Admission Criteria for the RN to BSN Program
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Admission Criteria for the RN to BSN Program

The UMSL College of Nursing is committed to admitting a diverse group of students who will become nurse leaders responsive to the specific needs of the communities and populations we serve.  We value diversity, intellectual discourse and rigor, caring professionalism, mutual respect and support, innovation, collaboration, and transparency.  Applicants will be selected using inclusive and balanced admission criteria that demonstrate their potential in nursing practice, education, research, and scholarship.  We measure our success by graduates who become lifelong learners and leaders in their communities and in the profession of nursing.  

Applicants to the RN to BSN program will be holistically reviewed using criteria such as GPA, a personal statement, an essay, work/volunteer experiences, professional activities, leadership roles, honors, award recognitions, etc.  

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri- St. Louis cannot admit students from all states for online programs. Please see the Center for Teaching and Learning for additional information: http://www.umsl.edu/services/ctl/onlinelearning/state_authorization.html

Admission Criteria:

  • Admission to the University by completing the UMSL Undergraduate Application (the university's admission criteria for transfer students can be found by clicking here)
  • Graduate of either an accredited diploma or associate degree program in nursing
  • Evidence of current licensure with eligibility for licensure in Missouri or eligibility for RN licensure if in the final year of an associate degree program for dual admission applicants
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on minimum of 30 transferable credit hours (excluding nursing course work)
  • Complete the College of Nursing RN to BSN Program Supplemental Application 

*Students may be provisionally admitted to the first term of the program, pending passing NCLEX results. Students must pass the NCLEX before progressing into the second term.

Spaces in the RN to BSN Program are awarded to qualified applicants on a first-to-enroll basis. There is no application deadline; however, spaces are limited for each admit term.