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Highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing is committed to promoting, maintaining, and improving health and health care delivery in Missouri and worldwide through nursing education.

The School is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which means degrees earned here are respected nationwide.

Students are enriched by top-notch peers, faculty, facilities and interdisciplinary projects available only at a major research university.

Degree options 

Undergraduate degree options

For nursing undergraduates, the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is the traditional four-year degree option. As freshman and sophomores, nursing students are considered nursing majors. Students typically are admitted to the clinical major for their junior and senior years.

The School of Nursing also offers an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing (accelerated BSN) program, which gives students who hold non-nursing degrees, at a bachelor’s level or higher, the opportunity to earn nursing degrees in 15 months.

Similarly, the RN-to-BSN online option is for registered nurses who want to earn bachelor’s degrees in nursing but cannot attend traditional classes on a regular basis.

For more information on undergraduate nursing degree options, contact an academic advisor in the Student Affairs office.

Graduate degree options

For graduates, the distance mediated master's of science degree in nursing (MS(N)) program prepares graduates to fulfill and excel in advanced nursing practice roles requiring advanced skills in clinical practice, nursing education, public health, and/or leadership in delivery of health care to individuals, communities and populations.

The online doctor of nursing practice program (DNP) at the Sinclair School of Nursing prepares graduates to be advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with the knowledge and leadership skills to improve quality of health outcomes for individuals, populations and systems. A comparison of the DNP versus PhD is outlined in the attached document.

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) program offers students a friendly and supportive environment that enables them to further their research careers and pursue their interests at Missouri’s premier school of nursing.