Program Requirements

Traditional BSN requirements include completing approximately 60 hours (4 semesters) of general education requirements followed by application to the nursing program. Learn more about specific admission criteria.

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;
  • Earned no more than 30 credit hours through self-paced or extension courses.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the learner will:

  •  Provide safe, competent care across the life span to diverse patients, families, and communities based on knowledge, professional standards, existing evidence and theoretical frameworks from nursing and related disciplines.
  • Critically evaluate nursing and health-related evidence to provide or delegate safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable care.
  • Formulate well-reasoned clinical judgments based on critical appraisal of the current evidence to guide nursing care across a continuum of health care environments.
  • Integrate technologies of information, health care, and communication to design, coordinate, deliver and evaluate high quality and safe patient-centered care.
  • Provide quality, safe, supportive and cost-effective care that promotes the goal of optimal health status and incorporates health care and regulatory agencies’ policies.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with inter-professional team members, diverse patients, families and communities to prevent disease and injury and promote optimal well-being.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct in nursing practice by incorporating ethical, legal, and practice standards and values in the design, management, coordination and evaluation of professional nursing care.
  • Demonstrate responsibility, advocacy, accountability, caring and respect for self and others when providing patient-centered, socially just, culturally-sensitive care.
  • Articulate the value of responsibility of pursuing practice excellence, life-long learning, and professional involvement.

Approved by the Faculty Assembly, 5/06/02, 5/10/04, 11/09, 4/14.

BSN Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences are essential for all BSN degree options at MUSSON. Students develop essential skills in clinical practice. Different clinical experiences are offered depending on the BSN degree option.

Traditional and accelerated students have clinical experiences in a variety of acute, subacute, long-term, and community health care settings, as well as the Simulation Center. Clinical experiences can be in groups of students working with a faculty member in a clinical area or may be with an expert clinical nurse preceptor depending on the course.

RN to BSN clinical experiences are required only in the community health course and are completed with expert preceptors near the residence of the student.