Admission Requirements

The BSN program follows the Minimum Standards for Approved Programs of Professional Nursing (2019) 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 335.066

All ABSN applicants must have completed a minimum of 53 credit hours of required general education and prerequisite coursework prior to being considered for admission to the ABSN Program. All accepted ABSN students must complete all required general education and prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the ABSN program. The ABSN program admissions deadline is in December of each year with the cohort start date the following June. Please email Dr. Angie Cornelius, the ABSN Program Coordinator, at with any questions about admission requirements.

Students will be considered for admission to the ABSN program if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Apply and be accepted to Central Methodist University College of Graduate & Extended Studies (CGES). The general application to the institution is located here.
  • Completion of application to the ABSN program
    • Please e-mail or mail the ABSN program application to Dr. Angie Cornelius at or CMU-Columbia, 1400 Forum Blvd, Suite 4, Columbia, MO, 65203.
  • Completion of a minimum of 53 credit hours of required general education and prerequisite coursework, prior to applying and being considered for admission.
    • Request official transcripts from each institution previously attended to Central Methodist University. Official transcripts are accepted electronically through a secure e-transcript delivery service, or via US Postal Mail at 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette MO 65248. If the e-transcript delivery service needs a specific recipient email address, please use Transcripts originally issued to student or received via FAX are not accepted as official documents.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite science courses with a minimum grade of “C” or better in a maximum of two attempts: Biology with lab, Anatomy with lab, Physiology with lab, Chemistry, and Microbiology with lab
    • The Biology and/or Biology lab requirement may be waived if the student has completed all other science pre-requisite course requirements.
    • Applicants must have completed at least 3 of these 5 prerequisite science courses prior to applying and being considered for admission.
    • Applicants must earn a science sub-cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completion of Pathophysiology with a grade of “B” or better prior to beginning the ABSN program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework
  • Provide two letters of recommendation that address the student’s character, work ethic, motivation, and general ability to complete an intensive, accelerated course of study. Letters must come directly from the individual writing the recommendation and can be sent electronically to or mailed to: Dr. Angie Cornelius, CMU-Columbia, 1400 Forum Blvd, Suite 4, Columbia, MO, 65203.
  • Completion of a personal interview with Dr. Angie Cornelius or a member of the ABSN faculty.
    • The ABSN application and transcripts must be received prior to the interview and completed between August 1st and December 1st.
    • To schedule an interview, e-mail Dr. Angie Cornelius at or call 573-447-3311 ext. 442.
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (administered by the nursing department for a nominal fee) with a minimum score of 70 in the areas of “reading” and “science” in no more than 2 attempts per admission period. The TEAS must be completed prior to the deadline for application. Please contact Dr. Angie Cornelius for possible dates to take the exam.

Note: Applicants have the right to petition the ABSN Admissions Committee for consideration of alternative circumstances. Contact Dr. Angie Cornelius for information on the petition process.

Admission Selection Process

The ABSN Admissions Committee meets each December to select the next cohort. The following are the procedures for all applicants:

  1. Applicant files are reviewed by the ABSN Admissions Committee. The ABSN Admissions Committee is comprised of:
    1. The ABSN Program Coordinator
    2. The ABSN Faculty Members
    3. The ABSN Clinical Coordinator
    4. The Chairperson of the Division of Health Professions or Nursing Program Administrator, if that individual is not the Division Chair
  2. Each completed applicant’s file includes:
    1. academic record
    2. TEAS entrance examination results
    3. letters of recommendation
    4. completed criminal background check (according to guidelines)
  3. After reviewing applicant files, the ABSN Admissions Committee selects applicants for admission. Applicants may be accepted either "fully" or "pending successful completion of pre-requisite requirements;” not accepted, but placed on a waiting list; or not accepted based on established criteria.
  4. Applicants placed on the wait list are ranked and will be notified in rank order if a program seat becomes available prior to the start of classes.
  5. 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 urine drug screens, and other mandatory items of applicant responsibility.

After acceptance:

  1. An applicant forfeits her or his reserved seat in the program if she or he:
    1. notifies the ABSN Program Coordinator in writing that they wish to forfeit their seat;
    2. has not completed the mandatory requirements (other than coursework) prior to the start of the ABSN program;
    3. does not meet the minimum requirements encompassed by the criminal background check and urine drug screen; or
    4. drops out of any required pre-requisite coursework (accepted pending) or does not earn the required minimum grade in science courses, as described previously in the admission requirements. Accepted applicants must complete all required general education and prerequisite coursework, with appropriate grades, prior to beginning the ABSN program in June.
  2. Forfeited seats will be awarded to the next applicant from the wait list who has completed the mandatory requirements prior to the start of the ABSN program in June.
  3. Each accepted applicant is required to purchase a CastleBranch account. Specific information is provided to each admitted applicant.

Students are required to upload the following to an information tracking account selected by the department prior to the start of the Nursing program (specific program and due date will be provided):

  • Physical examination
  • Rubella titer and/or immunization
  • Varicella titer and/or immunization
  • Current diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus-DPT
  • Hepatitis B injection series
  • Urine drug screen by a department approved vendor

NOTE: information for obtaining a personal information tracking account, the drug screen, immunization tracking, and CPR currency 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:

  • Montaux/PPD--within one year
  • Annual influenza vaccine
  • Current CPR certification (good for 2 years)
  • Personal health insurance
Malpractice insurance will be obtained yearly through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences