Admission Criteria

The post-baccalaureate entry point is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree and desire to obtain a doctoral degree in nursing practice. The student will develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become clinical scholars, clinical experts, and transformational leaders who will function at the highest level of nursing practice.

Admission Criteria:

  • Admission to the University by completing the UMSL Graduate School application
  • Completion of College of Nursing supplemental application
  • BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • BSN 3.0 GPA (calculated on last 60 hours of BSN coursework)
  • Current professional licensure
  • Completion of an undergraduate general statistics course

Direct Admit BSN to DNP Option

Guaranteed admission to the BSN to DNP program is selective and open to students who have earned a BSN from UMSL or completed the UMSL CON Externship in Nursing Summer program and earned a BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program. 

Admission Criteria:

  • Admission to the University by completing the UMSL Graduate School application
  • Completion of College of Nursing supplemental application
  • BSN from UMSL OR completed the UMSL CON Externship in Nursing Summer Program and earned a BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • 3.75 GPA in last 60 hours of BSN coursework

Once admitted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Spaces in the BSN to DNP program are limited and are first awarded to guaranteed applicants. Based on space availability, applications will be accepted until the class is full.