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Welcome to a Personally Rewarding, High-Demand Field

Now more than ever the professional nurse is recognized for the contributions made around the world as well as local community. As a nurse you play a key role in helping people maintain, enhance, and restore their health. We deliver care with a focus on quality, safety, teamwork, and patient-centeredness. You can become a key player in this rewarding profession and we need your help on the frontlines!

The Baccalaureate prepared nurse:

  • is equipped for employment in any health care setting
  • has endless possibilities for advancing their education
  • may choose from over 100+ specialties and that number is increasing every day!


Dedicated Faculty, Focused on Helping Students

  • Faculty who embrace a learning climate of genuine respect
  • Foster innovation and interprofessional collaboration
  • Create a safe haven where students can grow as individuals and learn


Nursing, BS Degree

Degree Catalog

Solid Metrics

Academic Year 1st Time NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Retention Percentage Employed Full or Part-Time
2023-2024 May 2023 - 100% TBD 100%
2022-2023 87.80% 90.47% 95%
2021-2022 88.33% 80.35% 87%


Nursing, RN to BSN Degree

Degree Catalog

Solid Metrics

Academic Year Retention Employment
2024-2025 TBD TBD
2025-2026 TBD TBD
2026-2027 TBD TBD

The Missouri Southern State Baccalaureate Nursing Program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing with the next site visit planned for 2028. 

Missouri State Board of Nursing P.O. Box 656 Jefferson City, MO Telephone:1-573-751-0681

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Rank #10 BSN Program in the State of Missouri source: 2021 Rankings: The Best Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Missouri |

Sessions are available for pre-nursing students or individuals interested in additional support through advisement and mentoring Please contact the BSN Adviser Heather Winesburg at  or call 417-625-9630.


MSSU Departement of Nursing Statement

The Missouri Southern Nursing Department is pleased to announce that on August 11th, 2023, the Missouri State Board of Nursing voted to move the program from conditional to full approval status of the pre-licensure BSN programs with no recommendations. The next site visit is expected for Spring 2028.

We are grateful for the tremendous support of the university and community as we worked diligently over the past three years to make the program of high quality and a supportive environment for the students. 

Special thanks to all of our faculty, staff, current students, and nursing graduates who have a huge part in this success!

Lions Forward. Lions Together.

Dr. Lisa M Beals, DNP, MSN, RN Nursing Department Chair