Nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, B.S.N.)

The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a baccalaureate degree in Nursing that provides a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination. Upon satisfactory completion of this examination, the candidate is licensed as a registered professional nurse (RN). The program is designed with a strong clinical emphasis, based upon the relationship among the concepts of nursing, person, health-illness, environment, nursing education, nursing research, and ethical concepts applied to nursing. Students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in healthcare agencies to prepare them to respond to the challenge of providing quality nursing care to individuals and groups. Some clinical agencies may require criminal background checks and may refuse to allow a student to gain experience in a clinical agency in accordance with provisions of Missouri State Law. A minimum grade of C in each course in the major is required for progression in and completion of the nursing program. The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen desiring to enter the 4-year BSN program should declare a pre-major in Nursing at the time of enrollment. Application to the School of Nursing and Health Professions should be made one full semester prior to the anticipated beginning of nursing courses. A selection committee reviews all applicants and determines those who will be admitted. General admission to the College does not admit a student to the baccalaureate degree program in nursing. Admission is competitive. Applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The applicant must apply and be admitted to MWSU.
  • The applicant must achieve a composite score of 20 on the American College Test (ACT) (1990 Edition). (If a student has a minimum of 30 college credits and meets other admission criteria, the ACT requirement may be waived.)
  • The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7.
  • The applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in all general studies and nursing support courses (and earn a grade of C or higher in each support class, as well as MAT 110, MAT 112 or MAT 116).
  • High school seniors and MWSU freshman with outstanding academic records should contact the School of Nursing and Health Professions for information about early acceptance in the nursing program.

All required general studies and support courses for the nursing major must be completed prior to beginning nursing courses. Students should work closely with their academic advisors to select appropriate courses. Taking and passing prerequisite courses does not assure acceptance into the BSN program. A completed application and current transcripts must be submitted to the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) by January 15 for a candidate to be considered for admission for fall and by July 31 for consideration for spring. All applicants will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) and must score at the Academic Preparedness Category of “proficient” or 58.7% to be considered for admission. Instructions for the TEAS V test and NursingCAS can be found on School of Nursing and Health Professions webpage.

Progression Requirements

Students admitted to the Nursing Program must achieve a minimum semester GPA of 2.5 in nursing courses. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.5 in any semester in the Nursing Program will be placed on nursing academic probation. Students placed on Nursing Academic Probation will be required to enroll in NUR 300 Strategies for Success in Nursing in order to progress in the nursing curriculum. Specific Nursing progression, probation, and dismissal policies are available in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Eligibility for Nursing Licensure

Completion of the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure examination. Completion of the program guarantees eligibility to apply to the State Board of Nursing to write the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). A criminal background check is conducted by the Missouri State Board of Nursing before a decision is made regarding certificate of registration or authority; permit or license pursuant to section 335.011 to 335.066 for any one or any combination of causes stated in 335.066 subsection 2 of the State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act. Specific information may be obtained by contacting the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

 
General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
NUR 302Introduction to Standards-Based Nursing3
NUR 303Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice3
NUR 306Holistic Assessment3
NUR 308Professional Concepts in Nursing1
NUR 314Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research3
NUR 334Pharmacology I2
NUR 336Pharmacology II2
NUR 363Adult Health I5
NUR 364Adult Health Clinical I4
NUR 395Nursing Research in Practice2
NUR 402Maternal/Newborn Nursing3
NUR 403Pediatric Nursing3
NUR 422Adult Health II4
NUR 423Adult Health Clinical II2
NUR 424Care Coordination Across the Lifespan2
NUR 435Mental Health Nursing3
NUR 453Community and Population Health3
NUR 459Research Application1
NUR 474Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 475Senior Capstone Clinical7
NUR 488Nursing Senior Seminar2
Support Courses
ALH 352Applied Nutrition2
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
BIO 375Pathophysiology4
CHE 104Fundamentals of Chemistry5
PHL 230Ethics3
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3

RN-BSN Students

RN's who graduate from an approved ADN, AAS-Nursing, or diploma program must meet the general admission requirements of MWSU and the admission requirements of the School of Nursing and Health Professions and hold a valid RN license. Specific admission and graduation requirements for RN-BSN students are available in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Admitted students receive thirty credit hours of departmental credit for the following:30
Introduction to Standards-Based Nursing
Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice
Pharmacology I
Pharmacology II
Adult Health I
Adult Health Clinical I
Maternal/Newborn Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Adult Health II
Adult Health Clinical II
Mental Health Nursing
Nursing Senior Seminar
Major Requirements
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
CHE 104Fundamentals of Chemistry5
PHL 230Ethics3
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3
NUR 314Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research3
NUR 384Bridge to Baccalaureate Nursing3
NUR 385Health Promotion and Assessment for the RN-BSN Student3
NUR 395Nursing Research in Practice2
NUR 453Community and Population Health3
NUR 459Research Application1
NUR 474Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 479RN-BSN Capstone Clinical7
Restricted Electives
Select a minimum of six credit hours from the following:6
Applied Nutrition 1
Pathophysiology 1
Health Communication
Health Data Management
Quality Management
1

 In order to meet the standards set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for baccalaureate degree programs, students must earn credit in Applied Nutrition and Pathophysiology.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.