1. What is the difference between the Pre-Licensure BSN degree program and the RN to BSN degree program?
  2. What are the admission criteria for the RN to BSN program?
  3. Is admission to this program competitive, the way that it is for the Pre-Licensure BSN Options?
  4. Will the grades that I earned in my associates or diploma nursing courses count into my GPA, when considering me for admission?
  5. What are the general education requirements for the RN to BSN program? Do I have to complete all of these courses before I can enroll in the program?
  6. Is there a time limit/expiration on any of my general education courses?
  7. How long does it take to complete the BSN?
  8. What outreach sites do you offer?
  9. During what semesters do you admit students to the RN to BSN program?
  10. May I change sites/options once I begin the program?
  11. What is the cost?
  12. How do I apply?
  13. What is the deadline to apply?
  14. What if I have been awarded my diploma/ADN, but I have not yet taken the NCLEX?

What is the difference between the Pre-Licensure BSN degree program and the RN to BSN degree program?

The Pre-Licensure BSN degree program is for students who do not already have an associate’s degree (ADN) or a diploma in nursing, and do not already have an RN license. The RN to BSN program is for students who do have an associate’s degree (ADN) or a diploma in nursing, already have an RN license, and would like to complete their BSN degree.

What are the admission criteria for the RN to BSN program?

The admission criteria for the RN to BSN program is the same no matter which option you want to pursue (on campus vs. off campus vs. online). The minimum admission criteria may be found on the RN to BSN Admission Criteria page of our website.

Is admission to this program competitive, the way that it is for the Pre-Licensure BSN Options?

Admission to the RN to BSN program is not competitive. As long as you meet our minimum admission criteria, you may enroll in our BSN Completion Program, as long as spaces remain.

Will the grades that I earned in my associates or diploma nursing courses count into my GPA, when considering me for admission?

Your GPA will be calculated on all attempts of all transferable courses. You must have at least 30 transferable credit hours of non-nursing courses, with at least a 2.5 GPA, to meet the minimum admission criteria.

What are the general education requirements for the RN to BSN program? Do I have to complete all of these courses before I can enroll in the program?

The majority of the general education course requirements for our RN to BSN program were probably already completed for your ADN or Diploma in Nursing. Any general education course requirements you are lacking may be taken simultaneously with your BSN coursework (either at UMSL or at another regionally accredited institution); however, they must be completed before you can graduate from UMSL with your BSN. Contact your nursing advisor prior to taking any courses at other colleges or universities.

A list of the general education course requirements for our RN to BSN program can be found here.

Is there a time limit/expiration on any of my general education courses?

As long as your courses transfer to UMSL, and you are currently licensed as an RN, then it does not matter how old your classes are.

How long does it take to complete the BSN?

The nursing courses, as outlined in the sample plan of study, will take five semesters. Students who still have general education course requirements might take longer to complete the program.

What outreach sites do you offer?

In addition to UMSL's campus and our online option, we also offer our RN to BSN program at various outreach sites throughout the St. Louis area. Please view the homepage for the RN to BSN program for the most up-to-date offerings.

During what semesters do you admit students to the RN to BSN program?

We only admit students to certain sites/options during certain semesters. You may view the homepage for the RN to BSN program for the most up-to-date offerings. Please note that locations and start dates are subject to change.

May I change sites/options once I begin the program?

Yes, it is possible for a student to transfer to a different site/option after they have started their course of study, as long as spaces are still available at the desired site. Students should be aware, though, that switching from one site to another may delay their progression in the program (resulting in a longer course of study). It is important to remember that costs for various sites/options also vary.

What is the cost?

The tuition/fees for each option (on campus vs. off campus vs. online) varies; therefore, the total cost for each option is different. You may find an estimation of the various options fees on the RN to BSN page of our website (look under Estimated Cost at the bottom of the page).

How do I apply?

Prospective students should follow the steps to apply listed here.

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline to apply for the RN to BSN program. However, students should be aware that we do have a cap on the number of students we can admit to each option. Spaces are awarded to qualified applicants on a first-to-enroll basis. Therefore, it is recommended that applicants submit all application materials at least 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the term for which they are seeking admission.

What if I have been awarded my diploma/ADN, but I have not yet taken the NCLEX?

You may be accepted into the RN to BSN program on a provisional basis for the first semester until NCLEX results are obtained.