Nursing (RN to BSN)

Bachelor of science in nursing University of Missouri-Columbia
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Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your degree requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions and credit hours from your associate's degree in nursing.

The courses you take will include:

  • MU general education requirements;
  • Completion of the following courses is required before starting RN-BSN courses:
    • Anatomy
    • General Psychology
    • General Sociology
    • Human Development/Lifespan Psychology
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Physiology
    • Statistics
  • 4 credit hours from N4970 Nursing in Communities (offered in summer), which has a 45-hour clinical (you may complete this clinical using a local community agency);
  • 26 credit hours from the MU RN-to-BSN program.

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. 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.

Plans of study

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

Course planner

The chart below shows when required courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed. Work closely with an adviser to develop a semester plan that fits your schedule and graduation goals.

State authorization

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

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

  • Program authorized
  • Program authorized with stipulations
  • Program not authorized

Not authorized

Students residing in some states are not eligible to enroll in this program. See our state authorization page for a full list of states in which this program is not authorized.

Authorized with stipulations

Students residing in these states may be eligible to enroll in this program, but certain stipulations exist.

  • Colorado

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing