Department of Nursing & Allied Health

Admission Requirements (Pre-Licensure BSN)


Students entering Missouri Western State University as freshmen or by transfer should indicate a pre-nursing major.  Admission to the nursing program is competitive and requires completion of MWSU’s General Studies course requirements, completion of all Nursing prerequisites (with a grade of “C” or better) and the requirements for admission listed below.  Each candidate is evaluated by a process established in accordance with guidelines of the Department of Nursing’s APG Committee. The Department of Nursing reserves the right to select among all qualified candidates. Students are admitted in March for fall semester nursing classes and in October for spring semester nursing classes.

Application Deadlines: January 15th for fall semester; July 31st for spring semester.  Applications will be accepted until 9:59 pm on the specified deadline dates.

Admission Policy

  1. A minimum of a 2.7 cumulative grade-point average in all college coursework is required at the time of application.
  2. All nursing prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  If not completed, courses must be planned for the upcoming semester to be eligible for consideration.  All coursework (General Studies & Nursing prerequisites) must be completed prior to the beginning of the first semester of the nursing program.
  3. All official college transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS and to MWSU Admissions.  It is the student’s responsibility to request ALL official transcripts from other universities and colleges and to ensure that all official transcripts are received in order to be fully considered for admission to the nursing program.
  4. A personal essay is required and must be uploaded to NursingCAS.  Criteria for the personal essay statement are:   “Provide a personal statement that is between 200-250 words.  This statement should provide a rationale as to why you should be accepted to the MWSU nursing program.  Also describe how you will make an impact on the profession of nursing.”
  5. A current resume is required and must be uploaded to NursingCAS.
  6. References are not required.
  7. Links to the NursingCAS application system and to MWSU Admissions, along with further instructions are online at  A $45 application fee is required to apply to NursingCAS.  Your application must be complete and verified by NursingCAS to be fully considered for admission to MWSU’s Nursing program.

Tuition and Fees:

Information regarding current tuition and fees can be found at:  Additional fees for Nursing (NUR) courses do apply.

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

Additional Information:

  • 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.
  • Eligibility for licensure. Completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the RN licensure examination (NCLEX).  Refer to the Nurse Practice Act in the state in which you anticipate licensure. In Missouri, refer to Sections 335.046 and 335.066 (