Overview of Traditional BSN

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.

Graduation Requirements
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.

Funding Your Education

Estimated cost for the BSN program is $68,000* for the traditional option.

*Program cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your state of residence, transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition from the Cashier’s Office.

The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a number of nursing-specific scholarships for clinical nursing majors and graduate students. In addition, undergraduate research assistantships, University of Missouri scholarships, external scholarships, financial aid and other ways to help fund your education may be available.

Learn More About Funding Your Education

Holistic Admission Process

The Sinclair School of Nursing strives to prepare students to meet the challenges and diverse needs of individuals, communities, and populations in which they will serve. We believe a quality nursing education must provide an inclusive learning environment in which individuals from various backgrounds, experiences and perspectives have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience needed for entry into the profession.

Hear From Our Students

Spring 2022 Traditional BSN Graduate

" I feel well prepared for both the NCLEX and the clinical setting. My clinical experiences were so valuable and I always felt challenged in the best way possible. I learned valuable skills and how to interact with patients effectively. I feel as though I am well prepared as a graduate nurse to enter into the clinical setting".

Questions? Contact Us.

If you have questions, please contact the MU Sinclair School of Nursing student services at 573-882-0277 or nursing@missouri.edu.