The application deadline for the Spring 2021 cohort has been extended to August 15.

Application Process:
All applicants for the BSN Pre-Licensure program at Missouri Western who meet the minimum published criteria (see Admission Requirements) are encouraged to apply by the stated deadlines below.

Admission is competitive, therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  General admission to the University does not admit a student to the baccalaureate degree program in nursing.  Admission decisions for the BSN Pre-licensure program are based on cumulative GPA for ALL completed coursework with consideration given to the overall admission packet, including prerequisite coursework, previous degrees, personal essay statement and healthcare experience.  Special consideration is given to prerequisite coursework in General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Math as these courses are highly predictive of success in nursing coursework.  Patterns of repeated coursework and course failures are also considered during the admission process.

Follow the steps below to successfully apply to the BSN Pre-Licensure Program.  Current Missouri Western students will skip step four. Application Instructions Handout

  1. TEAS Exam Score of Proficient (58.7% or above)
    Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills  (ATI TEAS) prior to applying to the nursing program via NursingCAS. TEAS tests taken within the past 3 years from date of application will be valid. Students who have been granted early acceptance (nurse scholars) are not required to take the TEAS. The TEAS is designed to evaluate the academic readiness of candidates prior to admission into the nursing program. The results also provide documentation useful for counseling and advisement. This examination also assesses the candidate’s ability to respond and apply knowledge to new situations and to understand complex technical material and relationships. All students must score at ATI Academic Preparedness Category of Proficient (58.7%) or above in order to be considered for admission. A copy of the TEAS results must be uploaded to NursingCAS as part of the application process. Potential applicants may take the TEAS test a total of 2 times per calendar year (January 1-December 31). The TEAS will be administered on the MWSU campus. Click here to register for a testing session. (You must first create an account with ATI. The institution is listed as MO Western State U BSN.) For more detailed information, visit our Testing Center website. Applicants who take the TEAS elsewhere are eligible for application.  See our TEAS Handout for complete details.
  2. Submit an Application to Missouri Western’s BSN Pre-Licensure Program
    Applications are submitted electronically through NursingCAS.  At the NursingCAS website, applicants will select “Apply Now” to begin.  Note: Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to obtain detailed instructions before beginning the NursingCAS application.  Applications submitted through NursingCAS are valid for one (1) year.  After one year, applications can be resubmitted for consideration, but applicants will be required to pay a new application fee. In your NursingCAS application, complete the following Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials sections. In the Supporting Information section, you will want to include any professional experience (example: healthcare experience, licenses, certifications, etc). In the Program Materials section under “Documents”, you will enter your Personal Essay Statement and upload your TEAS exam results.
  3. Additional Application Information
    • A personal essay statement is required and must be included with your application.  Criteria for the personal essay statement are: “Provide a personal statement that is between 250-300 words.  This statement should provide a rationale as to why you should be accepted to the Missouri Western nursing program.  Also describe how you will make an impact on the profession of nursing.”
    • References are not required for the application to the BSN program.
    • Applications will be accepted until 10:59p.m. on the specified deadline dates (listed below).
  4. Submit a Missouri Western Admissions Application (if not a current Missouri Western student)
    Submit an undergraduate application for admission to the Admissions Office.  For questions regarding undergraduate admissions (including Missouri Western deadlines), please call (816) 271-4266 or check the websiteAdmission to Missouri Western is a requirement for admission to Missouri Western’s BSN Pre-Licensure program.
  5. Submit official transcripts to Admissions
    Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the Missouri Western Admissions Office, 4525 Downs Drive, Eder Hall 101, St. Joseph, MO 64507.  Transcripts will not be considered until they are received, opened, and processed in the system by the Admissions Office. Admissions will decide what course work is transferable to the University.
  6. Submit unofficial transcripts in NursingCAS
    Unofficial transcripts from every college or university that you have attended must be uploaded in NursingCAS.
  7. Complete or plan to complete all general studies and prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the BSN program at Missouri Western
    The Missouri Western School of Nursing can only consider applicants who meet all the minimum criteria, which includes completion of general studies and prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of the term in which you have applied. Please review the Sample Program for the BSN Pre-Licensure program for more information regarding general studies and prerequisite course requirements.

Application Deadlines
The School of Nursing typically accepts 60 students into the BSN Pre-Licensure program twice per year in the fall and spring semesters.  The application deadlines for applications to the BSN Pre-licensure program and for general admission to Missouri Western are listed below:

Term Application Deadlines – BSN Application Deadlines – Missouri Western
Spring 2021 August 15, 2020 Contact MWSU Admissions Office
Fall 2021 January 15, 2021 Contact MWSU Admissions Office
Spring 2022 July, 31, 2021 Contact MWSU Admissions Office

Title IX, 504/ADA
In keeping with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in regard to sex discrimination and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in regard to handicap discrimination as well as other applicable federal and state laws, Missouri Western State University follows a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in regard to all employment practices and to all educational programs and activities including financial aid, recruitment, admission, housing, and placement. Inquiries regarding the application of these laws may be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator, Blum 228, (816) 271-4432 OR the 504/ADA Coordinator, Eder 203, (816) 271-4330.

MWSU nursing students learning CPR
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? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the nursing department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.

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