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Admission Criteria for the BSN: Traditional Option

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 measure 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 Traditional BSN nursing clinical program will be holistically reviewed using criteria such as GPA, academic performance in required pre-nursing courses, a personal statement, an essay, extra-curricular activities, honors, award recognitions, leadership roles, work/volunteer experiences.

Preclinical Track Admission Criteria

The first step in the admission process for all nursing students is to be admitted to the preclinical track. Such admission does not guarantee enrollment in the clinical track of any BSN Option, unless a student qualifies for guaranteed clinical admission. To be considered for the nursing major, students must meet the following admission criteria:

First-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours:

  • Admission to the university by completing the UMSL undergraduate application (the university's admission criteria for freshmen can be found on the Office of Admissions site).

Note: Some first-time freshmen may qualify for a guaranteed clinical space in the Traditional Full-Time Option. Please click here for more information.

Transfer students with 24 or more transferable college credit hours:

  • Admission to the university by completing the UMSL undergraduate application (the university's admission criteria for transfer students can be found on the Office of Admissions site.)
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (calculated on all transferable undergraduate courses)

Clinical Track Admission Criteria

Clinical track spaces are limited, and are awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis. Only students who submit the required clinical application by the appropriate deadline will be considered. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered for clinical admission. Please note that meeting the following minimum criteria does not guarantee that a student will earn a clinical space.

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (calculated on all transferable undergraduate courses combined with all UMSL courses)
  • Satisfactory completion of all general education course requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses:  Cultural Diversity in Healthcare, Communication for the Healthcare Professional, Nutrition and Health, and Pathophysiology
  • Grade of B- or higher within five years of enrollment in the clinical major for the following courses: Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Microbiology
  • Grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses except in the case of the above listed science courses
  • Cannot have more than one repeat (two graded attempts) per required science course and no more than three total repeats of the above listed courses
  • Completion of the Traditional BSN Nursing Supplemental Application, which will require:
    • Personal statement indicating reasons for pursuing a nursing degree (no more than 2 pages)
    • Required essay (directions found in the supplemental application)
    • Resume outlining previous education, work/volunteer experience, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, honors and awards
    • Two Recommendation Forms (form found in the supplemental application)

Note: Admission criteria are subject to change.