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.
Admission to MU
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.
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
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.
In providing this inclusive learning environment, several criteria may be considered during the holistic admission process to reflect our professional community. Admission to the nursing program is based on a combination of criteria including: each student’s unique experiences, attributes, and academic metrics.
To achieve this, students will be admitted based upon these criteria using a two-step approach:
- Screening using academic metrics and unique experiences criteria
- Interviews to expand upon the student’s attributes identified as important to the profession of nursing
Step I: Pre-Interview Screening
- Coursework: Applicants must complete, or be in progress, in the sixty credits of pre-nursing curriculum.
- Grade Point Average: Applicants must obtain a minimum 3.25 GPA (without rounding) in the pre-nursing curriculum.
- Unique Experiences: To be considered for admission, each applicant must submit a resume and written responses to short-answer questions on the application which detail the student’s nonacademic attributes, such as personal, professional, work, and volunteer experiences.
In support of a holistic admission process, students who demonstrate excellence in a combination of unique experiences, attributes, and academic metrics will be invited for an interview.
Step II: The Interview
Students who are selected to interview will have the opportunity to expand upon their personal attributes identified as important to the profession of nursing. During interview, the students will be evaluated based on several attributes including: Motivation to be a nurse, compassion, ability to critically think, effective communication, teamwork, resiliency, commitment to lifelong learning, and integrity/ethical decision making.
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).
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.