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 and one summer semester. This is often faster than a two-years 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 and one summer semester.

The following degree plan is based on the 2020-21 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall, pre-nursing)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
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
3-5
BMS 111 Introduction to Human Biology Laboratory 1
BMS 110 Introduction to Human Biology
or BIO 121 General Biology I
3-4
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours14-17

Second semester (spring, pre-nursing)

CoursesHours
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHM 160 General Chemistry I
4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
or CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory
1
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
3
The Arts - General Education 3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall, pre-nursing)

CoursesHours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy
or KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
3-4
DTN 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring, pre-nursing)

CoursesHours
BMS 308 Human Physiology
or KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology
3-4
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 hours15-16

Acceptance into BSN program

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

Fall cohort completes NUR 325 (summer course) after the second semester in the BSN program.

Spring cohort completes NUR 325 after the third semester.

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
NUR 302 Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 303 Art and Science of Nursing I 5
NUR 315 Issues in Contemporary Nursing 1
NUR 342 Nursing: Health Assessment 4
NUR 355 Nursing: Pathophysiology for Healthcare Providers 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
NUR 304 Art and Science of Nursing II 5
NUR 323 Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family 3
NUR 331 Nursing: The Mental Health Client 4
NUR 360 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (summer)

CoursesHours
NUR 325 The Pediatric Client Clinical Experience 2
Total hours2

Eighth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
NUR 312 Medical Surgical Nursing II 6
NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family 4
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health 4
Total hours16

Ninth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
NUR 416 Nursing: The Older Adult Client 2
NUR 478 Nursing: Senior Seminar 2
NUR 482 Nursing: Leadership and Management 6
NUR 487 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 490 Critical Care Nursing 2
NUR 475 (Nursing Internship) Optional Clinical Hours 3
Total hours15-18

Degree plan notes and grade requirements

  • A grade of "B" or high is required for Human Anatomy/Applied Human Anatomy (BMS 307/KIN 250) and Human Physiology/Applied Human Physiology (BMS 308/KIN 252). It's preferred that you take BMS 307 and BMS 308.
  • You must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in BIO 212 and BIO 313.
  • You must meet all prerequisites for each course, or you will not be allowed to progress in the program.