How to Apply

Traditional BSN Application Overview

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

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

Pre-nursing Requirements 

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.

Nursing Scholars

The School of Nursing Scholars Program is for exceptional 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. Admission notifications will be sent by the advising office. Like all pre-nursing students, Nursing Scholars must also meet eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the clinical major.

Admission to the clinical major 

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

Applications for traditional clinical nursing admission will be available online approximately one month prior to the application deadline.

Clinical Application Deadlines

The Student Advising Office will send out information regarding the application deadlines to all pre-nursing students.  Applications are available early fall for the spring clinical and early spring for the fall clinical. Applicants for the clinical major are considered on a competitive and space-available basis for each admission period. 

Clinical major application criteria include:

  • Successful completion of approximately 45 credit hours and in-progress with the remaining 15 hours of general education and pre-nursing coursework. A student must have sucessful grades (C or better) from at least 4 of the 5 sciences with only one in progress during the semester they apply to the clinical major. The five sciences are chemistry, microbiology, physiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology.
  • A student must also have successful grades (C or better) in the above listed science courses and Nursing 2200, HDFS 2400, PSYCH 2410, NEP 2380 to be eligible to apply for the clinical nursing major. It is recommended that students take as many sciences at MU as possible.
  • Students must also meet all MU General Education Requirements https://generaleducation.missouri.edu/requirements
  • Minimum 3.25 both cumulative and MU grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for any student in their final semester of prerequisite coursework.
  • Competitive grade-point average in nursing prerequisite courses
  • Evidence of capacity to uphold the practice standards, functional abilities as listed in the Undergraduate Student Handbook, and ethical codes of the nursing profession.

 The clinical application criteria is subject to change.

International Requirements

If English is your second language, the successfully passing of TOEFL or 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). 

Current Mizzou students applying to the clinical major should:

  • Review the requirements set before them.
  • Fill out the application and submit all application materials before the deadline.
  • Apply for clinical major nursing scholarships AFTER being accepted into clinical coursework. For current clinical students, the deadline to fill out the nursing scholarship form is the first week of March (FAFSA due February 1). For newly admitted clinical students, there will be a separate nursing scholarship application deadline. That date will be provided to newly admitted clinical students via email and/or clinical admission letter.

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 summer 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.

Note: To properly prepare for admission to the clinical major, nursing majors are encouraged to review the admission requirements for the clinical major well in advance. The MU Career Center can assist with resume reviews and mock interviews. Most MU Career Center services are free to MU students.