Help alleviate the nursing shortage.

The presence of well-trained nurses leads to better patient outcomes. An excellent nurse not only provides clinical expertise, but also imparts compassion, comfort and skilled communication. Demand for nurses is growing in long-term care facilities and outpatient care centers. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, so now is the time to take advantage of this growing opportunity!


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Major, BSN


On-Campus, 100% Online

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Bachelor of Science in -


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered in both a traditional full-time path and in an accelerated path. The traditional program requires 120-credit hours, including two years of general education requirements and two years of clinical courses. The accelerated program is designed for qualified individuals who hold earned Bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing fields, or outstanding students who have completed all prescribed general education and science course work, and allows students to complete their courses in just 12 months.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-BSN program is designed for students who already have an RN license and is offered 100% online. Coursework can be completed in five semesters, taking 1-2 courses per semester.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be well-prepared to take the Professional Registered Nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). Nursing courses include theory and clinical experiences. Practice in the nursing arts laboratory, experience in long-term care, rehabilitation, acute care and community nursing prepares students for success in diverse
practice settings.

Employment of Nurses is projected to grow up to 7% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $$77,600, according to wage and employment data from the and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

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


Choose your path

Nursing BSN
Accelerated BSN
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.