Admission to the traditional B.S.N. program

Early admission for high school and first year college students

High school students or college freshmen who wish to be considered for Early Admission may apply during their senior year of high school or first year of college. High school students who have a 22 ACT and 3.0 high school GPA or a 21 ACT with a 3.2 high school GPA and college freshmen with a 3.0 cumulative GPA are eligible to be admitted to Research College of Nursing to begin coursework following completion of pre-requisites. Admitted students must achieve a college GPA of 3.0 or a 2.8 with a B- or better in Anatomy & Physiology to enter the program following completion of pre-requisites.

Advising is available each semester as students complete their pre-requisites from an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university. Interested High school students or college freshmen can apply using the Early Admission application on the RCoN website. Official high school transcripts and ACT scores are required to be considered for Early Admission.

Transfer Student Admission

Applications are made using NursingCAS (https://portal.nursingcas.org). The application must include official transcripts from each College the student has attended. The application will open up January 1, 1 ½ years prior to the August start date. Admission decisions will be made beginning May 1st and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support directly by phone at 617-612-2880 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern or by email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

Students must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with a C or better in all math and science pre-requisites, or a 2.8 college GPA with a B- or better in Anatomy & Physiology to be considered. College grade point average may be based on the applicant’s entire academic record or calculated using transcripts from the last three years of college attendance, whichever is highest. The admission process is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students do not have to complete all the pre-requisites to apply.

Anatomy & Physiology credits must be earned within five years of date of application, There is not a time limit on other pre-requisite courses. A credit evaluation can be completed by the Director of Admission upon request.

Transfer students who have nursing credit from another college must follow the admission process above and meet the minimum criteria, in addition, the student:

  1. Must submit a letter to the Director of Admission from the Dean, Chair or Director of the nursing program attended indicating that they are in good standing and eligible to return or an explanation of why they are not eligible to return.
  2. May be required to interview with the Research College of Nursing Traditional B.S.N. Program Director.

Admission to the accelerated B.S.N.

Prospective students who have earned a baccalaureate degree, in a field other than nursing, from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible for admission to the Accelerated BSN. Applications are made using NursingCAS (https://portal.nursingcas.org). The application must include official transcripts from each college the student has attended, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Students must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with a C or better in all math and science pre-requisites, or a 2.8 college GPA with a B- or better in Anatomy & Physiology to be considered. College grade point average may be based on the applicant’s entire academic record or calculated using transcripts from the last three years of college attendance, whichever is highest.

Anatomy and Physiology credits must be earned within five years of date of application. There is not a time limit on other pre-requisite courses. Prospective students should apply 1-1.5 years prior to their anticipated start date. For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support directly by phone at 617-612-2880 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern or by email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

Accelerated B.S.N. applicants who have nursing credit from another college must follow the admission process above and meet the minimum criteria, in addition, the student:

  1. Must submit a letter to the Director of Admission from the Dean, Chair or Director of the nursing program attended indicating that they are in good standing and eligible to return or an explanation of why they are not eligible to return.
  2. May be required to interview with the Research College of Nursing Accelerated B.S.N. Program Director.

Transfer Credits

Research College of Nursing accepts transfer credit under the following guidelines:

  1. Transfer institutions must be regionally accredited by a higher education association.
  2. Undergraduate courses must be a C or better to be accepted for transfer by Research College of Nursing.
  3. Pass/fail credit will be accepted if pass is defined as a C or better in the institution’s academic catalog or other official documentation.
  4. Practicum, cooperative education, field experience, internships, etc., are not accepted.
  5. Correspondence work is accepted only under special circumstances, and with prior approval of the academic dean.
  6. Credits earned at colleges outside of the United Students are required to obtain a course by course evaluation by an outside agency such as ECE or WES.

For institutional accreditation reasons, the College is required to have on file official transcripts from all institutions of higher education a degree-seeking student has attended, whether or not the credit is applied to their Research College of Nursing degree program. The College reserves the right to reject course work from institutions not accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or other accrediting associations, as determined by the Registrar’s Office. Such course work is not accepted for transfer or satisfaction of degree requirements at Research College of Nursing. Undergraduate nursing courses are not accepted for transfer except as a completed degree.

Credit for Nontraditional Work

College Level Examinations: Students who wish to take Subject Level Examinations in various areas of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may submit official score reports to the Director of Admission. Contact the Educational Testing Service to request an official report of your test score. A score of 50 is considered the minimum qualifying score for college credit.

Advanced Placement Tests: Students who received a score of 3 or above on an Advanced Placement Test administered by the College Entrance Examination board can receive college credit. Official score reports must be submitted to the Director of Admission.

International Baccalaureate Credit: Students who completed the International Baccalaureate program are eligible to receive college credit for the courses completed. A score of 5-7 on the higher-level examinations will result in the granting of college credit. Official score reports must be submitted to the Director of Admission.

Standards to apply for licensure to practice as a registered nurse

To practice as a registered nurse, graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN™, the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination. Applicants must meet certain standards to be eligible to sit for this examination.

A written application must be submitted to the board showing the applicant’s education. Applicants shall be of good moral character. Non-English-speaking applicants shall be required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language. The application requires a criminal background check; the Missouri State Board of Nursing has the right to denial, revocation, or suspension of nursing licenses for just cause. For more information, see Sections 335.046.1 and 335.066, RSMo, of the Nursing Practice Act at https://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf.