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The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes that BSN-prepared nurses must have the critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, and clinical experience to make them valuable, sought-after members of the health care team.
The basic baccalaureate nursing degree (BSN) requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and prepares students for the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). General education requirements have a strong liberal arts component including studies beyond the sciences, to prepare students for advancement in the nursing profession. Nursing courses include theory and clinical experiences. Practice in the nursing arts laboratory and experience in acute care and community nursing prepares students for diverse practice settings.
The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the pre-licensure program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MOBON).
Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree have multiple program options at the College of Nursing:
Bachelor's Program Options
A Traditional BSN degree program consisting of 2.5 years of nursing coursework for full-time students and 3.5 years for part-time students, once general education requirements are complete. The program is designed for both freshmen and transfer students.
An Accelerated BSN degree program consisting of 15 months of nursing coursework, once all general education coursework is complete. The Accelerated Option is ideal for students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing, and for outstanding transfer students.
Completion of any of the Pre-Licensure BSN Options does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Applicants should be aware of the restrictions outlined in the Missouri Nursing Practice Act, which governs the practice of professional nurses in Missouri. It is important that students become familiar with the Act, viewable here; in particular sections 335.046 and 335.066:
- section 335.046 pertains to licensing, including application for a license, license fee, and hearing upon on denial of license.
- section 335.066 pertains to the denial, revocation, or suspension of license, grounds for actions, civil immunity for providing information and complaint procedures.
Additionally, applicants must be aware of the Essential Abilities Requirements set forth by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., which include cognitive, sensory, and psychomotor competencies that are necessary to practice nursing. A student must, with or without reasonable accommodation, satisfy these requirements, which can be found by clicking here.
Attention Transfer Nursing Students:
Students who have previously been enrolled in the clinical track of another nursing school's RN program must be able to provide a letter of good standing from their previous nursing school. Students who have been dismissed from another nursing school's RN program, or did not leave in good standing, are ineligible for admission to the clinical track of UMSL's Pre-Licensure BSN Options.
Effective Fall 2015, we do not accept transfer Nursing courses from other institutions. Students who have previously been enrolled in the clinical track of another nursing school must apply competitively to start from the beginning of UMSL's program (after providing a letter of good standing).