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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.

2020 BSN Open House
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM CST
Please join us for our annual BSN Open House at the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis! Prospective and admitted students will have the opportunity to learn about our exciting BSN programs. Participants will get to speak our nursing faculty, advising staff, and current students about College of Nursing admission criteria; and what it means to be an actual nursing student.

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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 2 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.

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, viewable here; 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, which can be found by clicking here.

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).  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.