Program Requirements

The BSN-C program at Missouri State requires you to complete a minimum of 125 hours, with 40 hours of upper-division courses. This combines 47-51 hours of general education, 30 hours of basic nursing courses, 31 hours of upper-division nursing courses and six hours in related courses and electives.


Program Requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirements: SOC 150(3) and PSY 121(3)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Upper Division Nursing Requirements: NRS 306(3), 335(3), 338(3), 341(3), 342(3), 353(3), 357(3), 442(3), 443(3), 482(3); IPE 375(3)
    2. Select one course in statistics from the following: SOC 302(3), AGR 330(3), MTH 340(3), IPE 381(3), PSY 527(3) or others by permission.
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NRS 443(3).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements. A maximum of six hours in NUR 499 may be credited toward the degree.

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 be repeated only one time.
    6. Credit for upper division nursing courses taken more than 8 years before the student’s date of graduation may be disallowed by the School of Nursing.
    7. Maintain current immunizations, annual PPD or appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals, health insurance , and professional liability insurance.
    8. Maintain current American Heart Association BLS certification.
  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 the BSN-C program. 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 BSN-C program.

Additional requirements of the program

Once accepted into the BSN-C program, students will be required to purchase items required for clinical and submit the following program compliance documentation:

  1. When starting coursework students will need to pay the fee for tracking software (Typhon) $50.00.
  2. Prior to clinical coursework the nursing students will be required to provide the following documentation:
    1. Proof of negative TB status (within 1 year) or medical follow-up if positive (renewed annually)
    2. Proof of influenza vaccination documentation for clinical (renewed annually)
    3. Proof of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
    4. Proof of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination (series of two) or immunity
    5. Proof of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization as an adult
    6. Proof of hepatitis B (must complete series of 3 vaccinations) or immunity
    7. Proof of tetanus vaccination (within 10 years)
    8. Proof of current health insurance
    9. Proof of professional liability insurance (minimum limits of $1,000,000 each occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate)
  3. Students are required to purchase community uniform and initial equipment before beginning nursing clinical courses. The complete community uniform is outlined in the BSN-C handbook. Items required for purchase include a School of Nursing polo shirt and name badge.
  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.