The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).The goal of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program is to provide opportunities for qualified students to acquire the knowledge necessary to provide nursing care, which promotes adaptation of the person, family, and community. This knowledge is acquired within a liberal arts experience, which emphasizes honesty, integrity, civility, and a strong sense of personal responsibility. Professional preparation as a nurse includes promotion of lifelong learning, social responsibility, and service. Professional nurses must be able to utilize evidence-based practice to promote patient, family, and community safety that best meets perceived needs and assists with the achievement of best possible outcomes.

The faculty believes persons are unique, holistic, and developing beings with the process and capacity for thinking, feeling, reflecting and choosing. Persons respond to and act upon the constantly changing environment, which is everything that is within and around them. To adapt to this changing environment, people use coping processes, which are both innate and learned. Adaptation occurs as adaptive responses promote integrity and wholeness.

Health is a state and a process of being and becoming an integrated and whole person. Health is a continuum ranging from peak wellness to death. The adaptation level is that point where the person is able to respond positively. A whole person is one with the highest possible fulfillment of human potential.

Nursing assists persons, families, and communities to examine life and environmental patterns, attach personal meaning to these patterns and choose adaptation. Nursing acts to enhance interaction with the environment by promoting meaningful life experiences, growth, and adaptation. The profession of nursing is an integrated part of a system for health care delivery and shares responsibility for working collaboratively with other health care practitioners.

Nursing education is a process, which enables the learner to synthesize a body of knowledge obtained through courses in nursing, liberal arts, humanities, and the sciences. Because nursing is dynamic, the education is foundational for professional growth through nursing research and continuing education.

The faculty believes that the learner is best able to reach individual potential in an environment that is nurturing and promotes inquiry, dialogue, curiosity, creativity, the ethical ideal, and assertiveness. The learner brings an attitude of commitment and motivation for achievement. The role of the learner is to share in the responsibility of the teaching-learning process.

The teacher interacts with students as persons of worth, dignity, intelligence, and high scholarly standards. The teacher's role is to provide the climate, structure, and dialogue that promote discovery of patterns and paradigms for practice. The teacher raises questions that require reading, observation, analysis, and reflection upon patient care. The teacher nurtures the learner, is available for dialogue, and promotes the use of research and critical thinking in the delivery of nursing care.

CMU has a BSN-completion program for individuals who have their Associate Degree in Nursing and wish to complete their Bachelors in Nursing. CMU also offers an Accelerated BSN program for individuals who already have a Bachelor's degree in any subject and have completed the pre-requisite courses for Nursing education, as well as a Masters in Nursing in Clinical Nurse Leadership. See the CMU website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Outcomes:

The Bachelor of Science Nursing graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional nursing leadership with technical proficiency. Graduates demonstrate use of principles of management and leadership, evidenced in:
    • the empathetic care of clients, families, and communities
    • teamwork and collaboration
    • the monitoring and improvement of healthcare systems, including the management of physical, fiscal, and human resources
  2. Apply critical thinking and problem solving to provide evidence-based nursing care, which promotes safety, holism and adaptation by:
    • discovering research questions
    • critically analyzing evidence
    • applying evidence to practice
  3. Incorporate the principles of communication, client education and client advocacy into practice.
  4. Exhibit a commitment to individual and professional growth as a lifelong learner, evidenced by:
    • continuing informal and formal education
    • reading refereed professional journals
    • participating in shaping the health care delivery system.
  5. Provide, delegate and/or supervise nursing care based on current knowledge, theory, and evidence to promote safety, holism and adaptation as demonstrated by the ability to:
    • assess and diagnose the health status of diverse individuals, families, and communities.
    • plan, implement, and evaluate the care for diverse individuals, families, and communities in structured and unstructured settings who require nursing at restorative, maintenance or promotion levels.
  6. Evaluate career choices within the nursing profession based on emerging skills and personal strengths and abilities.
  7. Display behaviors as a member of the profession of nursing based on standards of practice and professional codes of ethics to:
    • assume accountability for own nursing practice
    • practice within ethical and legal frameworks
    • provide compassionate, patient-centered care
    • promote a supportive environment for care and learning
    • demonstrate professional identity and integrity
  8. Demonstrate collaboration with other health care providers to promote the full human potential. (The liberal arts education provides opportunities for growth in knowledge, personal integrity, spirituality, and professional competence.)

Non-Discriminatory Policy

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

Admission Criteria for Selection of Students

The BSN program follows the Minimum Standards for Approved Programs of Professional Nursing (2013) under the guidance of the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Graduates of this program will be eligible for application to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion does not guarantee eligibility to take licensure examination. (Reference: Nurse Practice Act RS MO 355.066)

Students who desire a degree in Nursing but who have an ACT of < 21 are required to be categorized initially as "undeclared."  Students who are admitted to CMU via the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee are required to be categorized initially as "undeclared." Any student who is academi­cally successful in meeting the admission requirements to Nursing (at the completion of the pre-requisite coursework for Nursing) will be eligible for application to Nursing. Stu­dents unsuccessful in achieving or maintain­ing the aca­demic level required to participate in the BSN-G program have the additional exit option of an Associate of Science degree that can be built from courses already taken.

  1. To be admitted to Central Methodist University, applicants submit:
    1. application for admission;
    2. ACT scores;
    3. official transcripts: High School (Must have completed high school or equivalent), Practical Nursing Program, College or Hospital-based nursing program; and
    4. official transcripts from any other institutions of higher learning attended.
  2. Students may apply to be admitted to the BSN-G 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 an earned grade of "B" or better for AH200 Introduction to Adaptation Nursing Model and AH314 Pathophysiology to be eligible for consideration for admission to the nursing education program. Should a student require more than two attempts to earn the minimum grade of B for either course, that student is not eligible for consideration for admission;
    4. withdrawal from required science or allied health courses is considered the same as an academically unsuccessful attempt to complete the course;
    5. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.85 on a 4.0 scale on a minimum of 53 hours of college course work;
    6. students have the right to petition for consideration of alternative circumstances. Contact the Nursing Department Office for instructions regarding petitioning;
    7. 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;
    8. applicants must complete a written questionnaire;
    9. a criminal background check is negative for felonies; and
    10. a background check and drug testing must be completed and results received by the department prior to clinical.
  3. Admission selection process. The Program Director and faculty members shall review all applications to the BSN-G program. The faculty will determine whether an applicant may be admitted unconditionally, admitted with provisions, or not admitted based on established criteria. The process for application review is as follows:
    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.
    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. 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.
  4. After acceptance into the Nursing program:
    1. Students are required to submit the following by August 1 prior to the start of the Nursing program:
      1. Physical examination
      2. Rubella titer and/or immunization
      3. Varicilla titer and/or immunization
      4. Current diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus—DPT
      5. Hepatitis B injection series
      6. Drug screening Criminal records check by a department approved vendor
    2. Students are required to show proof of the following, yearly, by September 1:
      1. Montaux/PPD--within one year
      2. Current American Heart CPR certification (good for 2 years)
      3. Personal health insurance

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

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.

BSN-G Scholastic Standards, retention, and progression requirements

Students must earn a grade of "B" in all Nursing (NU) courses. Grades are not "rounded:" a grade of 79.8% not rounded to 80% and is posted as a "C". Should a student receive a grade of less than B for any one NU course, s/he must present a petition to the appropriate program Nursing Admissions Committee for permission to repeat the course in the next available offering. Each petition should outline a plan of action designed to improve that student's potential for success in the repeated course.

Students are required to follow the Nursing Curriculum sequence for the BSN-G and ABSN. Courses are only offered in specific semesters/terms. If a student is allowed to repeat a course, the student must wait until the next time the course is offered, on a space-available basis. Students who must repeat an NU course are allowed to complete all NU courses for the current semester/term; students are not allowed to progress to the next semester/term course sequence until they have passed all courses in the current semester.

To successfully complete any clinical Nursing course, the student must have an earned course grade of B and a P (pass) for the clinical or lab portion of the course. Failure to pass the lab or clinical portion of an NU course results in the grade of "C" being the highest grade possible for the course, regardless of the grade for the didactic portion of the course. Withdrawal from any NU courses other than for medical reasons is considered the same as being academically unsuccessful in that course for purposes of progression through the nursing education program. Should the student receive any second grade of less than B for any NU course, the second grade of less than a B will result in the student's dismissal from the nursing education program.

Resumption of the program following an approved medical withdrawal from the program requires a letter from the health provider stating that there are no restrictions affecting the student's ability to resume the course of study and complete clinical coursework. Please review the Student Technical/ Ability Standards available in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Any student not actively participating in the BSN-G program for more than one regular semester is dropped from the program and must reapply for consideration for acceptance into the program. Any ABSN student who must repeat an NU course must do so in the next scheduled cohort or reapply for acceptance to the program.

Students are required to successfully pass a predictive exit examination prior to graduation. Options for this requirement are available in the course syllabus for NU452.

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 program from Evolve/Reach and,
  6. Student Nurses' Association membership.
  7. Criminal background check and drug screening are at the expense of the student.

Each student is responsible for acquiring personal access to a android, tablet, or notebook computer that the student can bring to class, the simulation lab, and into the clinical setting. This device must be portable and have a good battery. Reliable home internet access is essential; dial-up access may not be fast enough, depending on your provider. The android, tablet, or notebook must support newer versions of Microsoft Word and EXCEL. Preferred browsers include Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, most current version of Mozilla Firefox, or most current version of Google Chrome. The device must have a standard screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels for standard display. Devices with integral cameras or recording capability are not allowed as these constitute a potential HIPPA violation. This aspect of the device may be disabled by covering the camera lens aperture.  Any device capable of supporting MS Window 7/8, a MacBook laptop, or an iPad will work.  Newer 'high-end' Android tablets such as Samsung Note or Google Nexus will also work.  It is the responsibility of each student to provide their own computing hardware!

CMU has a chapter of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA), a constituent of the Missouri/National Student Nurses' Association (MOSNA/NSNA) (advisors: Prof. Sean Pridgeon and Prof. Heather Dougherty). 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. Simulation experiences will not exceed 20% of total clinical exposure.