Program Requirements

A non-nursing bachelor’s (at minimum) degree, either completed or in progress to complete before the May start date is required.

A 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater is required to apply. Your GPA will be verified through the MU Admissions Office upon acceptance to the university. Official transcripts must be submitted to the MU Admissions office.

Students who have been successful in this option have demonstrated an ability to handle a fast-paced intense learning environment. They possess organizational and time management skills and are highly motivated individuals.

The Accelerated BSN has a once a year start date beginning in May and concluding in July the following year. This includes a summer, fall, spring and summer session. All regular scheduled MU breaks and holidays are observed.

Financial planning for a second degree is crucial. Investigating your financial/tuition options is highly recommended. Go to MU Student Financial Aid to explore your options. 

International Requirements

If English is your second language, successfully passing TOEFL or the IELTS is required. Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 84 and minimum speaking sub-score of 26 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall score of 6.5, with a minimum speaking band score of 8 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

There are seven prerequisite courses. You must have completed five of the seven prerequisites or have them in progress to complete in the fall semester prior to the start date. (If you have not taken the Pathophysiology prerequisite, it is highly suggested you wait for the spring semester if accepted.)

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Chemistry – 2 credit hours (does not require a lab)
  • Nutrition or Diet Therapy – 3 credit hours
  • Microbiology – 4 to 5 credit hours (lab requirement)
  • Human Anatomy – 4 to 5 credit hours (lab requirement)
  • Physiology – 4 to 5 credit hours (lab requirement)
  • Pathophysiology – 4 to 5 credit hours
  • Statistics – 3 credit hours

Note: Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university (see credit transfer information). Five out of the seven required prerequisite courses must be successfully completed by the December preceding admission. The remaining two prerequisites then need to be completed in the spring before the start date.  Depending on the college or university, certain courses may be required as a prerequisite to these requirements. There is more information regarding prerequisite courses on the application.

Nursing Requirements

Following admission to the program students complete 55 credit hours of nursing courses over 4 semesters.