BSN Four-Year Degree Plan

The following is a sample schedule for this major - your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

Timeline for completion

You can complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in eight regular semesters (four years). This is often faster than a two-year associate degree and BSN-completion program.

You're required to have all pre-nursing course work completed or in progress by the time you apply to the BSN program.

Pre-nursing transfer credits

If you've completed a pre-nursing program at a different school, your transfer credits can typically help you complete the BSN degree at Missouri State in four regular semesters (two years).

The following degree plan is based on the 2021-22 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (pre-nursing)

Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
or MTH 134 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling
or MTH 136 Precalculus 1
or MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
or MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
BMS 111 Introduction to Human Biology Laboratory 1
BMS 110 Introduction to Human Biology
or BIO 121 General Biology I
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours 14-17

Second semester (pre-nursing)

Courses Hours
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHM 160 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
or CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
The Arts - General Education 3
Total hours 17

Third semester (pre-nursing)

Courses Hours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy
or KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
DTN 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours 15-16

Fourth semester (pre-nursing)

Courses Hours
BMS 308 Human Physiology
or KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology
BIO 212 Elements of Microbiology 2
BIO 213 Elements of Microbiology Laboratory 1
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
Writing II - General Education 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours 15-16

Acceptance into BSN program

You must be accepted into the BSN (nursing) program before the start of your fifth semester.

Depending on when you start. you'll complete the program in a fall cohort or spring cohort.

Fifth semester (nursing program)

Courses Hours
NUR 302 Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 303 Fundamentals of Nursing 5
NUR 342 Nursing: Health Assessment 4
NUR 355 Nursing: Pathophysiology for Healthcare Providers 3
Total hours 15

Sixth semester (nursing program)

Courses Hours
NUR 304 Medical Surgical Nursing I 6
NUR 323 Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family 4
NUR 331 Nursing: The Mental Health Client 4
NUR 360 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Total hours 17

Seventh semester (nursing program)

Courses Hours
NUR 312 Medical Surgical Nursing II 6
NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family 4
NUR 416 Nursing: The Older Adult Client 2
NUR 487 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total hours 15

Eighth semester (nursing program)

Courses Hours
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health 4
NUR 478 Nursing: Senior Seminar 2
NUR 482 Nursing: Leadership and Management 6
NUR 490 Critical Care Nursing 2
NUR 475 (Nursing Internship) Optional Clinical Hours 3
Total hours 14-17

Degree plan notes and grade requirements

  • You must meet all prerequisites for each course, or you will not be allowed to progress in the program.
  • You must maintain a cumulative course exam average of 75% or higher in nursing courses.
  • Courses in the nursing major may not be taken more than twice.