School of Nursing


Roxanne McDaniel, Interim Dean
Robin Harris, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Vicki Conn, Associate Dean for Research

Student Advising Office
S235 Nursing School Bldg.
(573) 882-0277

The nursing program at MU began in 1901 with the establishment of Parker Memorial Hospital Training School. Today, the Sinclair School of Nursing is committed to promoting, maintaining and improving health and health-care delivery in Missouri and worldwide through nursing education, research and service. Nursing faculty combine research and education to offer students hands-on experience in the art and science of nursing.

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing's BSN programs have the full approval of the Missouri State Board of NursingThe Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctor of Nursing Programs at the University of Missouri is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


Traditional BSN Option

The freshman and sophomore years are designated as the “pre-nursing” years. The junior and senior years are designated as the “clinical nursing major” years. Pre-nursing students apply for admission to the clinical major during the last semester of general education and prerequisite coursework. Students are admitted to the clinical nursing major on a competitive and space-available basis when prerequisite courses have been completed. Any student who is a Nursing Scholar is guaranteed admission into the clinical nursing major. Please see the Nursing and/or Honor’s College websites for eligibility information and application details.

Each student’s application is reviewed systematically and considered holistically for each admission period. The School values MU’s Commitment to Diversity and the call of the American Nurses Association that the nursing workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. The School is also committed to rural health care and to educating nurses for practice in rural Missouri. 

Clinical application and admission criteria include:

  • Successful completion of all general education and prerequisite coursework prior to beginning clinical coursework;
  • Satisfactory grades from biology, chemistry, and two of the three advanced lab sciences (microbiology, anatomy, physiology) to be eligible to apply for the clinical nursing major;
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) for all college/university courses;
  • Competitive grade-point average in nursing prerequisite courses;
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for any nursing prerequisite courses;
  • Evidence of capacity to uphold the practice standards and ethical codes of the nursing profession; and
  • Evidence of motivation toward a nursing career

RN to BSN Option

The RN to BSN online option is for registered nurses who have earned a diploma or associate degree in nursing with a cumulative GPA of a 2.8 of higher and seek a bachelor’s degree in nursing. RN to BSN courses are offered online.

RN to BSN registered nurse applicants must meet the same admission standards described above for the Traditional BSN Option. They must be currently licensed to practice nursing (or eligible for licensure) in Missouri or another state. Completion of the program includes 120 credit hours. The length of the program varies, depending on equivalent prerequisite courses completed and choice of part-time or full-time enrollment.

RN-MS(N) Nurse Educator Option

The RN to MS(N) Nurse Educator Option allows Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma graduates to complete the RN to Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in addition to the Masters of Science (Nurse Educator) degree in an accelerated format.

Admission Requirements: RN-MS(N) - nurse educator

  1. A degree from a regionally accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 grading scale) for the last 60 credit hours of college coursework.
  3. Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  4. Successful completion of all general education requirements must be completed prior to conferral of BSN degree, with the exception of ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics, which must be completed prior to taking NURSE 4950 Nursing Theory and Research.
  5. A personal interview upon request.
  6. International applicants must meet additional requirements as identified on the Sinclair School of Nursing web site under “Apply Today” in Master of Science – Nursing MS(N).

BSN Accelerated Option

The BSN Accelerated Option is a 15 month program designed for individuals who hold a non-nursing degree at the baccalaureate level or higher.

Students are admitted to the Accelerated BSN Option based on the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals that can attest to the student’s motivation and ability to complete a course of intensive study.
  • Statement of career goals.
  • Description of the applicant’s view of nursing as a profession.
  • A personal interview.
  • Evidence of academic achievement of a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale on undergraduate degree.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum of a C or better.
  • Evidence of potential and motivation for nursing.
  • Evidence of prior work success and/or ability to handle a fast-paced academic program.

A Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree is awarded at graduation, and the graduate may be eligible to take the licensing examination to become a registered nurse (RN).

Transfer Students

Students transferring to MU from another accredited institution of higher education or other schools and colleges within the University are subject to the regulations established by the MU Faculty Council concerning transfer of credit.

For more information regarding the transfer guidelines for the School of Nursing, call (573) 882-0277. Prior to admission, transfer students must have the following:

  • Appropriate GPA for credit hours attempted, 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Approval from the associate dean’s office

Transfer students must apply for admission through the MU Admissions Office.

International Students

In addition to the admission criteria described above, international students must meet the following criteria:

  • Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4 or higher
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50 or higher
  • TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based)
  • English Language Support Program Test taken with success

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The academic advisor’s office is in room S235 of the School of Nursing Building, (573) 882-0277. In addition, each clinical nursing major is assigned a faculty advisor who is available for consultation about academic or professional matters.

Health Care

Nursing students participate in a variety of on- and off-campus educational experiences. The School of Nursing does not assume responsibility for health-care expenses incurred in either setting. Students assume responsibility for all health care for illness and injury, including emergency treatment. Student Health is located at University Physicians Medical Building, 1101 Hospital Drive, (573) 882-7481. For additional information, visit their web site at

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Nursing Graduate Programs

Sinclair School of Nursing
S235 Sinclair School of Nursing Building

Masters of Science (Nursing) and Masters of Science

The Master of Science degree programs prepares nurses with post baccalaureate or post graduate degrees for roles as nurse educators, nurse leaders, and care managers. Graduates of the Masters of Science program proceed to prepare future nurses, promote health, provide care management, and nursing leadership to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens of Missouri and beyond. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our PhD program prepares scholars to conduct original research, thereby; advancing the body of knowledge that guides the practice of nursing and contributes to improving health and well being. Successful completion of the program prepares nurses for college or university faculty positions as well as leadership roles in nursing, health care, industry, and governmental agencies.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP program prepares nurses to develop clinical programs based on the latest evidence. The student will choose an area of study (Adult CNS, FNP, PNP, or FMHNP) on which to focus their clinical practice. Successful completion of the program prepares nurses for an advanced clinical practice in primary care, hospital and community settings as well as leadership roles in practice settings and clinical faculty positions.

Note: Prospective graduate students must apply to both the degree program of interest and to the MU Graduate School. 

All graduate programs are distance mediated, providing online coursework with minimal, short, intensive campus experiences at specific times during the program to augment learning opportunities and allow for individualized faculty evaluation of educational competencies. The PhD program also offers a residential on-campus option for International Students only.