How to Apply

Who Should Apply

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who have graduated, or plan to graduate, with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree before the Accelerated program begins in the summer semester.

The application materials are slightly different for students who have graduated from MU and students who have graduated from another university. Please follow the checklist and application steps that apply to you.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted between June 1 and October 15.

Program Capacity

Admission to the Accelerated BSN is considered competitive due to space availability. We admit up to eighty students to the program each year.

Financing your Program 

Typically, grants are not available since this is a second bachelor’s program. Traditional student loans can be used if a student did not use all of their available loans during their first degree. Students in financial need should also consider utilizing the Nursing Federal Loan program. Please consult with MU Financial Aid to learn more about financing your program. 

Another option to finance your program is the MU Health scholarship. Students can apply for this scholarship during their first summer in the Accelerated program. This option requires the student to work at MU Health for two years after they graduate. MU Health provide $15,000 towards the program and pay back is not required as long as the student works with MU Health for two years following graduation from the Accelerated program. 

Students are also encouraged to seek internal, departmental scholarships. These scholarships may be applied to the fall and spring semesters.  

The School of Nursing also keeps a list of external scholarships. 

MU Applicants

This section is for students with a bachelors from MU.

The following materials should be prepared before beginning the online application process:

  • Personal Statement
  • Professional resume
  • Two professional references

Application Steps for MU Students:

    1. Prepare a double-spaced, two-page personal statement describing your career goals and views of nursing as a profession. You will be asked to upload it.

    2. Submit the online School of Nursing Accelerated BSN application. A link to the application will be provided on this webpage between June 1 and October 15.

    3. The online application will include a link you will share with your two reference sources. Your references will use this link to describe your ability to succeed in a fast-paced academic program and fit the needs of the nursing profession. A professional reference should not include family, friend/classmate, co-worker, minister, coach, or academic advisor. Professional reference sources could include job, volunteer, or internship supervisor, professor or instructor.

    4. We will conduct an initial screening in November.

    5. In late November, qualified candidates will be asked to submit written responses to questions we provide.

    6. Admissions decisions will be sent by email before the spring semester starts; typically, the second week of January. This provides you with enough time to enroll in any remaining prerequisite courses for the spring semester. 

 

Non-MU Applicants

This section is for students with a bachelors from another university; not MU.

The following materials should be prepared before beginning the online application process:

    • Personal Statement
    • Professional resume
    • Official college transcripts for the MU application
    • Either official or unofficial college transcripts for the School of Nursing application
    • Two professional references

Application Steps for Non-MU Students:

    1. Prepare a double-spaced, two-page personal statement describing your career goals and views of nursing as a profession. You will be asked to upload it.

    2. Collect either official or unofficial college transcripts for the School of Nursing application. You will be asked to upload them.

    3. Submit the online School of Nursing Accelerated BSN application. A link to the application will be provided on this webpage between June 1 and October 15.

    4. The online application will include a link you will share with your two reference sources. Your references will use this link to describe your ability to succeed in a fast-paced academic program and fit the needs of the nursing profession. A professional reference should not include family, friend/classmate, co-worker, minister, coach, or academic advisor. Professional reference sources could include job, volunteer, or internship supervisor, professor or instructor.

    5. Complete the University of Missouri application:

    6. Make sure MU Admissions has received each of your official college transcripts.

    7. You will be applying as an undergraduate pre-nursing student

    8. Apply for the first semester you will enroll at MU

 

Contact

If you have questions, please contact the MU School of Nursing Student Services office at 573.882.0277 or nursing@missouri.edu.