School of Nursing & Health Professions

Application Process (Diploma/ADN to BSN)

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

Download application button3. 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 counties) 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.