Improve patient outcomes with UMSL’s traditional BSN degree

Make a difference at the forefront of patient care with the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Our comprehensive, hands-on nursing degree equips you with sought-after skills and experience to forge a successful and impactful career.

UMSL’s traditional BSN is a full-time, on-campus program designed for first-time and transfer college students. With this patient-focused nursing degree, you’ll learn how to provide culturally competent, compassionate and holistic care in a variety of settings.

Our fully accredited BSN program also provides a robust foundation for your nursing journey, preparing you to excel in the National Council Licensure Examination and launch a purposeful nursing profession.

Your gateway to exceptional clinical experiences

Thanks to our more than 100 partnerships with leading regional providers in acute, primary and community care, you’ll have access to a multitude of opportunities for clinical experiences. Acquire essential experience working alongside leading specialists, utilizing cutting-edge technology, and engaging with emerging best practices in a diverse range of health care settings.

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Why earn your nursing degree at UMSL?

As an UMSL Bachelor of Science in Nursing major, you’ll join an empowering, inclusive community of dedicated nurse practitioners with access to a network of leading health care providers.

  • Learn from award-winning faculty. Our BSN program is led by experts in optimizing health outcomes, mental and behavioral health, AI and more to enhance your skills in the nursing field.
  • Experience state-of-the-art facilities. Our new Nursing Learning Resource and Simulation Center is equipped with advanced technology that replicates health care settings with computerized human models, ventilators, a baby warmer and much more.
  • Enjoy robust clinical experiences. Gain rich clinical experiences via partnerships with 100+ health care providers, including Mercy Hospital St. Louis, St. Luke’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital for Children. We also offer a 10-week Nurse Externship Program with BJC Healthcare System for senior-level students.

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree?

Nurses with BSN degrees are in high demand, earn competitive salaries and enjoy flexible work schedules in a wide range of settings.

With our Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll take courses that include theory and clinical experiences that will prepare you for work that serves a variety of health-care needs, from long-term care and rehabilitation to acute care and community nursing.

Upon earning their BSN, about half of our graduates indicate that they plan to return to UMSL to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice or PhD in Nursing. To support our students’ aspirations, we offer both BSN to DNP and BSN to PhD pathways.

The other half of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates build or advance their careers in nursing — the employment of which is projected to grow by 6 percent through 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Insurance Company Nurse
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Physician’s Office Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Research Nurse
  • School Nurse


Plan of Study

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a nursing major:

  • Minority Student Nurses Association
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Triton Health Educators
  • Student Government Association
  • Students of the University of Missouri

Clinical experience

The College of Nursing is proud to prepare nurses as clinicians, scientists and educators and facilitate professional advancement through our innovative programs. Students gain hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout the region, including BJC, Mercy, SSM and St. Luke’s, as well as Delmar Gardens and Shriner’s Hospital for Children, giving students access to leading specialists, cutting-edge technology, and best-practices in acute care, primary care and community care.

Prior to these clinical experiences, students train at UMSL's Nursing Learning Resource and Simulation Center, which replicates actual healthcare settings and includes computerized-human models, fully operational hospital beds, suction, oxygen, ventilators, a baby warmer and more.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.