BSN Four-Year Degree Plan

The following is a sample schedule for this major and is based on a fall start – 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.

Our program gives you the hands-on skills that are difficult to earn in an online environment, such as assessing patient health, inserting an IV, and learning to be professional in the nursing environment. You gain opportunities from collaboration with all local providers and hospitals.

Students complete at least 624 clinical contact hours within acute care and community settings. These hours are spent with a faculty member or a nurse preceptor. A nurse preceptor is a nursing professional who serves as a teacher and mentor in this real-world classroom setting. We build and layer nursing knowledge so you become strong and confident in your understanding.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can be completed in eight regular semesters and one summer clinical consisting of 7 days and 6 nights at Camp Barnabas. This is often faster than a two-year associate degree and BSN completion program. It is a comprehensive degree, which does not require a minor.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 135 College Algebra
or MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
or MTH 181 Trigonometry
or MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
3-5
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
or BIO 121 General Biology I
3-4
BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences 1
General Education - Humanities 3
Total hours14-17

Second semester (spring)

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
General Education - The Arts 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
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

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
General Education - Public Issues 3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

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
General Education - Cultural Competence 3
NUR 472 Writing II: Nursing Research and Scholarly Writing 3
Total hours15-16

Acceptance into the nursing program

Students who are accepted into the nursing program before the start of the fifth 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

Summer Immersion

CoursesHours
NUR 325 The Pediatric Client Clinical Experience 2
Total hours2

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
NUR 312 Nursing: The Adult Client 6
NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family 4
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health 6
Total hours16

Eighth 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
Total hours15

Additional information

This plan assumes the following:

  • No remedial coursework is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change majors.
  • The student must maintain full-time enrollment status.

Also, our four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that a student may bring with him or her upon admission to the university.

Students must enter the BSN program with no general education courses outstanding, with the exception of Writing II which will be incorporated into their BSN course scheduling if accepted into the program.

Until a student is accepted into and begins the program, he or she is considered a pre-nursing major. The grades students receive the first time they take the following courses will be considered during the nursing program admission process: chemistry, anatomy and Math 134 (Algebraic reasoning and Modeling) or higher.

Degree plan last reviewed 06-28-2019.