School of Nursing & Health Professions

Application Process and Deadlines (BSN Pre-Licensure Program)

Application Process:

All applicants for the BSN Pre-Licensure program at MWSU 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 at MWSU.  Current MWSU 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 MWSU’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 sections:

        • Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. 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 MWSU nursing program.  Also describe how you will make an impact on the profession of nursing.”
    • References are not required for the application to MWSU’s BSN program.  Applicants do not need to complete this section.
    • Applications will be accepted until 9:59 pm on the specified deadline dates (listed below).
  4. Submit a MWSU Admissions Application.

    Submit an undergraduate application for admission to the MWSU Admissions Office.  For questions regarding undergraduate admissions (including MWSU deadlines), please call (816) 271-4266 or check the websiteAdmission to MWSU is a requirement for admission to MWSU’s BSN Pre-Licensure program.

  5. Submit official transcripts to MWSU Admissions.

    Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the MWSU 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. The MWSU 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 MWSU.

    The MWSU 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:

MWSU’s School of Nursing typically accepts 50 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 MWSU are listed below:

Term Application Deadlines – BSN Application Deadlines – MWSU
Spring 2018 July 31, 2017 Contact MWSU Admissions Office
Fall 2018 January 15, 2018 Contact MWSU Admissions Office
Spring 2019 July 31, 2018 Contact MWSU Admissions Office



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