BSN Four-Year Degree Plan

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 two summer semesters. 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.

Sample schedule

The following is a sample degree plan. Students are not required to follow this plan, although all necessary courses must be completed before graduating. Students should find out the course rotation before scheduling classes. 

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 135, 138, 181, 261 or 287 3-5
BMS 110 Intro to Biomedical Sciences (lecture) and 111 (lab) (recommended) OR BIO 121 General Biology I 4
GEC Elective (GEC 111 recommended) 3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CHM 116 or CHM 160. (See CHM 160 note below) 4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
GEC Elective (GEC 113, GEC 114 or SOC 150 recommended) 6-9
Total hours13-16

Third semester (fall)

BMS 307 Human Anatomy (preferred) OR KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy 3-4
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
GEC Elective (GEC 112, 116, or PSY 121 recommended) 6-9
Total hours12-16

Fourth semester (spring)

BMS 308 Human Physiology (preferred) OR KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology 3-4
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
GEC Elective (GEC 115: SWK 219 recommended) 3
**NUR 472 Writing II Research Methods and Technologies (see advisor for recommendations on this course)** 3
Total hours12-16

Acceptance into the nursing program

Students must be accepted into the nursing program before the start of the fifth semester. 

Fifth semester (summer)

NUR 302 Concepts in Nursing 4
NUR 303 Art and Science of Nursing I 3
Total hours7

Sixth semester (fall)

NUR 304 Art and Science of Nursing II 5
NUR 342 Nursing: Health Assessment 4
NUR 360 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
NUR 565 Advanced Human Pathophysiology 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (spring)

NUR 323 Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family 5
NUR 312 Nursing: The Adult Client 6
NUR 331 Nursing: The Mental Health Client 3
NUR 311 Introduction to Family Health Nursing 2
NUR 472 Writing II: Nursing Research and Scholarly Writing 3
Total hours14-17

Eighth semester (summer)

NUR 323- Nursing: The Pediatric Client and Family Clinical 2 (clinical)
NUR 475 Nursing Internship (Optional) 3
Total hours2-5

Ninth semester (fall)

NUR 322 Nursing: The Childbearing Family 4
NUR 416 Nursing: The Older Adult Client 2
NUR 442 Nursing: Community Health 6
Elective or HUM or NUR 472 3
Total hours15

Tenth semester (spring)

NUR 482 Nursing: Leadership and Management 6
NUR 478 Nursing: Senior Seminar 2
Nursing OR Health Care Management Elective 3
Undergraduate elective OR requirement 3
Total hours14
Degree plan last reviewed 09-11-2018.

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 may enter the BSN program with no more than 3 (three) credits of general education courses outstanding. NUR 472 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 135 (college algebra) or higher.