Frequently Asked Questions
Courses, Degrees, and Prerequisites:
- How many times a year does MSSU’s nursing program accept applications and what is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted once a year and are due to the MSSU Department of Nursing by January 31 at 5:00 p.m.
- How many students are admitted each year?
- When will I be notified if I have been accepted to MSSU’s nursing program?
Applications are accepted during January of each year and students are notified of their acceptance at the end of March of the same year.
- What is the minimum cumulative GPA required to apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required to receive a MSSU nursing application.
- Does the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee who evaluate the applications consider letters of reference or interviews in the selection process?
No, admission to MSSU’s nursing program is based entirely on cumulative GPA.
- Am I required to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
No certified nursing assistant certification (CNA) is required to apply.
- How many nursing program applications does MSSU receive each year?
Though the number of nursing applications can never be anticipated, MSSU usually receives between 95 – 130 applications each year.
- When do students typically apply to nursing?
Students are eligible to apply to MSSU’s nursing program once prerequisite courses are completed or currently in progress. If prerequisites are currently in progress, students are eligible to apply if they have no more than 10 hours of prerequisites left to complete the summer immediately before starting the nursing program. For most students this will be during their sophomore year.
- Where do students complete their clinical hours while in MSSU’s nursing program?
While in MSSU’s BSN program, students will complete 810 clinical/lab hours in Joplin and surrounding areas. Clinical hours are completed at area hospitals, nursing home facilities, doctor offices, community health facilities, in-patient facilities, MSSU’s Simulation Center, etc.
- Does the nursing department maintain a waiting list?
Yes, there is an alternate list of eligible students for admission kept every year.
- Are there any automatic admission programs for MSSU’s nursing program?
No, but we offer a Direct Provisional Admission (DPA) option to qualified students. To be eligible for the DPA option, students must meet the following criteria:
- Meet all requirements for regular admission to MSSU entering as a first-time freshman with nursing designated as your major.
- American College Testing (ACT) composite score of 25 or higher.
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in required courses each semester with a grade of C or above (Refer to catalog for required courses)
- Meet all other requirements for admission to nursing major prior to matriculation.
- Can I apply to the nursing program at MSSU if I have never taken a course at MSSU?
Yes, MSSU accepts transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities from across the country. You may visit with MSSU’s admission office at 417-625-MSSU (6778) or 866-818-MSSU (6778). You may also visit the transfer articulation agreement website to see if MSSU has a transfer articulation agreement with your college or university.
- What prerequisite courses are required to apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
Please visit the MSSU nursing degree requirements page to view the prerequisite courses.
- If I still have prerequisite courses to complete, am I eligible to apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
Yes, you are eligible to apply if you have no more than 10 hours of prerequisite courses left to complete the summer immediately before starting the nursing program.
- What courses from other colleges and/or universities transfer to MSSU?
You may visit with MSSU’s admission office at 417-625-MSSU (6778) or 866-818-MSSU (6778). You may also visit the transfer articulation agreement website to see if MSSU has a transfer articulation agreement with your college or university.
- How do I apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
Please visit the nursing application guidelines page.
- When are applications to the MSSU nursing program distributed?
The MSSU Department of Nursing begins distributing applications to qualified applicants during November of each year.
- How do I know if I am eligible to apply to the MSSU nursing program?
You are able to meet with a nursing advisor to see if and when you are eligible to apply. To schedule an appointment or talk with a nursing advisor please call 417-625-9322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I schedule an appointment with a MSSU nursing advisor?
To schedule an appointment or talk with a nursing advisor please call 417-625-9322 or email email@example.com.
- If I have a previous degree, am I eligible to apply to MSSU’s nursing program?
Yes, as long as you meet the MSSU nursing program application requirements. You may have some prerequisite courses to complete that you did not complete with your previous degree.