Full-Time Course of Study

Designed for both freshmen and transfer students, the Traditional BSN is a full-time, on-campus program. To be considered for entry into the BSN program, individuals must first be accepted to UMSL as an undergraduate student. Qualified students are placed in Pre-Nursing while completing program specific prerequisites. There is no separate application for the clinical portion of the BSN. The College of Nursing closely monitors student progression and administratively moves students from Pre-Nursing to Nursing upon successful completion of certain prerequisite coursework and student cumulative GPA. Students should work with their College of Nursing Academic Advisor to ensure successful completion of prerequisite courses.

Hernandez"The courteousness of counselors, and the fact that I was able to transfer a lot of prerequisites for the nursing career, is what led me to choose UMSL. I transferred to UMSL from a Junior college."

-Jõse Hernandez, BSN Student


 Upon completion of the BSN program, students will: 

  1. Integrate evidence-based concepts from nursing, the arts, sciences, and humanities to provide comprehensive nursing care in a variety of settings.  
  2. Integrate clinical decision making into professional practice. 
  3. Administer culturally competent, compassionate, holistic care to promote healthy outcomes and health equity for diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations. 
  4. Apply knowledge of health care policies in a regulatory environment and their influence on health care access and quality. 
  5. Utilize communication to enhance relationships with individuals, families, communities, and populations and collaboration among members of the healthcare team. 
  6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for decisions and actions based on professional intrapersonal values, ethical and legal obligations, standards of practice, social justice, and economics. 
  7. Demonstrate motivation and self-direction in activities that contribute to lifelong personal, professional, and intellectual development. 
  8. Integrate principles of quality care, patient safety, health education when organizing, coordinating, and engaging in professional nursing practice across the healthcare continuum. 

We’d love to meet you! Schedule a campus visit, join one of nursing’s academic information sessions, tour our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and meet with a College of Nursing academic advisor. If you have questions about our nursing programs or the admission process, please don’t hesitate to contact nursing@umsl.edu or 314-516-6066.

Advance registration for our Academic Information Sessions is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual information session. We recommend checking your "Junk Mail" folder if the confirmation email does not appear in your “Inbox.” If you have challenges registering or logging in, please contact Kelly Hogenmiller at kelly.hogenmiller@umsl.edu.  

In addition to virtual information sessions and daily campus visits, UMSL and the College of Nursing host an in-person Open House each semester. Prospective and admitted students learn about our nursing programs, tour our state-of-the-art simulation labs, speak with nursing faculty and current students, and meet with academic advisors and student success staff.

For more information, contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.