School of Nursing & Health Professions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Whether you're a high school student applying to college for the first time, or a current Registered Nurse who wishes to pursue an advanced degree, questions will arise during the admissions process. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, see the FAQs listed by program below. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using the information provided at the bottom of this page.

General Questions

I want to be a Registered Nurse. Should I apply to the Traditional BSN (pre-licensure) Program or Diploma/ADN to BSN Completion Program)?
The Traditional BSN (pre-licensure) program is for students who are not Registered Nurses. The Diploma/ADN to BSN Completion Program is for students who are Registered Nurses and need to complete the BSN.
Why should I choose MWSU Nursing to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)?
MWSU's Nursing programs focus on intensive classroom and clinical experiences for students in a variety of nursing areas such as obstetrics, acute care, long-term care, hospice and community health settings. Graduates are prepared to take the licensure examination to become registered nurses (RN's).
Are the Nursing programs offered at MWSU accredited? Why is this important?
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Missouri Western is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791. The BSN program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. National and state program accreditation is important because it is one way to ensure the program's curriculum and outcomes are meeting professional standards of nursing. The organization providing accreditation ensures the program meets national standards of quality.
As a high school student how should I prepare for a nursing career?
Successful candidates for the nursing program will have a solid background in science and mathematics. Those students in high school should complete the college core and take any advanced level science and mathematics courses available. It is important to plan from the first year of college to take the courses required to be considered for admission to the program. In addition, maintaining the highest GPA possible while completing general courses can increase your chance of admission to this competitive program.

FAQs by Program - Traditional BSN (pre-licensure) Program

What are the admission requirements for the program?
As a top-quality program, applicants often compete for the 50 spaces available in the program each semester. The applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in all general studies and nursing support courses. The applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. The applicant must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) and score 58.7% (ATI Academic Preparedness Category of Proficient) or above. Prospective nursing students should submit a nursing program application online through NursingCAS at by January 15 for Fall admission and by July 31 for Spring admission. Contact the School of Nursing for further information about application submission.
What is the typical class size?
Typical size of lecture classes in the Nursing program is 50 students. Clinical courses have a ratio of no more than 10 students per clinical instructor which allows for individualized attention.

FAQs by Program - Diploma/ADN to BSN Completion Program

FAQs by Program - MSN Program

Do you offer graduate degrees in Nursing?
MWSU Nursing offers two Masters of Nursing (MSN) tracks: Health Care Leadership and Nurse Educator. A Nurse Educator Certificate program is also available.
How can I find out more information regarding the MSN program at MWSU?
For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Brose, MSN Program Coordinator, at, or by phone at (816) 271-5912.