Why choose Missouri Western to earn your BSN Degree?

  • Coursework: Coursework is a combination of general education, nursing support and nursing courses. The typical size of a nursing lecture class is 60 students. Clinical courses have a ratio of no more than 10 students per 1 clinical instructor.
  • Experienced Faculty: Nursing Faculty have years of experience in both the classroom and practice settings. This experience, along with small class size, allows the faculty to have personal interactions with each student whether in lecture or lab.
  • Nursing Simulation Lab: Nursing skills are practiced on high-tech patient simulators and medical equipment which enhances the learning experience.
  • Quality Clinical Experiences: Clinical experiences are provided in state-of-the-art health care settings in St. Joseph and greater Kansas City regions. The Senior Capstone course provides a reality-based experience that prepares the student for the transition to the RN role.
  • Research: Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. The student’s knowledge of healthcare is expanded through these projects.

Eligibility for Nursing Licensure

Completion of the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination. Completion of the program guarantees eligibility to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). A criminal background check is conducted by the Missouri State Board of Nursing before a decision is made regarding certificate of registration or authority; permit or license pursuant to section 335.011 to 335.066 for any one or any combination of causes stated in 335.066 subsection 2 of the State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act. Specific information may be obtained by contacting the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Program Accreditation & Approval

The Baccalaureate 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 and is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

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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
CHE 101Introductory Chemistry4
or CHE 111 General Chemistry I
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 231 Healthcare Ethics
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University 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. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
Are you ready to declare this major or minor? 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 and monitor it regularly.

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