Application Deadlines for Priority Registration:
Fall: July 1 – Spring: November 1

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate of Associate Degree Nursing Program* or Diploma Nursing School with a minimum overall GPA of 2.7.
  • Current, unencumbered RN licensure in the U.S. (Note: Recent graduates will be placed on probationary status pending obtainment of RN license.)
  • Completion of the following MWSU Nursing prerequisite courses (or equivalent courses) with grade of “C” or higher:
    • Math requirement-3 credits (MAT 110-Contemporary Problem Solving or MAT 112-Finite Math or MAT 116-College Algebra)
    • Anatomy & Physiology – 5 credits (BIO 250)
    • Microbiology – 4 credits (BIO 251)

(*Graduates of ADN Program from a higher education institution with regional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Graduates of non-accredited A.D.N. programs should contact the Department of Nursing for additional admission requirements.)

Application Instructions:
1. Apply for general admission to MWSU:  Submit a degree-seeking application to MWSU Admissions Office.  Apply at:  Students must first apply and meet the general admission requirements to Missouri Western State University (please refer to the current University Undergraduate Catalog).  Application instructions for general admission for transfer students can be found at:

2.  Submit required documentation:  Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended directly to:

Missouri Western State University
Western Institute, Spratt 105
Attn: Stacy Turner
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Official transcripts may also be sent electronically to Stacy Turner at

3. Apply for admission to Diploma/ADN to BSN Program:  Complete the supplemental application for MWSU’s Diploma/ADN to BSN program and submit all required application materials, including a $30 non-refundable application fee.

In order to have a complete application packet and be considered for admission to the Department of Nursing, your application must contain:

  • Completed Diploma/ADN to BSN supplemental application form (link to form above)
  • Unofficial college transcript showing completion of Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a nationally accredited program (CCNE, NLNAC).
  • $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Copy of RN license
  • Supporting statement as to why you wish to pursue a BSN

Return the completed Nursing application packet to:

Missouri Western State University
Department of Nursing, Murphy 309
Attn: Crystal Harris
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

4.  Schedule an Advisement Meeting:  Schedule a meeting with an MWSU Nursing academic advisor to review your transcripts and assist you in developing a study plan to complete all course requirements (including general studies and pre-requisite coursework).  Contact Dr. Crystal Harris, Program Coordinator, by e-mail at to schedule a date & time to meet.

Tuition and Fees:
Information regarding current tuition and fees can be found at:

Griffon Rate tuition information (for out-of-state students who live in bordering states) can be found at:

Additional Information:

  • You must be eligible to lawfully gain employment in the U.S.A.
  • Completion of MWSU”s General Studies course requirements (or equivalents), Nursing pre-requisite courses (or equivalents), and BSN coursework is required prior to graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Missouri Western State University.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 124 credit hours (100 level and above) for degree completion.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division coursework.
  • Students must earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU.
  • Criminal background checks are required prior to beginning the Senior Capstone Clinical portion of the program in order to meet contractual obligations with clinical agencies (pursuant to Missouri Revised Statues Chapter 660.317.) An applicant who has been found guilty of a Class A or B Felony would not be allowed to participate in clinical nursing courses; therefore would not be able to complete nursing degree requirements. Some clinical agencies have more stringent requirements.
MWSU nursing students learning new skills
General Studies
Major Requirements
NUR 302Introduction to Standards-Based Nursing3
NUR 303Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice3
NUR 306Holistic Assessment3
NUR 308Professional Concepts in Nursing1
NUR 314Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research3
NUR 334Pharmacology I2
NUR 336Pharmacology II2
NUR 363Adult Health I5
NUR 364Adult Health Clinical I4
NUR 395Nursing Research in Practice2
NUR 402Maternal/Newborn Nursing3
NUR 403Pediatric Nursing3
NUR 422Adult Health II4
NUR 423Adult Health Clinical II2
NUR 424Care Coordination Across the Lifespan2
NUR 435Mental Health Nursing3
NUR 453Community and Population Health3
NUR 459Research Application1
NUR 474Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 475Senior Capstone Clinical7
NUR 488Nursing Senior Seminar2
Support Courses
ALH 352Applied Nutrition2
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
BIO 375Pathophysiology4
PHL 230Ethics3
CHE 101Introductory Chemistry4-5
or CHE 111 General Chemistry I
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3

RN-BSN Students

RN's who graduate from an approved ADN, AAS-Nursing, or diploma program must meet the general admission requirements of MWSU and the admission requirements of the School of Nursing and Health Professions and hold a valid RN license. Specific admission and graduation requirements for RN-BSN students are available in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

General Studies
A minimum of 30 credit hours will be used to meet the following course requirements:30
Introduction to Standards-Based Nursing
Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice
Pharmacology I
Pharmacology II
Adult Health I
Adult Health Clinical I
Maternal/Newborn Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Adult Health II
Adult Health Clinical II
Mental Health Nursing
Nursing Senior Seminar
Major Requirements
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
PHL 230Ethics3
PSY 101General Psychology3
CHE 101Introductory Chemistry4-5
or CHE 111 General Chemistry I
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3
NUR 314Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research3
NUR 384Bridge to Baccalaureate Nursing3
NUR 385Health Promotion and Assessment for the RN-BSN Student3
NUR 395Nursing Research in Practice2
NUR 453Community and Population Health3
NUR 459Research Application1
NUR 474Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 479RN-BSN Capstone Clinical7
Restricted Electives
Select a minimum of six credit hours from the following:6
Applied Nutrition 1
Pathophysiology 1
Health Communication
Health Data Management
Quality Management

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the nursing department.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and to monitor it regularly.

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