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Nursing Program

94.8% 2014 First-Time Writing NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

  • Excellent Education -  Our pass rate exceeds the national average for BSN programs.

Superior Education, Exceptional Reputation

Missouri Southern State University provides an exceptional nursing program with SUPERIOR EDUCATION.

  • Exceptional Reputation - serving students and the community for more than 45 years.
  • Competitive Admission Process – to apply, applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, a clean criminal record, and no visible tattoos. NO minimum ACT score, NO admission exam, NO reference letters, NO interviews, and NO CNA required to apply!
  • Direct Provisional Admission Available - link to Direct Provisional Admission page
  • Students admitted to program only in the fall of each year.

Welcome to a personally rewarding, high demand field.

Excellent employment opportunities await graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). When you earn a BSN degree, you are:

  • prepared for employment in any health care setting
  • you possess a higher level of education
  • your competencies are in high demand in the community and health care systems.

Only 40 percent of the current registered nurse population hold baccalaureate in nursing or higher degrees.

As of May 2010, the Department of Labor and Statistics cited that sited a 26% employment growth rate until 2020. The median annual wage of registered nurses is $64,690, depending on geographical area and experience. The lowest 10 percent of registered nurses earned less than $44,190 and the top 10 percent earned more than $95,130. A variety of opportunities exist for the nurse with a baccalaureate degree. Some opportunities are:

  • oncology
  • pediatrics
  • neonatology
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • critical care
  • infection control
  • psychiatry
  • women’s health
  • community health
  • neuroscience

The BSN nurse is also prepared for graduate study. The roles open to the graduate prepared nurse include (but are not limited to):

  • nurse practitioner
  • nurse midwife
  • nurse anesthetist
  • clinical specialists
  • nurse administrators
  • nurse educators

The Bachelor of Science degree Nursing Program provides intensive preparation for the first-time entering student, baccalaureate degreed graduate, and licensed practical nurse seeking licensure as a registered nurse and for the registered nurse pursuing baccalaureate education in the nursing discipline.

The program is based on the Betty Neuman Systems Model, emphasizing Person, Health, Environment, and Nursing. Core Curriculum and required support courses augment nursing courses in preparing a professional nurse who is able to function at the client's side in a diverse health-care delivery system. Students working towards their BSN at MSSU make up 6% of all MSSU students. Students attending MSSU nursing program come from across the country and around the world. Previous students have come from:

United States:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois


  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Mexico
  • Philippines

The program is fully approved by:

Missouri State Board of Nursing
PO Box 656
Jefferson City MO
(573) 751-0681 

And fully accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.,
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000