Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides traditional, accelerated, and RN-BSN program options to grow and advance the profession of nursing.

Why is our BSN program a good choice for nurses?

By integrating professional, theoretical and liberal-arts knowledge, the undergraduate program prepares nurses to provide direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Graduates can function as providers, designers, and coordinators of care and as members of the nursing profession. Graduates may also choose to continue their education in advanced practice, educator, leadership, care management and research roles.The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides traditional, accelerated, and RN-BSN program options to grow and advance the profession of nursing.


Program Overview

The traditional BSN option is designed for undergraduate students who plan to complete the degree in four years after graduating high school. As freshmen and sophomores, nursing students are considered pre-nursing. Students typically are admitted to the clinical major during their junior and senior years.

The accelerated BSN option is an intense 15-month, on-campus option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field other than nursing.

We also provide the RN to BSN Online option to registered nurses (RN) with an associate degree in nursing who are looking to take the next step to advance their career with a completely online program.



Students in each option will complete didactic and clinical coursework to meet the defined program outcomes based upon national standards and guidelines including: The Missouri State Board of Nursing’s Minimum Standards for Approved Programs of Professional Nursing (2018), the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008), CCNE Standards for Accreditation (2018), ANA Standards and Scope of Nursing Practice (2015), and the ANA Code of Ethics (2015).

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the learner will:

  • Provide safe, competent care across the life span to diverse patients, families, and communities based on knowledge, professional standards, existing evidence and theoretical frameworks from nursing and related disciplines.
  • Critically evaluate nursing and health-related evidence to provide or delegate safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable care.
  • Formulate well-reasoned clinical judgments based on critical appraisal of the current evidence to guide nursing care across a continuum of health care environments.
  • Integrate technologies of information, health care, and communication to design, coordinate, deliver and evaluate high quality and safe patient-centered care.
  • Provide quality, safe, supportive and cost-effective care that promotes the goal of optimal health status and incorporates health care and regulatory agencies’ policies.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with inter-professional team members, diverse patients, families and communities to prevent disease and injury and promote optimal well-being.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct in nursing practice by incorporating ethical, legal, and practice standards and values in the design, management, coordination and evaluation of professional nursing care.
  • Demonstrate responsibility, advocacy, accountability, caring and respect for self and others when providing patient-centered, socially just, culturally-sensitive care.

  • Articulate the value of responsibility of pursuing practice excellence, life-long learning, and professional involvement.

Approved by the Faculty Assembly, 5/06/02, 5/10/04, 11/09, 4/14. 


BSN Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences are essential for all BSN degree options at MUSSON. Students develop essential skills in clinical practice. Different clinical experiences are offered depending on the BSN degree option.

Traditional and accelerated students have clinical experiences in a variety of acute, subacute, long-term, and community health care settings, as well as the Simulation Center. Clinical experiences can be in groups of students working with a faculty member in a clinical area or may be with an expert clinical nurse preceptor depending on the course.

RN to BSN clinical experiences are required only in the community health course and are completed with expert preceptors near the residence of the student.