Nursing (Pre-licensure, 4-year program)
Nursing (Pre-licensure, 4-year program)
The School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure, 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 Pre-Nursing Handbook for additional information of application and 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 twice a year for full-time study.
- Applications for admission to the program are due January 31 or July 31, on or before 5:00 PM CST and will be reviewed beginning the following month and continue until the class is full.
- Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the McQueary College of Health and Human Services Advisement Center 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, 2015).
- Admission to Missouri State University.
- Completion of application to the Pre-licensure BSN program to the School of Nursing, including a current resume.
- Complete a job shadowing experience with a registered nurse (RN) for a minimum of eight (8) total hours. Provide the required information as indicated on the application.
- Submission of official transcripts of all college course work.
- Completion of a minimum of 43 credit hours.
- Completion of the General Education Foundations courses.
- 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.
- Completion of the specific General Education requirements listed in section A. of program requirements with a grade of "C" or higher.
- MTH 134(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 application date.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all attempted college course work. Complete nursing prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher.
- Meet technical standards of the program in order to successfully undertake the course of study. These standards are included in the BSN Pre-Nursing Handbook, discussed in the application process and available upon request from the School of Nursing.
- 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.
- Applicants must demonstrate academic potential to successfully complete the program.
- Applicants must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behavior and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
- 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.
Once a student has been selected for admission to the BSN Program, they will receive an acceptance letter. The letter will state a required return date and the additional documentation required for full admission. All documentation must be submitted by the required date or the student will forfeit the admission and the School of Nursing will consult the waiting list to extend the next offer of admission.
The additional items include:
- 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).
- Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. AHA course information and requirements may be accessed at the American Heart Association website.
- All students must carry health insurance throughout the entire program.
Additional requirements of the program
- 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.
- Expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Specific General Education requirements that must be passed with a grade of C or better: CHM 116(4) or CHM 160(4); PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3); MTH 134(3) or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement. Note: CHM 160 is preferred over CHM 116.
- The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B- or better before beginning the first nursing course: BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3); BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3).
- The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better before beginning the first nursing course: BIO 212(2) and 213(1); DTN 240(3).
- Upper division Nursing must be completed with a grade of C or better (64 hours): NUR 302(3), 303(5), 304(5), 312(6), 315(1), 322(4), 323(3), 325(2), 331(4), 342(4), 355(3), 360(3), 416(2), 442(6), 478(2), 482(6), 487(3), 490(2).
- 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).
- Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NUR 442(6).
University level requirements:
Retention, progression, and graduation policies
- After admission into the Nursing major, the students must achieve the following for retention in the major.
- Achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses.
- Receive a "pass" in all clinical evaluations.
- Maintain a University cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in all nursing and supportive courses.
- Courses in the nursing major may not be taken more than twice.
- 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.
- Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
- Maintain current CPR certification, immunizations, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals, and health insurance requirements.
- Maintain the ability to meet technical standards of the program.
- Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain continuous enrollment in nursing courses and progression through the program.
- Students are required to complete a live NCLEX review course before graduation.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Pre-licensure BSN program.
Transfer students with prior nursing courses will be reviewed on an individual basis by evaluating course content and objectives.