BSN Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions

Complete and submit application to the University.

Complete and submit application to the BSN program.

If you are considering application for admission for fall 2018 or later, contact your advisor or the Department of Nursing for updated requirements.

Yes. They are March 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Entrance into the program is based on GPA and science courses.

There is no application fee for the Department of Nursing.

An official transcript is a sealed document sent directly from the college/university to the Registrar's Office (MS3760, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau MO 63701).

You do need to provide one from each school you have attended.

Yes. There are a limited number of seats per semester. We admit 35 students each fall and spring semester.

A criminal background check shows evidence of misdemeanor and/or felony offenses.

Southeast Missouri State University will notify you when you are admitted to the University. The Department of Nursing will send you notification when we receive your application and we will let you know if there is anything else you need to submit.

The Department of Nursing will notify you and let you know whether or not you have been admitted to the program or placed on a reserve list. The department will also let you know if you have not been admitted to the program.

Plans of Study, Progression and Advising

No. Part-time study is not available. Students are encouraged to follow the curricular pattern on the Web site. Contact the Student Affairs Committee prior to any change in your program of study to discuss the issues/consequences.

Courses are offered in a prescribed sequence. That sequence allows for very limited flexibility in a student’s program of study.

It will take you four years to complete the program. The first two years you will take prerequisites and University required courses. The last two years you will take your nursing courses.

Students must have a 2.8 GPA in order to be admitted to the program. Once they are admitted to the program, they must have a grade of ‘C’ or better in their nursing and support courses in order to stay in the program.

This answer varies from student to student. Full-time work is not encouraged. A weekend option work schedule may be helpful if full-time employment is necessary.

Any student who believes that they may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor to arrange an appointment to discuss their individual needs. Instructors rely on Disability Services for assistance in verifying the need for academic accommodations and developing accommodation strategies. Students who have not already registered with Disability Services as a student with a disability will be encouraged to do so. Accommodations do not have to be granted unless the disability is verified by Disability Services. For assistance, please email or call 573-651-5927 or the web address is

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Yes, there are several different scholarships available for nursing students.

Complete the FAFSA and contact the financial aid office (573) 651-2590.

Transfer Credits for Courses

The Registrar’s Office determines whether or not a non-nursing class can be transferred into the University. If you have a question about a nursing course that was taken, the department will need to see a copy of the syllabus to determine if we will accept that course.

Finding Tutors for BSN Coursework

Appointments for tutoring can be made in Room 306A of Crisp Hall. Please, call Josh Naeger, Secretary in the Nursing Department at 573-986-6413, or, email him at, if you have any questions.

In addition, University Tutorial Services provides tutoring through Learning Assistance Programs and Student Support Services. They are located in the University Center, Room 206 and can be reached at On the SEMO site, they can be found at


Crisp Hall 213
Department of Nursing
One University Plaza, MS 8300
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701