The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum encompasses general, foundational, and professional studies within a liberal arts education. Nursing knowledge is developmental in nature; each course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in previous nursing and non-nursing courses.

The BSN program is offered in three pathways:

  1. Traditional BSN: A traditional four-year degree for freshmen and transfer students
  2. Accelerated BSN: An accelerated program for non-Nursing post-baccalaureate students
  3. RN-BSN: An online program for graduates of Associate Degree in Nursing programs with RN licensure

Traditional BSN


The traditional program accepts new students to the Pre-Nursing program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. As students approach completion of the Pre-Nursing coursework, they must formally apply to the clinical major. Admission is based on a competitive, space-available basis through a systematic and holistic review of each applicant. Admission to the clinical major may occur in the fall or spring. More information about the clinical application process can be found on the School of Nursing website.

Clinical Nursing

Upon admission to the clinical major, students must earn 60 additional credit hours to complete the degree. A semester plan for students beginning in a fall semester is listed below. The curriculum includes instructional learning in the classroom, simulation center, and clinical sites.

Accelerated BSN

Non-Nursing post-baccalaureate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for this fast-paced eighteen-month program. The curriculum includes instructional learning in the classroom, simulation center, and clinical sites. Like the Traditional program, students are admitted on a competitive, space-available basis. The online program application includes the following:

  • To start clinical in the spring: Apply by September 15th 
  • To start clinical in the fall: Apply by January 31st 

More information about the application, prerequisites and curriculum can be found on the School of Nursing website.


This online program admits new students throughout the year to start courses in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Minimum admission requirements include a 2.5 GPA and an unencumbered RN licensure or evidence of eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) during the first semester of enrollment. More information on program prerequisites, semester plans, and how to apply can be found on the School of Nursing website.

Research and Simulation Opportunities

The school offers a diverse range of research projects that provide care to healthy and ill people of all ages. The Simulation Center is where students practice technical skills and learn technical skills in a simulated clinical setting.

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Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major:

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