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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your plan of study will include N4970 Nursing in Communities (4 credit hours, offered in summer), which has a 90-hour clinical. You may complete this clinical including using a local community agency.

Successful completion of your BSN requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions: credit hours from your associate's degree in nursing, 60 credit hours of general education and foundation course work, and 26 from the MU RN-to-BSN program, among others.

Transfer credit

The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other Missouri institutions.

You also may email your unofficial transcripts to the RN to BSN academic adviser, who can evaluate your credit and give you a timeline for starting the program.

MU general education requirements

Common MU equivalents are listed below.

  • MATH 1100 College Algebra1 (3 credit hours) Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation1 (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
  • Humanities or fine arts (9 credit hours).
  • History or political science (3 credit hours).
  • General psychology (3 credit hours).
  • Introduction to sociology (3 credit hours).
  • Statistics (3 credit hours).
  • Microbiology (with lab)2 (4 credit hours).
  • Anatomy (with lab)2 (4 credit hours).
  • Physiology (with lab)2 (4 credit hours).
  • Pharmacology3 (3 credit hours).
  • Human growth and development (life span)3 (3 credit hours).
  • Nutrition/diet therapy3 (3 credit hours).
  • Social/biological/physical/mathematical/behavioral science (6 credit hours).
  • Electives (6 credit hours).

1 You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.

2 All science courses will be evaluated on an individual basis for the transfer of credit.

3 May be challenged through standardized examinations.

Plans of study

The length of your program will depend on your completion of equivalent prerequisite courses and transferred credits.

4-semester plan of study (26 credit hours)
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
Semester 1 (2 credit hours)
N3080 Communication and Computer Skills (2 credit hours) X
Semester 2 (9 credit hours)
N3180 Role Transitions X
N4200 Nursing Ethics and Law X
N4950W Nursing Theory and Research* X
Semester 3 (11 credit hours)
N4380 Health Assessment and Pathophysiology (4 credit hours) X
N4400 Nursing Issues/Leadership/Management (2 credit hours) X X
N4930W Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice (5 credit hours) X
Semester 4 (4 credit hours)
N4970 Nursing in Communities (4 credit hours; includes 90 hours of preceptor assisted practicum) X
6-semester plan of study (26 credit hours)
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
Semester 1 (2 credit hours)
N3080 Communication and Computer Skills (2 credit hours) X
Semester 2 (6 credit hours)
N3180 Role Transitions X
N4950 Nursing Theory and Research X
Semester 3 (5 credit hours)
N4930 Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice X
Semester 4 (4 credit hours)
N4970 Nursing in Communities (4 credit hours, includes 90 hours of preceptor assisted practicum) X
Semester 5 (3 credit hours)
N4200 Nursing Ethics and Law X
Semester 6 (6 credit hours)
N4400 Nursing Leadership and Management (2 credit hours) X X
N4380 Health Assessment and Pathophysiology (4 credit hours) X

* You must complete statistics, pharmacology, and human growth and development before taking N4950.

The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Sinclair School of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education .

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Current RN licensure in the United States.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in your associates nursing program.
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 for courses taken at MU.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • Successful completion of MU general education requirements listed above.

    The School may give special consideration to students who do not meet the above criteria but who have demonstrated unusual motivation toward a nursing career and whose backgrounds demonstrate substantial economic or cultural diversity

  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Application dates

    All students begin their programs with the summer semester. Deadline to apply is Mar. 1.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. In the online application, you will need to supply:

    • Your name and contact information.
    • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable).
    • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended.
    • Copy of your current RN licensure.
    • Personal statement (1–2 pages) explaining why you want to pursue your bachelor’s degree in nursing, why you believe yourself to be a strong RN-BSN candidate and why you chose SSON. Make sure to include your name at the top of your personal statement.

    You also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to

    • Office of Admissions
    • University of Missouri-Columbia
    • 230 Jesse Hall
    • Columbia, MO 65211

    Additionally, the Sinclair School of Nursing may request a personal interview.

  6. Complete the online application

  7. Complete and submit the online application as well as the RN-BSN option application form.

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.