Nursing (completion program for registered nurses)

Major(s)

Nursing (completion program for registered nurses)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a junior-senior level nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) for registered nurses. Degree candidates must be licensed registered nurse graduates of associate degree or diploma nursing programs. Admission to the program is by application and selection as stated in the admission policies. Students should refer to the BSN-C Student Handbook for additional information on the policies and procedures in the School of Nursing.

Admission policies

  1. Acceptance of application to the University by the Office of Admissions. (Note: Admission to the University does NOT automatically constitute acceptance for the professional program in nursing.)
  2. Current licensure in good standing as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri or in the state where they practice.
  3. Students preparing to graduate from an RN program may apply and be provisionally accepted to the BSN-C program, but will be unable to take NRS courses until the RN license has been attained.
  4. GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale, based on at least 30 hours of college work. GPAs below 2.50 will be considered on an individual basis.
  5. An admission conference with a member of the School of Nursing faculty or advisor is recommended for direction in sequencing courses.
  6. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity, and behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses.
  7. Applicants must demonstrate acceptable academic potential to successfully complete the program.
  8. Application deadlines for admission are August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester

Application process

The application process for the BSN-C program is now completed through the Nursing CAS. The following items are required to complete the CAS application.

  1. Acceptance of application to the University by the Office of Admissions. (Note: Admission to the University does NOT automatically constitute acceptance for the professional program in nursing)
  2. Missouri State University Bearpass/M number and email address
  3. Application Fee to the School of Nursing of $50.00 (pay online thru Cashnet
  4. Proof of RN license without disqualification in state of practice or expected date of graduation from RN program. Students preparing to graduate from an RN program may apply and be provisionally accepted to the BSN-C program, but will be unable to take NRS courses until the RN license has been attained.

Provisional admission requirements

Once the application has been accepted by the School of Nursing, the student will be granted provisional acceptance until the following requirements are completed and/or documentation is submitted to and accepted by the School of Nursing. Students will not be allowed to register for NRS courses until complete acceptance has been granted.

  1. Criminal background check
    1. The School of Nursing will email the student information regarding completion of a criminal background check.
    2. The applicant must receive a clear background check without convictions of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMo or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.
  2. Urine drug screen
    1. The School of Nursing will email information regarding the required urine drug screen.  The information will be time sensitive, and it will be the responsibility of the student to complete the testing before the time elapses.
    2. The applicant must receive a clear drug screen that would not hinder the professional actions of a registered nurse or prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Proof of registration with the Family Care Safety Registry

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.

Major requirements (42 hours):

  1. Specific General Education requirements: SOC 150(3) and PSY 121(3).
  2. 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).
  3. One course in statistics from: SOC 302(3), AGR 330(3), MTH 340(3), IPE 381(3), PSY 527(3), or others by permission.
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of NRS 443(3).
  5. A maximum of six hours in NUR 499 may be counted toward the degree.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Technical requirements

The Missouri State University BSN-C is an online program. Didactic online content is delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the BSN-C program must be computer literate and be comfortable using word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to manage files, navigate the Internet and access resources, and use a computer, camera, video, scanner, and email. Students who have deficiencies in these areas are encouraged to seek training before the start of the program.

The School of Nursing uses the Blackboard course management system for all courses. Students will be required to upload documents and download files. Additionally Adobe Macromedia software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Video conferencing software may be used. Requirements of the program include access to broadband (cable or DSL) connections, a web camera and microphone, and a computer with wireless capabilities to meet the minimal hardware requirements. MSU multimedia content is optimized for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Readmission policy

Continuing enrollment in Missouri State University must be maintained to be considered a student in the BSN-C program. Students who interrupt their education for a year or more must follow University readmission policies and petition the School of Nursing to be reinstated in the BSN-C program at which time the previous course work will be reevaluated.

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.