Application and Admission Requirements

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Application steps

Apply to the Graduate College as a pre-admission MSN-nurse educator certificate program student. 

After you have been admitted to the Graduate College, submit a program application to the School of Nursing: 

Application deadlines

The MSN-Nurse Educator Certificate application deadline is on or before:

  • May 1
  • August 1
  • December 1

Application to nursing programs require a non-refundable $50 program application fee to the School of Nursing. This is in addition to the university’s $35 application fee. The application fee does not guarantee acceptance into the desired program of your choosing.

Students may pursue either part-time or full-time study; however, all course work in the post-master’s nurse educator certificate program must be completed within 5 years.


Admission requirements

  1. Admission to the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing graduate program, that includes, at a minimum, graduate courses in nursing theory and research.
  3. Completion of a graduate clinical course with a grade of “B” or higher. Students with no graduate clinical courses may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 781 and NUR 783 during their Certificate Program.
  4. Completion of a graduate health assessment course with a grade of “B” or higher. Students with no graduate health assessment course may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 707.
  5. Graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  6. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing, and eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri.
  7. Evidence of current liability insurance.
  8. Evidence of current health insurance.
  9. Admission interview
  10. Evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases.
  11. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  12. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. Students taking CPR for the first time or whose CPR certification has expired must take a 4 hours face-to-face American Hearth Association BLS Healthcare for Provider's CPR course. Online didactic course and written test are available at OnlineAHA.org for a fee for those students who need to recertify. No online practice and skills testing will be accepted.
  13. Submit drug screening test and a criminal record check* and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.

* Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the School of Nursing Graduate Admission, Promotion and Graduation.  This may result in dismissal from the MSN program.

Because of course constraints, only a limited number of students will be admitted to the Post-master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program.  Complete applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Admission is on a space available basis.  Students may pursue either part-time or full-time study; however, all course work in the Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program must be completed within 5 years.