or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement; at least one Civics course must be completed by the time of application submission: HST 121(3), HST 122(3) or PLS 101(3).
  2. The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better before beginning the first nursing course: BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3); BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3); BIO 212(2) and 213(1); DTN 240(3); one course in statistics must be completed with a grade of C or better: IPE 381(3), SOC 302(3), PSY 200(3), MTH 340(3), QBA 237(3), AGR 330(3), PSY 527(3).
  3. Upper division Nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (61 hours): NUR 302(3), 303(5), 304(6), 312(6), 322(4), 323(4), 331(4), 342(4), 355(3), 360(3), 416(2), 442(4), 478(2), 482(6), 487(3), 490(2).
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NUR 442(4).

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Academic requirements

Retention, progression, and graduation policies

  1. After admission into the Nursing major, the students must:
    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 2.75 or higher.
    4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in nursing and supportive courses.
    5. Courses in the nursing major may not be taken more than twice.
    6. Demonstrate professionalism, evidenced by acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and insight regarding behaviors and attitudes expected of professional nurses (ANA Nurse Code of Ethics).
    7. Maintain current CPR certification, immunizations required by our clinical partners, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive results, and health insurance requirements.
    8. Maintain the ability to meet technical standards of the program.
    9. Maintain continuous enrollment in nursing courses and progression through the program. If continuous enrollment is not maintained, the student must apply for readmission to the program.
  2. Graduation from the Pre-licensure 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. Refer to State of Missouri Revisor of Statutes website.
  3. Students that fail to meet the academic requirements listed above, will be required to create a student plan for success and remediation will occur.
    1. If the student is unable to meet the academic and or clinical requirements despite completion of their plan for success, this may result in dismissal from the nursing program.
    2. Failure to meet the probationary restrictions could also result in dismissal from the program.
    3. Failure of more than one course in two consecutive semesters will result in program dismissal.

Academic probation: inability to maintain course exam average of 75% or higher.

Clinical probation: unsuccessful achievement of a “pass” grade in all nursing clinical courses.

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 School of Nursing recommends that a student contact the state board of nursing for the state in which the student plans to seek employment.