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The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes that BSN-prepared nurses must have critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, leadership abilities, and clinical experience to make them valuable, sought-after members of the health care team.

The basic baccalaureate nursing degree (BSN) requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and prepares students for the professional nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). General education requirements have a strong liberal arts component, including studies beyond the sciences, to prepare students for advancement in the nursing profession. Nursing courses include theory and clinical experiences. Practice in the nursing arts laboratory and experience in acute care and community nursing prepares students for diverse practice settings.

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the pre-licensure program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MOBON).

Why choose UMSL Nursing?

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree have multiple program options at the College of Nursing.

BSN Program Options

TRADITIONAL BSN The Traditional BSN degree program consists of two years of clinical nursing coursework for full-time students once general education and pre-clinical requirements are complete. The program is designed for both freshmen and transfer students.
ACCELERATED BSN Starting with August 2020 enrollment, the Accelerated BSN degree program consists of 12 months of nursing coursework once all general education coursework is complete. The Accelerated option is for students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing.

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.

Program Notes

Completion of any of the Pre-Licensure BSN options does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Applicants should be aware of the restrictions outlined in the Missouri Nursing Practice Act which governs the practice of professional nurses in Missouri. It is important that students become familiar with the Act; in particular Sections 335.046 and 335.066:

Additionally, applicants must be aware of the Essential Abilities Requirements set forth by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. which include cognitive, sensory, and psychomotor competencies that are necessary to practice nursing. A student must, with or without reasonable accommodation, satisfy these requirements.

Attention Transfer Nursing Students

Students wishing to transfer into the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Nursing (CON) program must apply competitively to start from the beginning of UMSL's program. UMSL CON does not accept nursing specific courses from other institutions (certain general education courses will transfer, but you should speak with an academic advisor in the CON Office of Student Services prior to applying). UMSL does not accept courses from Straighterline. For more information on transferable courses, please visit UMSL Transfer Services.

Students who have previously been enrolled in another BSN program's clinical track must be able to provide a letter of good standing from their previous nursing school (please reach out to an academic advisor in the CON Office of Student Services for additional information). Students who have been dismissed from another nursing school's BSN program, or did not leave in good standing, are ineligible from admission to any of the Pre-Licensure clinical track options offered at UMSL.