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Admission/Selection Criteria and Deadlines

Nursing student Admission to the associate in science in nursing program is on a selective basis. Students are admitted to the nursing course sequence twice a year at the Columbia campus with selection being made in August and January. Students are admitted to the nursing course sequence once a year at the Lake of the Ozarks campus with selection being made in January.

The maximum number of students is 32 per campus (home campus and Lake of the Ozarks). This number is made up of a combination of non-LPN and LPN students.

Selection criteria

General education, mathematics and science courses selection criteria:

Nursing course sequence selection criteria includes:

  • Completion of all general education, mathematics and science courses. Students may elect to complete one or more of the remaining prerequisites in the eight-week session(s) between the time of the submission of the nursing application and the start of the nursing classes.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for the general education, mathematics, science, and nursing prerequisite classes is required.
    This includes a grade of C or better in all required courses. The GPA for selection will be based only on the courses that are required for the nursing program.
  • Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care (see below).
  • Achieve a competitive score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) version V.
  • LPNs only:
    • Submit an official copy of practical nursing transcript.
    • Submit a copy of your LPN license in the state of Missouri
    • Must have a current undisciplined LPN license for the state of Missouri
  • Completed and acceptable application packet.

Selection will be based on a composite of the following:

  • GPA of prerequisite courses
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) score

Additional requirements for those selected for the program:

  • Urine drug test. Those selected for the program will be sent more information about the drug test.
  • Physical forms, including documentation of immunizations/titers.
  • CPR certification by the American Heart Association, Health Care Providers course. See CPR training locations.

Applicants taking the RN State Board Licensure Examination must have completed high school (or the equivalent) and have completed a professional nursing program.

Functional abilities

Nursing student on phoneA candidate for the nursing program must possess essential abilities in order to provide safe and effective patient care. Functional abilities to fulfill the role of the nurse include: behavioral/emotional, cognitive, communication, professional conduct, psychomotor skills and sensory/perceptual abilities.

  • Behavioral/Emotional: Ability to maintain effective, therapeutic relationships with patients, families, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances and settings, including highly stressful situations. Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all responsibilities involved in the care of patients and families.
  • Cognitive: Ability to evaluate and apply knowledge and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical settings.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and therapeutically with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals in both oral and written forms.
  • Professional conduct: Ability to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethical and legal manner. Be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice. Be able to deliver safe, effective nursing care to all patient populations, including, but not limited to children, adolescents and adults with various emotional, developmental, and medical problems and needs. Adapt to rapidly changing environments/situations while maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Psychomotor Skills: Ability to maintain motor coordination, strength, flexibility, dexterity, balance and sensory capabilities sufficient for safe and accurate assessment of the patient and performance of patient-care tasks.
  • Sensory/Perceptual: Ability to utilize vision, hearing and senses of touch and smell to thoroughly analyze patient data and provide accurate and safe treatment/care.

Missouri Nursing Practice Act

Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

According to the Nursing Practice Act, licensure may be withheld or revoked due to controlled substance abuse, criminal prosecution and a variety of other offenses. A copy of the Nursing Practice Act is available at the Nursing Education Center and can also be accessed online on the Missouri State Board of Nursing Web site, or at the direct link below:

Questions regarding the relevance of this section to a particular situation should be addressed to the director/coordinator of the program.

Selection deadlines

  • July 15, 2012: (Columbia campus only)
    • For non-LPN students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in October and
    • For LPN students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in January
  • November 30, 2012: (Columbia and Lake of the Ozark campus)
    • For non-LPN students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in March and
    • For LPN students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in June