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. Are textbooks included in the cost for the RN to BSN program?
  4. Is admission to this program competitive like it is for the Pre-Licensure BSN options?
  5. Will the grades that I earned in my associate or diploma nursing courses count into my GPA when considering me for admission?
  6. 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?
  7. Is there a time limit/expiration on any of my general education courses?
  8. How long does it take to complete the RN to BSN program?
  9. During what semesters do you admit students to the RN to BSN program?
  10. What is the cost?
  11. How do I apply?
  12. What is the deadline to apply?
  13. What if I have been awarded my diploma/ADN, but I have not yet taken the NCLEX?
  14. Do I need to provide my own transportation to my clinical experiences?

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 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 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 minimum admission criteria may be found on the RN to BSN Admission Criteria page of our website.

Are textbooks included in the cost for the RN to BSN Program?

If you are taking courses 100% online, the cost of your textbooks for NURSING courses are included.  If you have to take any general education courses or courses that are outside of nursing, those textbooks will not be included. 

Is admission to this program competitive like 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 associate 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 may have been 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 RN to BSN program?

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.

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

The RN to BSN program admits year-round.

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. 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 until passing NCLEX results are obtained.  RN licensure must be obtained prior to taking NURSE 4911 in the last semester of nursing coursework.  

Do I need to provide my own transportation to my clinical experiences?

All undergraduate nursing students must have access to transportation to their clinical practice experiences. Students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical agencies, which may be scheduled throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Jefferson County and Illinois. Students are reminded that if they transport other classmates, they are assuming personal liability in the event of an accident. Students who must use public transportation must inform the Program Director.