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UMSL's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program offers registered nurses the opportunity to continue their education through flexible and convenient programs offered online, on campus or at one of our various outreach sites in the St. Louis area. General education requirements are met through a strong liberal arts component including studies beyond the sciences, so students are prepared for advancement in the nursing profession. Nursing studies explore concepts of health assessment, family health, community health, research, leadership, and health promotion with community-based, independent clinical activities.

The RN to BSN curriculum requires 29 credit hours and is designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters:

NURSE 3799 Statistics for Population Health 3
NURSE 3900 Role of the Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurse 3
NURSE 3910 Nursing Theory for Population Health 3
NURSE 3920 Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse 1 3
NURSE 3930 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice for the Professional Nurse 3
NURSE 3940 Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing 3
NURSE 4901 Family And Community Nursing 1 5
NURSE 4911 Community and Population Health Synthesis 1 6
Total Hours 29
1 Includes a laboratory and/or clinical component

Admission is limited to graduates of either an accredited diploma or associate degree program in nursing with evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse in Missouri. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission, and must be earned in all courses used for the BSN. RN to BSN students are required to complete a standardized assessment exam during the final program evaluation.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

There is no application deadline for the RN to BSN Program. Spaces are assigned to qualified applicants on a first-to-enroll basis. However, it is suggested that applicants submit all required materials at least 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the term for which they plan to enroll.


What UMSL Nursing has to offer


Since its founding in 1981, the UMSL College of Nursing has grown exponentially. Why? Because the UMSL College of Nursing has been at the forefront of delivering quality, affordable nursing education to the St. Louis region and beyond. Born out of a desire to meet the ever-growing need for a competently trained, professional nursing workforce, today nearly 1,000 students call the College of Nursing home. Of these, more than 20 percent are minority students and approximately 40 percent are first-generation students.

The college has developed innovative partnerships with local health-care agencies to deliver state-of-the-art clinical experiences to its students and prides itself particularly on its impact on the local region, as nearly 90 percent of its alumni stay and work in St. Louis after graduation. Offering traditional BSN, RN to BSN and doctorate-level degrees in multiple formats – including online, off-campus and accelerated options – the college is a recognized leader in delivering compassionate, innovative, evidence-based care that quite literally results in a healthier St. Louis.

The UMSL College of Nursing is fully accredited/approved by the following bodies: the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Missouri State Board of Nursing (pre-licensure program), and the Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board (PNCB, PNP program).

For more on UMSL Nursing, visit nursing.umsl.edu.