Nursing Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Central Methodist University, applicants submit:

  1. Application for admission to CMU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  2. ACT scores
  3. Official transcripts: High School (Must have completed high school or equivalent), Practical Nursing Program, College or Hospital based nursing program.
  4. Official transcripts from any other institutions of higher learning attended.
  5. Complete the Nursing Program Application. Program applications are accepted between January 1 and April 15 each year.

Students may apply to be admitted to the nursing program in the Junior year if the following criteria are met:

  1. applicants must meet the admission requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
  2. applicants must have an earned grade of "C" or better in Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry with a maximum of two (2) attempts (see Scholastic Standards) and a science sub-cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. The Biology and/or Biology lab requirement may be waived if the student has completed all other science pre-requisite course requirements.
  3. applicants must have earned a grade of "B" or better in Adaptation Nursing Model with Skills Lab and in Pathophysiology in no more than two (2) attempts;
  4. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on a minimum of 53 hours of college course work;
  5. students have the right to petition for consideration of alternative circumstances. Contact the Nursing Department Office for instructions regarding petitioning;
  6. the applicant completes a nursing entrance examination and achieves the minimum required score in no more than two (2) attempts per admission period. The Nursing Department identifies the specific required entrance examination and the required minimum passing grade and confirms these each year;
  7. applicants must complete a written questionnaire;
  8. a criminal background check is negative for felonies; and
  9. a background check and drug testing, at the expense of the student, must be done prior to starting the program.
Admission Selection Process

The Nursing Admissions Committee meets following the end of the Spring semester to select the next cohort. Specific dates are available from the Nursing Department office. The following are the procedures for all applicants:

  1. Applicant names are removed from the questionnaire before responses are evaluated by three faculty members using a common rubric, and the results are averaged.
  2. Each completed applicant’s file includes
    1. academic record;
    2. entrance examination results; and
    3. averaged score from the written questionnaire.
  3. Applicant files are divided into 5 tiers based on entrance examination scores and GPA values.
  4. Applicant files in each tier are divided into two groups: “current, active CMU applicants” and “transfer applicants.” Applicant files for current, active CMU applicants are considered first for admission in each tier.
  5. A maximum of fifty (50) applicants are accepted for each cohort.
  6. Applicants may be accepted either “fully” or “pending successful completion of pre-requisite requirements.”
  7. Qualified applicants not accepted for the next cohort may be accepted to a wait list. Applicants on this wait list are used to fill program seats that may become available prior to the start of classes.
  8. All applicants accepted or on the wait list are notified of their status and are provided information regarding their responsibilities in completing mandatory requirements, including carrying out criminal background check, urine drug screens, and other mandatory items of applicant responsibility.
  9. An applicant forfeits her or his reserved seat in the program if she or he
    1. i. has not completed the mandatory requirements (other than coursework) prior to August 1;
    2. does not meet the minimum requirements encompassed by the criminal background check and urine drug screen; or
    3. drops out of any required pre-requisite coursework (accepted pending).
  10. Forfeited seats will be awarded to the next applicant from the wait list who has completed the mandatory requirements.
  11. Applications are considered only in the year in which they are submitted. Applicants not previously accepted should speak with Nursing Department representatives concerning which part of their application packet should be re-submitted.
  12. The program coordinator and faculty members shall review all applications to the Nursing program. The faculty will determine whether an applicant may be admitted unconditionally, admitted with provisions, or not admitted, based on established criteria.
After Acceptance

Students are required to submit the following by August 1 prior to the start of the Nursing program:

  • Physical examination
  • Rubella titer and/or immunization
  • Varicilla titer and/or immunization
  • Current diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus—DPT
  • Hepatitis B injection series
  • Drug screening
  • Criminal records check by a department approved vendor

NOTE: Information for obtaining the drug screen, immunization tracking, CPR currency, and the criminal background check will be mailed to the student from the Nursing Department following acceptance into the program.

Students are required to show proof of the following, yearly, by September 1:

  • Montaux/PPD--within one year
  • Current CPR certification (good for 2 years)
  • Personal health insurance

Malpractice insurance will be obtained yearly through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for Licensure
  1. Graduation from an approved nursing program.
  2. An arrest or conviction may disqualify a candidate for licensure examination. The State Board of Nursing has the authority to refuse the issue of a license (Reference: Nursing Practice Act RS MO 355.066.)

Fees are charged to students enrolled in nursing courses in lieu of a laboratory charge. Fees are based on vendor quotes and are subject to change. Specific information regarding fees is available from the nursing office. These fees include purchase of:

  1. Malpractice insurance,
  2. Laboratory supplies including: stethoscope, bandage scissors, name tag,
  3. Standardized testing,
  4. Course materials including syllabus, care plans, and policies,
  5. Cost of eLearning resources from Evolve/Reach and,
  6. Student Nurses’ Association membership.
  7. Criminal background check and drug screening are at the expense of the student.

Nursing Program Technical Requirements

PC Operating System:

Windows 7 or higher, "full" version, not "RT" or "Mobile"

2+ GHz CPU, 4+ Gb RAM, ample Hard Drive storage space, Ethernet &/or WiFi connectivity

MacOperating System:

Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan - 10.9.5 "Mavericks" or higher recommended)

1.6 GHz or higher "Intel-Based" CPU, at least 4+ Gb RAM (8+ recommended), ample Hard Drive storage, Ethernet &/or WiFi connectivity


IE 11 or higher, Firefox 38 or higher, or Safari 7 or higher (Firefox Highly Recommended)

Adobe Reader, newest version (free download
Adobe Flash Plugin, newest version (free download)
Java browser plugin, newest version (free download)

Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 for Windows (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or 2016 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Microsoft Office 365 "Cloud" Internet version (Windows or Mac)


Students must have regular access to reliable, high-speed, internet access.  (DSL, U-Verse, Cable Modem, Fiber link, etc.)

Satellite-based or Cell phone "Hot Spot" based connections are typically unsuitable. (Contact Technology Services for more information if this is your only option.)

*** NOTE *** "Mobile" computing devices; SmartPhones, iPads, Tablets etc are NOT fully supported with all features of CMU courses and required electronic resources. There may be some features or assignments that CANNOT be done with a mobile device, and will require a "full" Desktop/Laptop computing system. If your mobile device is your primary computing device, make sure you have readily available access to a full computer system if needed. 

Before classes begin, please check with your instructors for any other special technical requirements they may have.

However, nursing students are required to have a portable device to take into the clinical setting. Please understand that a laptop will server both situations.

Students can access desktop computer systems in the library, residence hall computer labs, and the nursing computer lab - on a limited basis.

Other General Information

Syllabi, hand-outs, calendar and assignments are accessed through the myCMU website. Students must have a CMU email account. Transportation to all clinical experiences is the student’s responsibility.

CMU has a chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), a constituent of the Missouri/National Student Nurses’ Association (MOSNA/NSNA) (advisors: Prof. Heather Dougherty and Prof. Sean Pridgeon). Through SNA, students from each pre-Nursing and Nursing cohort elect a student representative to participate in department meetings and represent the student body in decision-making situations. Any pre-Nursing or Nursing student who wishes to attend department meetings may do so. However, all students will be dismissed from meetings prior to any discussion that is part of a private or privileged nature in order to protect confidential information.

Lecture courses are allotted credit based on 3 hours of classroom contact per week for each credit hour. Credit assigned to clinical components of courses is based on a minimum of 3 contact hours per credit hour. Clinical hours may include some lab time, simulations, community-based clinical experiences, and health-care provider organization-based clinical experiences.


The CMU Nursing Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or federally defined disability in its recruitment and admission of students.