Missouri Nursing School Programs:
ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

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Missouri Nursing School Programs organized by degree type:

  • ASN
  • BSN
  • BSN Accelerated
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN

Looking for a rewarding career high in demand and with high starting pay? Then becoming a registered nurse is for you!

According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is growing much faster than average with median pay above $32 per hour. These results are partly due to the fact that the nursing field is continually transforming into an increasingly advanced healthcare profession.

The following is a list of accredited nursing school programs organized by degree type: ASN, BSN, BSN Accelerated, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN. Each school has basic information listed about their program, including:

  • Prerequisites (GPA, SAT/ACT, TEAS scores, etc.)
  • Concentrations (MSN degrees)
  • Accreditation
  • Location
  • Length of Program

Why only accredited nursing schools? Because accreditation guarantees you will receive the education and experience you need to pass your state's licensing test. Accreditation means you will be doing your clinicals in a hospital rather than a museum (We wish that was a joke!). Anyone can create an educational program and call it a nursing program, but the only way to guarantee the quality of that program is accreditation by ACEN or CCNE.

Missouri ASN School Programs


An associate's degree in nursing is basically the only associate's degree that can land you a job making over $20 per hour, guaranteed. However, many hospitals are requiring their nurses to obtain their BSN within 5 years of becoming employed.

Eventually, the Associate's degree in nursing will be phased out completely, since hospitals are being encouraged to have BSN nurses employed by such forces as Magnet status awarded by ANCC. This push towards nurses having a Bachelor's degree comes from the fact that the Registered Nurse position is becoming a more advanced medical profession.

For the time being, while hospitals are still hiring nurse's with associate's degrees, one career pathway some students take is to get their Associate's Degree in Nursing, followed by doing an online RN to BSN program. This pathway is often more cost effective, although finding a job with an associate's degree may be more difficult than for someone having a Bachelor's in Nursing.

Cox College ASN

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/asn/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 GPA for required courses, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Springfield, MO

Lincoln University: Fort Leonard Wood Campus ASN

Missouri State University-West Plains ASN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 18, Minimum 2.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: West Plains, MO
  • Details: The ACT score may be waived for students with a bachelor's degree GPA of 3.0 or higher.

National American University: Zona Rosa ASN

  • Prerequisites: TEAS score, Minimum 2.8 GPA, CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) license, CPR certification from American Heart Association (AHA), Health Insurance, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Kansas City, MO

Saint Louis Community College ASN

  • http://www.stlcc.edu/Programs/Nursing/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Math, Psychology, Biology, English, Speech, Requirements (http://www.stlcc.edu/Programs/Nursing/requirements.html), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Southwest Baptist University ASN

  • http://mercy.sbuniv.edu/asn.html
  • Length of Program: 1.5-2 years (4 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Springfield, MO

Missouri BSN Traditional School Programs


Many schools offering BSN traditional programs accept students into the program as Freshman; however some schools consider the first two years to be "pre-nursing" and acceptance into the last two years of the "nursing" portion of the program can be competitive. Be sure to find out if acceptance into the program guarantees acceptance for the entire four years, since this will differ from school to school.

Students obtaining their BSN will be more competitive as job-seekers than their Associate degree peers. However, due to the high growth rate of the nursing field, rarely does a brand new Registered Nurse have problems finding a job within the first six months, no matter what kind of degree they have.

Chamberlain College of Nursing BSN Traditional

Cox College BSN Traditional

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/bsn/
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: For Early Admision: Minimum 25 ACT, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Springfield, MO

Lincoln University BSN Traditional

Missouri State University Nursing Department BSN Traditional

Saint Louis University School of Nursing BSN Traditional

  • http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/traditional-four-year-bachelors-of-science-in-nursing-%28tbsn%29
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 24 (minimum sub-scores of 22), Minimum High School GPA of 3.2, Chemistry, Biology, etc.; External Transfer Student: Minimum 3.4 GPA, Recommended Classes: Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Lifespan Growth & Development, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Details: Saint Louis University will consider a student's extracurricular activities when applying for admission to the traditional BSN program.

Southeast Missouri State University BSN Traditional

  • http://www.semo.edu/nursing/bsn/index.html
  • Length of Program: 4 years (General Education + Nursing)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 2.5 GPA; Classes Required Prior to beginning Nursing Coursework: Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, Nutrition, Human Development; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Details: At Southeast Missouri State University, for entry into the BSN traditional program, a student's science GPA's have more weight than the overall cumulative GPA. For these reasons, it is strongly encouraged to have at least three A's out of the four required science classes: Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology.

University of Central Missouri Department of Nursing BSN Traditional

  • https://www.ucmo.edu/nursing/rnbn/
  • Length of Program: 4 years (2 years General Education + 2 years Nursing program)
  • Prerequisites: For Direct Admission: ACT of 24, Minimum 3.5 GPA, etc; Otherwise: Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75, Minimum Grade of C in all prerequisites, Take GEA (General Education Assessment), Minimum Compass score of 81, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Warrensburg, MO

University of Missouri: Sinclair School of Nursing BSN Traditional

University of Missouri - Kansas City: School of Nursing & Health Studies BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: TEAS test, Minimum ACT of 27 for direct admission & Top 10% of class, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Kansas City, MO

University of Missouri - St. Louis: College of Nursing BSN Traditional

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 27 or SAT of 1210 recommended for direct entry, Minimum Prerequisite GPA of 2.7, Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Edwardsville, IL; Carbondale, IL

Missouri BSN Accelerated School Programs


BSN Accelerated degrees are for career-changers who already have a Bachelor's degree in a different field. Typically, acceptance into these programs only require that certain prerequisite classes have been taken and that the student has at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA.

Cox College BSN Accelerated

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/bsn/
  • Length of Program: 16 months
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA; Minimum 2.5 GPA for: Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Microbiology; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Springfield, MO

Saint Louis University School of Nursing BSN Accelerated

  • http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/accelerated-one-year-bachelors-of-science-in-nursing-%28absn%29
  • Length of Program: 1 year (3 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA; Minimum Grade of C in: Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics (Inferential/Descriptive), Theology/Religion, Ethics, Human Growth & Development, Social Behavioral Science; Two Letter of Reference; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Details: Saint Louis University Undergraduate students who have earned at least 77 credit hours are also eligible to enter into the BSN Accelerated program; there are specific admission requirements for non-degree students, including additional prerequisite classes.

University of Missouri: Sinclair School of Nursing BSN Accelerated

  • http://nursing.missouri.edu/academics/accelerated-bsn/index.php
  • Length of Program: 15 months
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA, Chemistry, Nutrition, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Columbia, MO

University of Missouri - Kansas City: School of Nursing & Health Studies BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 5 semesters Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Human Nutrition, Human Growth & Development, Minimum Science GPA of 2.75, Science courses taken in last 5 years, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Details: Volunteer Experience, Health Care Experience, and a higher GPA than 2.75 are all recommended.

University of Missouri - St. Louis: College of Nursing BSN Accelerated Second Degree

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville BSN Accelerated

  • Length of Program: 4 semesters Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry (Incorganic, Organic, & Bio), Microbiology or Bacteriology, Psychology, Human Growth & Development, English Composition, Statistics, Ethics, Two Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Edwardsville, IL
  • Details: Southern Illinois University's BSN Accelerated program begins in the fall semester only.

Missouri RN to BSN School Programs


Most RN to BSN school programs are offered online, or are a hybrid of online/on-campus courses. These schools assume you are currently working as an RN, and since you have already proven a certain level of knowledge with your licensure, they often offer great flexibility for obtaining your BSN.

The RN to BSN program option has gained in popularity due to the push towards requiring nurses to have a Bachelor's level education.

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to BSN

Cox College RN to BSN

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/bsn/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Springfield, MO
  • Details: While working on your BSN, up to 12 credit hours can count for the Master's level, allowing a student to begin working on their MSN while still working on the BSN. The RN to BSN program is mostly online.

Missouri State University Nursing Department RN to BSN

  • http://www.missouristate.edu/nursing/completion/
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Health Insurance, Malpractice Liability Insurance, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Springfield, MO)
  • Details: Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.75 are considered case-by-case.

Saint Louis University School of Nursing RN to BSN

Southeast Missouri State University RN to BSN

  • http://www.semo.edu/nursing/rn/index.html
  • Length of Program: 3 semesters Full-time; 5-6 semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  • Details: Southeast Missouri State University's RN to BSN program is completely online.

Southwest Baptist University RN to BSN

  • http://mercy.sbuniv.edu/bsn.html
  • Length of Program: 1-2 years
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, CPR certification, Nursing Liability/Malpractice Insurance, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Human Growth & Development, Pathophysiology, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Springfield, MO)

University of Central Missouri Department of Nursing RN to BSN

  • https://www.ucmo.edu/nursing/rntobsn/
  • Length of Program: 1 year
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license (eligible for licensure in Missouri), Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Warrensburg, MO)

University of Missouri: Sinclair School of Nursing RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 4 semesters Full-time; 6-7 Semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Columbia, MO)
  • Details: The University of Missouri's RN to BSN program is online.

University of Missouri - Kansas City: School of Nursing & Health Studies RN to BSN

  • http://sonhs.umkc.edu/undergraduate-degrees/rn-bsn.asp
  • Length of Program: 4 semesters Full-time (Part-time options available)
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license (eligible for licensure in Missouri), Certain General Education classes required, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Kansas City, MO)
  • Details: The University of Missouri-Kansas City's RN to BSN program is mostly online, with healthcare experiences occurring during the students final year. Probationary admission status may be given to students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.499, depending on each situation.

University of Missouri - St. Louis: College of Nursing RN to BSN

  • http://www.umsl.edu/~nursingweb/RN%20to%20BSN%20Program/index.html
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license (eligible for licensure in Missouri), Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (St. Louis, MO)
  • Details: The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers it's RN to BSN program completely online or on-campus (one evening per week).

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 3 semesters (1 year)
  • Prerequisites:  ASN degree, RN license, Minimum Cumulative 2.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, English Composition 1 & 2, Speech, Logic, Statistics, Ethics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Edwardsville, IL)
  • Details: Southern Illinois University's RN to BSN program is completely online.

Missouri MSN Traditional School Programs


The basic MSN options are Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and various Nurse Practitioners. Typically, nursing education and leadership are offered online and are easier to obtain. However, due to the ease of obtaining these MSN degrees and the lack of jobs in the field (in relation to supply), it is not uncommon for RN's with MSN's in education or leadership to have difficulty finding a job.

Conversely, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand, having much of the authority of Medical Doctors. If you visit an outpatient clinic, the person seeing you may actually be an NP instead of a doctor, which is a growing trend in the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner is a professional somewhere in-between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Physician's Assistant (PA).

Also a growing trend is a desire for Nurse Practitioners with Doctorate degrees (DNP), as the NP profession becomes more and more like the MD end of the spectrum. This typically means more authority and more pay.

Chamberlain College of Nursing MSN Traditional

Cox College MSN Traditional

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/msn-2/
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 18-22 months Full-time for MSN
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Springfield, MO
  • Details: The MSN program is mostly online. Students with a 2.5-3.0 GPA may be allowed provisional acceptance, and students who drop below a 3.0 GPA while in the program will receive academic probation status.

Missouri State University Nursing Department MSN Traditional

  • http://www.missouristate.edu/nursing/graduate/Traditional.htm
  • Concentration: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (if GPA less than 3.0), Health Insurance, Nursing Liability Insurance for Nurse Educators, Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Assoiciation (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Springfield, MO)
  • Details: Missouri State University also offers an accelerated option (http://www.missouristate.edu/nursing/graduate/Accelerated.htm) for nurses with an ASN degree to continue on to their MSN degree after completion of the BSN. Students must enroll in the RN to MSN option prior to starting their BSN.

Saint Louis University School of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/master-of-science-in-nursing-nurse-practitioner-%28msn-np%29
  • Concentrations: Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: Full-time & Part-time options available
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (in state where clinicals will be done), Minimum 3.25 GPA, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, CPR certification by the American Heart Association (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (St. Louis, MO)
  • Details: Recently graduated BSN students, with no clinical work experience, may be able to gain admission on a part-time basis while gaining nursing work experience.

Southeast Missouri State University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.semo.edu/nursing/msn/index.html
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Missouri RN license, Minimum 3.25 GPA, Professional Liability Insurance (specific coverage necessary), Statistics (Minimum Grade of B), CPR certification (Professional level), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Details: Nursing experience is recommended. Probationary Admission status may be granted to students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.90-3.24 if the student has a GPA of 3.25 based on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours.

Southwest Baptist University MSN Traditional

  • http://mercy.sbuniv.edu/msn.html
  • Concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration
  • Prerequisites: BSN Degree, RN license (eligible for licensure in Missouri), Minimum 3.0 GPA (Graduate Record Exam [GRE] required if GPA below 3.0), Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Statistics, CPR certification, Nursing Liability/Malpractice Insurance, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online / Springfield, MO
  • Details: Southwest Baptist University's MSN program is a combination of online and hybrid classes.

University of Central Missouri Department of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • https://www.ucmo.edu/nursing/msnursing/
  • Concentrations: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA, etc.; Family Nurse Practitioner: Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Warrensburg, MO)
  • Details: For the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, students will be required to complete their clinicals in Missouri or the greater Kansas City, MO area.

University of Missouri: Sinclair School of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader
  • Length of Program: 3-5 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours of BSN), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (waived if GPA above 3.3 for last 60 hours of BSN), Statistics, Two Professional References, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Columbia, MO)
  • Details: The University of Missouri's MSN programs are online; however, an occasional campus visit may be necessary.

University of Missouri - Kansas City: School of Nursing & Health Studies MSN Traditional

  • http://sonhs.umkc.edu/graduate-degrees/msn.asp
  • Concentrations: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 5 semesters Full-time; 7-8 semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (in State where clinicals are completed), Minimum 3.2 GPA (for last 60 credit hours of BSN), Neonatal only: 1 year full-time RN experience with acute care infants, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Kansas City, MO)
  • Details: The University of Missouri-Kansas City's MSN programs are mostly online, with the exception that students may be required to visit campus (Kansas City, MO) a few days during the course of their program.

University of Missouri - St. Louis: College of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (eligible for licensure in Missouri), Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA, Statistics, Health Assessment class, Two years Nursing experience (preferred before clinicals), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years (varies by concentration)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Illinois or Missouri RN license, Minimum Nursing GPA of 3.0, Minimum Science GPA of 3.0, Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0, Statistics (minimum grade of C), Minimum 1 year Nursing experience, CPR certification, For Nurse Anesthesia: ACLS & PALS certification by American Heart Association (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Edwardsville, IL; East St. Louis, IL
  • Details: Depending on the concentration, probationary admission may be offered to students with a 2.50 to 2.99 GPA.

Missouri MSN Accelerated School Programs


Saint Louis University School of Nursing MSN Accelerated

  • Concentration: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Length of Program: 5 semesters (21 months)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; Minimum 3.2 Undergraduate GPA; Completed in Last 5 Years: Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Inferential Statistics; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Details: Clinicals are completed in hospitals in the Saint Louis area.

Missouri RN to MSN School Programs


For Registered Nurses who want to obtain their BSN and MSN at the same time, or for RN's who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, many schools offer RN to MSN programs. The only drawback to these programs is that generally only Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership are possible degree concentrations. If you have any interest in becoming a Nurse Practitioner, then the more traditional route is more appropriate.

Note: Some schools do not award a BSN through their RN to MSN option, offering only a direct path from ASN to MSN. Your work experience will likely play a large role in finding a job with your MSN if you do not have a Bachelor's degree to go with it.

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to BSN to MSN

  • http://www.chamberlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate/rn-bsn-to-msn
  • Length of Program: 2 Years
  • Prerequisites: RN License, Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN coursework
  • Concentrations: Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Executive, Educator Tracks
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (St. Louis, MO)
  • Details: Students earn their BSN and MSN at the same time. This program is mainly for students earning their BSN through Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program.

Cox College RN to MSN

  • http://coxcollege.edu/index.php/msn-2/
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: BSN + 18-22 months Full-time for MSN
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Springfield, MO
  • Details: While working on your BSN, up to 12 credit hours can count for the Master's level, allowing a student to begin working on their MSN while still working on the BSN. The RN to MSN program is mostly online. Students with a 2.5-3.0 GPA may be allowed provisional acceptance, and students who drop below a 3.0 GPA while in the program will receive academic probation status.

Missouri State University Nursing Department RN to BSN to MSN

  • http://www.missouristate.edu/nursing/graduate/Accelerated.htm
  • Concentration: Nurse Educator
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, Two Professional Letters of Recommendation, 1 year direct patient care nursing experience, Minimum 3.25 GPA, Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Assoiciation (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Springfield, MO)
  • Details: Missouri State University offers an accelerated option for nurses with an ASN degree to continue on to their MSN degree after completion of the BSN. Students must enroll in the RN to MSN option prior to starting their BSN.


State List of Nursing School Programs

Disclaimer: Nursing schools sometimes change their prerequisites and other information. Accreditation is also renewable, which means nursing schools can lose their accreditation. While we attempt to keep all information up-to-date, the most reliable source of information is the actual nursing school website (links are provided). This website is for information purposes only and currently has no affiliation with any particular nursing school.

Nursing Abbreviations: Quick Reference


Abbreviations for Degrees and Titles

  • ASN/ADN = Associate of Science in Nursing / Associate Degree in Nursing
  • BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN = Master of Science in Nursing
  • CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
  • LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
  • RN = Registered Nurse
  • NP = Nurse Practitioner (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)
  • CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)

College Assessment Exams

  • ACT = American College Testing program (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • TEAS = Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • HESI A2 = Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment
  • GRE = Graduate Record Examination (Graduate college entrance exam)

Accreditation Agencies

  • ACEN = Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE = Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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