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Missouri Southern State University
Nursing Brochure
2017 - 2018

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Program Overview

Registered Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees continue to emerge as leaders in our nation’s health care system. Nursing is an honored profession, steeped in historic events, and unique from other health disciplines.

Graduates of Missouri Southern State University Bachelor Degree Nursing Program provide hands-on care to persons of all ages in urban or rural hospitals and communities. They are highly recognized for their positions in administration, education, graduate studies, military service, etc.

The Department of Nursing continues tradition in the nursing program by offering a contemporary curriculum including core and nursing courses that prepares graduates to provide care to people in all settings. The International Mission of the University integrated in the curriculum expands knowledge of health care and nursing practice globally.

 An exciting career in nursing begins at Missouri Southern State University with a low cost and high quality nursing education program. Consider taking the step toward becoming a nursing major and pursuing opportunities for an exciting career.  

High Quality

The Department of Nursing is unique for its affordable and high quality program for numerous reasons:

  • One hundred percent employment rate for all graduates through May 2017
  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Small classes  that offer personal attention
  • Day and online access for core courses in the nursing curriculum
  • Enrollment select online nursing courses
  • International travel possiblr through the Department of Nursing with support from the Institute for International Studies
  • Community based curriculum that offers learning experiences in a variety of health care settings
  • Active Student Nurses Association that offers leadership development through extracurricular activities
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing (Full Approval), PO Box 656, Jefferson City, MO, 573-751-0681
  • Fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Siote 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000, FAX (404) 975-5020


Admission begins with an application to Missouri Southern. Nursing major is declared on application to the University. Application to the Nursing Program is provided through the Department of Nursing with Sophomore rank and Faculty advisement. Admission to the Nursing Program is competitive.

The applicant is responsible for submitting the Department of Nursing Application and Missouri Southern State University transcript with verified transcripted courses from other colleges and/or universities to the Department of Nursing by August 31 or  January 31 for subsequent admission. A non-refundable application fee is required.

Students who meet all admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program at Missouri Southern State University will be given preference on admission.


                  BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 cr
                  BIO 221 Anatomy & Physiology II - (5 cr)
                  BIO 231 General & Medical Microbiology -       (5cr)

BIO 308 Pathophysiology -- (4 cr.) 
CHEM 120 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences - (5 cr.) 
KINE 385 Nutrition for Human Development - (3 cr.)

+Application For Registered Nurse Licensure

According to Section 335.066 Missouri Nursing Practice Act (1-16), granting of the Bachelor Degree Nursing 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: 1) be of good moral character; 2) has completed high school or equivalent; 3) has 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, grounds for civil immunity for providing information. The board may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license stated in subsection 2 of this section. Detailed information may be obtained through the Missouri State Board of Nursing Website – . Completion of the nurse education program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure exam.

^Clinical Practice Requirement

RSMo 660.317.6 prohibits a hospital from knowingly allowing those guilty of Class A and B felonies as defined by state law to give care to clients in their agency. Students entering Missouri Southern State University are assigned to do clinical practice in cooperating hospitals and because they will be in contact with patients, they must meet these requirements. A criminal record check is required for admission to the Nursing Program. Students who have been found guilty of Class A and B felonies will be ineligible to enter the Nursing Program.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of personal characteristics and integrity that indicate high probability of successful degree completion, and must meet application criteria necessary to complete the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)


The Department of Nursing recognizes the educational backgrounds of applicants and their accomplishments. Academic advisement is provided for the freshman student, transfer student, student with an earned AA, graduate with an earned baccalaureate degree in another discipline, licensed practical nurse, and registered nurse.

Freshman Option

Direct Provisional Admission (DPA) Freshman Option

Baccalaureate Degreed Application Option

        BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I - (4 cr.)
        BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology II - (5 cr.)
        BIO 231 General and Medical Microbiology - (5 cr.) 

BIO 308 Pathophysiology - (4 cr.) 
CHEM 120 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences - (5 cr.) 
KINE 385 Nutrition for Human Development - (3 cr.) 

Registered Nurse Applicant Option

         NURS 310 Health Assessment and Technologies - (5 cr.)
         NURS 330 Adult Nursing I - (3 cr.)
         NURS 335 Adult Nursing II - (4 cr.)
         NURS 340 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family - (4 cr.)

 NURS 360 Mental Health Nursing - (4 cr.)
NURS 380 Nursing Care of the Child and Family - (5 cr.)
NURS 400 Complex Nursing - (6 cr.) 

An assessment fee per credit hour will be charged to student account.

Licensed Practical Nurse Applicant Option

Student Transfer From Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Special Fees

Special course fees are assessed for selected Nursing courses in addition to established Missouri Southern State University fees. (course descriptions)

Other costs incurred during the program include, but are not limited to: required nurse bag equipped for courses, uniforms, pins, standardized examination fees, graduation fees, licensing examination fees, hepatitis series, current immunizations, etc.  An estimated cost sheet for nursing students is available in the Department of Nursing.

Distance Learning 

The Department of Nursing participates in distance learning through Missouri Southern’s offering of core curriculum and support courses through televised instruction and the Internet. Students admitted to the Nursing Program in the new millennium have an option to enroll in nursing courses online. Nursing faculty present classes utilizing various teaching and learning strategies through the Blackboard System. Familiarity with computer usage is required for enrollment in distance learning courses. Contact should be made to the Department of Distance Learning or Department of Nursing for more information.

A Tradition of Support

Missouri Southern participates in a variety of financial aid programs. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office at 417-625-9325, via email at, or visit the Financial Aid website. Qualified students also have access to a limited number of scholarship applications through the Department of Nursing. Southern recognizes that not all education takes place in the classroom; therefore, your educational experience is supported by a wide array of student services and activities. The services include Student Services Office, Dean of Students, Residence Life, Student Activities, Billingsly Student Center, Dianne Mayes Student Life Center, International Student Advising, Food Service, and Student Health Services.

Americans 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 Department of Nursing.

For additional information

Missouri Southern State University Department of Nursing
Health Sciences Building, Room 243
3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-625-9322


Missouri Southern State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, handicap or age in its educational programs or activities. Requests for accommodations related to a disability need to be made to the Disabilities Coordinator at (417) 659-3725.

This publication will be made available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact the Department of Nursing at 417-625-9322