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Take the first step toward your future in nursing. Learn how to apply for your program of choice.

Enrich your career experience and nursing studies with top-notch peers, faculty, facilities, and interdisciplinary projects at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing.

You’ll get an education committed to promoting, maintaining, and improving health and health care delivery in Missouri and worldwide through nursing education.

Expand Your Nursing Experience Online

We’re also a pioneer in online nursing education. For more than two decades, we’ve offered convenient, online programs for distance learners while still providing innovative nursing education from a respected, accredited university.

See all the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing offers in our Columbia, MO classrooms and online. Learn how you can become part of our outstanding tradition of excellence.



Traditional BSN

If you’re a high school student or looking for a four-year degree in nursing, learn about the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) option.

In this program option, freshmen and sophomores are recognized as pre-nursing majors and are admitted to the clinical major in their junior year.

Accelerated BSN

If you hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and you’re interested in pursuing nursing, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option provides the opportunity to complete your nursing degree in 15 months.

RN to BSN Online

If you’ve already completed a two-year degree in nursing and want to advance your career to the next level, our RN to BSN online option provides a flexible path for the working professional.

Available 100 percent online with no on-campus days required, this option lets you set the pace for your completion, finishing your BSN in as few as 26 credits or 14 months.

MS(Nursing) Online

If you’ve completed your BSN and want to continue your nursing career path in advanced roles in nursing leadership or nursing education, our Master of Science in Nursing program is for you.

Whether you’re in Columbia, MO or an out-of-state distance learner, our MS(N) program offers online options to assist in balancing your work-family-professional life.

MS Care Management Online

If you have a nursing or non-nursing health-related bachelor’s degrees and seek a degree to prepare you for an advanced role as a Care Manager or Care Coordinator the new online MS Care Management degree is for you. You’ll learn how to coordinate care for people across their lifespan, from health promotion to chronic disease management, integrating cost-effecting, high-quality care for patients to promote the best health outcomes.

This program is a perfect fit if you have a health-related bachelor’s degree (nursing or non-nursing) and are looking for new opportunities in health care careers.

RN to MS(N) Online

If you’re working as a registered nurse (RN) and want to move directly from your associate’s degree to a master’s degree in nursing education the RN to MS(N) online program is the right choice for you.

The online programming allows you to complete your BSN and move seamlessly into the MS(N) degree program.  Completing both your BSN and MS(N)you’ll enjoy new career opportunities across the nursing spectrum as a Nurse Educator in schools of nursing, hospital agencies, and community settings  

PhD in Nursing

If you want to earn a terminal degree that prepares you for a research career in an ever-changing health care environment our PhD in Nursing program is the right choice. Our PhD program does not require a prior degree in nursing and admits both post-baccalaureate or post-masters students. The PhD in Nursing provides an enriching learning environment, integrating perspectives from across health care disciplines, to provide one of the best educational experiences for our future researchers.  

Both online and international residential options are available for those desiring to be leaders in a variety of academic, industry and health care settings.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master’s degree and want to expand your career opportunities as an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree provides multiple program options. This terminal practice-focused degree will provide you with both the education and practice experience to manage care and lead initiatives to improve health care outcomes.  

This online program provides pathways for those with bachelor’s degree or masters degrees looking to complete their DNP degree.  



Additional Academic Opportunities

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing also offers certificates, global initiatives, and an array of graduate minors and courses for graduate nursing students. Explore our graduate options and global initiatives.