How to Apply (Traditional BSN)

The traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing is designed for students coming directly from high school or transferring from another university or college. First-year college students or transfer candidates may apply through the MU Admissions Office to be admitted as a pre-nursing student.

In the final semester of completing pre-nursing requirements, students apply for admission to the clinical major.  Admission to the clinical major is competitive. 

Apply to Mizzou

First-year college students and transfer students who apply to be pre-nursing majors must meet MU admission requirements. Students should select pre-nursing on their University of Missouri application forms. Transfer students are encouraged to start at MU as soon as possible since there are specific courses that must be completed at the University of Missouri.

MU Admission Requirements Apply to Mizzou

Nursing Scholars

The Nursing Scholars Program is for first-year students who have been admitted to the Honors College. Freshmen pre-nursing honors students must apply for nursing scholar admission before the end of their first semester at MU. Like all pre-nursing students, Nursing Scholars must also meet eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the clinical major.

When to Apply to the Clinical Major

Students apply for admission to the clinical major during the last semester of pre-nursing coursework. Typically, students will have about 45 credit hours completed when they apply for clinical admission.

The online application for the traditional clinical nursing program will be available at least one month prior to the application deadline. Application deadlines follow:

To start clinical in the spring: Apply by September 15
To start clinical in the fall: Apply by January 31

Additional Information

  • More details about the admission process are published on our website in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.
  • The clinical application criteria are subject to change.
  • Students must have the capacity to uphold the practice standards, functional abilities as listed in the Undergraduate Student Handbook and ethical codes of the nursing profession.
  • International students/students who speak English as a second language must meet MU requirements. For admission to the clinical major, applicants must also 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), or a Duolingo overall minimum of 105; 105 on production and 90 on other sections.
  • Once a student has been admitted to the clinical major, proof of required immunizations, CPR certification and a negative drug screening must be filed with Student Health before the start of clinicals the first semester. More information on these requirements will be included in the clinical admission letter and/or email sent to all newly admitted clinical nursing students.

Questions? Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the MU School of Nursing student services office at 573-882-0277 or