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Nursing Application Guidelines

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How to get started

  1. Student in Traiining phto Apply and be accepted to MSSU.
    You can visit our Admission Office in Hearnes Hall (#17 on map) on campus.

  2. Send all transcripts from other colleges and universities you have attended to the Admissions Office. These transcripts will then be reviewed by a MSSU transcript analyst and transcribed to your MSSU transcript.

  3. After the above steps have been completed, schedule an appointment to meet with a MSSU Nursing Advisor to verify if you are eligible to receive a MSSU Nursing Application.

    You may contact the Department of Nursing by:
    calling: 417-625-9322 or

  4. Once eligibility has been verified, you will receive a Nursing Application.
    Applications are distributed between November through January for Fall Admission or June through August for Spring Admission.

    The application deadlines are January 31 or August 31 of each year. 

The current application deadline for Spring 2018 admission has been extended until September 26th, 2017.

Direct Provisional Admission Policy

Students entering as first time freshman will have the opportunity to receive direct provisional admission to the nursing program based upon the following criteria.

Requirements for Direct Provisional Admission in Nursing:

  1. Meet all requirements for regular admission to Missouri Southern State University entering as a first-time freshman with nursing designated as your major.

  2. American College Testing (ACT) composite score of 25 or higher.

  3. 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).

  4. Meet all other requirements for admission to nursing major prior to matriculation.

Student nurse photo Application for registered nurse licensure in Missouri

According to Section 335.066 Missouri Nursing Practice Act (1-16), granting of the Nursing baccalaureate degree does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the licensure examination or guarantee issuance of a license to practice nursing in the state of Missouri. Eligibility requirements to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), as specified in section 335.046-1 of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act, in addition, include that the applicant should: 1) be of good moral character; 2) have completed high school or equivalent; 3) have successfully completed basic professional curriculum in accredited school of nursing. Section 335.066, Missouri Nursing Practice Act (1-2) to (1-16), provides rules for denial, revocation, or suspension of license, and grounds for civil immunity. The Board may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or authority, and permit or license stated in subsection two of this section. Detailed information may be obtained through the Missouri State Board of Nursing Website.


The program is fully accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

American with Disabilities Act Implications

Students are required to have completed a physical examination/health verification as a condition of admission to the nursing program. Students will be required to demonstrate physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of each course in the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain physical tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Core performance standards for admission and progression which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 are available in the office of the Department of Nursing.

The program is fully approved by:

Missouri State Board of Nursing
PO Box 656
Jefferson City MO

And fully accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.,
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326