Application and Admission Requirements

Your first steps

Before you can start the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, complete these steps:

  1. Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State as a pre-nursing major.
  2. Complete a pre-nursing program.

Apply to BSN

Then, apply to the BSN program once you're admitted to Missouri State and have completed a pre-nursing program.

Full-time students will apply to the BSN program during their sophomore year.

Apply through NursingCAS

The BSN has competitive admission. Applying does not guarantee your admission.

If you're already a registered nurse, you need the BSN-completion program

When should you apply?

You can start the BSN program in the fall or spring semester. 

Decide the semester you want to start and apply by one of the following dates.

Application deadlines
Starting semester Application opens Deadline to apply
Fall December 1 January 31
Spring June 1 July 31

Application resource

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Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

  1. Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) is competitive and selective, and not all who apply can be accommodated.
    1. Students will be admitted to the nursing program twice a year for full-time study.
    2. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

Application policy

  1. Admission to Missouri State University.
  2. Completion of application to the Pre-licensure BSN program to the School of Nursing, including a current resume.
  3. 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.
  4. Submission of official transcripts of all college course work.
  5. Completion of a minimum of 43 credit hours.
  6. Completion of the General Education Foundations courses.
  7. 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.
  8. Completion of the specific General Education requirements listed in section A. of program requirements with a grade of "C" or higher.
  9. 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.
  10. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all attempted college course work. Complete nursing prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Applicants must demonstrate academic potential to successfully complete the program.
  14. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behavior and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
  15. 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.

Admission policy

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. All students must carry health insurance throughout the entire program.

Additional requirements of the program

Students are:

  1. 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.
  2. Expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.