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.
Traditional BSN requirements include completing approximately 60 hours (4 semesters) of general education requirements followed by application to the nursing program.
After admission into the clinical major, approximately 60 hours (4 semesters) of nursing courses are required. In these 4 semesters, students progress from basic to more complex content and skills. Students learn nursing-specific knowledge in the classroom.
Students then further develop their nursing knowledge and skills in the Simulation Center and a variety of clinical areas such as pediatrics, obstetrics, critical care, mental health, community health, and medical-surgical areas with over 700 hours of clinical. These experiences provide a strong clinical foundation for entry into professional nursing practice after graduation.
The completion of all requirements for graduation is the responsibility of the student. A BSN is granted to candidates who have:
Completed a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit including the required general education, prerequisite, and nursing clinical major courses; Acquired a minimum MU cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; Completed 30 of their final 36 hours in coursework offered by MU.