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BSN Admission


Effective Fall 2020, if you are accepted into the nursing program, you will be required to come on-campus during the second eight weeks of the semester PRIOR to beginning nursing coursework to take NS271 - Fundamentals of Nursing:  Concepts, Processes, & Practice (3 cr hrs).  This core class is required for all students who are accepted into the nursing program and must be completed prior to beginning any other nursing lecture or clinical courses (NS or NC).

TRANSFER STUDENTS:  All transfer students must meet with a pre-nursing academic advisor prior to applying to the nursing program to determine how your credits, AA, or AAT will apply.  If you are transferring from an out-of-state institution with an AA or AAT DEGREE, YOU WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE PS220 - Missouri Government (1 cr hr) prior to beginning the nursing coursework. 

Applying to the BSN Program


For Fall Admission - February 15th
For Spring Admission - September 15th


Click the link for the appropriate application form.  BSN Application Form

(1)     First make sure you are eligible to apply.  You are eligible only if ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • You have applied and been admitted to Southeast Missouri State University having met all admission and progression requirements as outlined in the current university "Bulletin" - Transfer students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with a pre-nursing academic advisor immediately following admission to the university to determine whether additional general studies courses are necessary.  It is imperative that all students planning to apply to the nursing program work closely with the pre-nursing academic advisors
  • You have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.8 based on a 4.0 scale - You can find your cumulative GPA at the top of your Degree Works
  • You have completed at least 45 credit hours from the nursing curriculum found on the Degree Map and are on schedule to complete a total of 58 hours prior to beginning any nursing coursework - Again, this information is located on your Degree Works
  • You have three of the four required sciences completed and the fourth in progress at the time you submit your application
  • You have all of your general studies, pre-requisite courses, and electives either completed or in progress at the time you submit your application and you understand that dropping any of the courses for which you are currently enrolled will cause you to become ineligible
  • You have a grade of C or higher in:
         Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (BS113/013)
         Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (BS114/014)
         Chemistry (CH181/081/001)
         Microbiology (BS240 or BI200)
         Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan (PY220)
         Human Nutrition (FN235)
         Logical Systems/Statistics (MA155)
         Written Expressions (EN140)
  • Transfer students can find course equivalencies at Use your Southeast ID and password to create an account
  • TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY TO THE NURSING PROGRAM AND TO TAKE THE HESI EXAM, YOU MUST MEET WITH A PRE-NURSING ACADEMIC ADVISOR.  You can schedule an appointment by calling 573-651-2007 or stopping by Room 057 or Academic Hall.

(2)     Register for and take the pre-Admission exam  DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE HESI EXAM UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU ARE

  • For instructions on how to register for the HESI-A2 Pre-Admission Exam (Southeast Version) with Critical Thinking Skills Component, contact the pre-nursing advisors by calling 573-651-2007 or go to room 057 in Academic Hall.  Follow the instructions they give you very carefully.
  • Within 2 weeks of registration and payment for the HESI, you will be added to a Moodle page by the nursing department.   From the Moodle page you will be able to choose your preferred test date.  PLEASE NOTE:  Once you are added to the Pre-Nursing Moodle page, the information will be available on your own Moodle page where any other classes you are taking would be located.  Go to and login using your Southeast Key and password.  Moodle will open and you will see a "course" named Pre-Nursing.  Again, please allow up to 14 days AFTER you have registered with Elsevier and paid for your HESI exam to be able to access the Moodle page.

(3)      Complete and upload your nursing application to the Moodle site

  • You can download the nursing application by clicking the link at the top of this page entitled BSN Application Form.  Read through all instructions again carefully.  The application is a .pdf file that must be printed out, completed, verified using the checklist, then scanned and uploaded to the Moodle page.  DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THE NURSING OFFICE.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION - If you are a transfer student or a student with a previous associate's or bachelor's degree, please see Item #7

(4)      Selection process for provisional admission is based on the following criteria:

  • 60% weight is given to the composite score on the HESI-A2 exam
  • 25% weight is given to the student's overall college GPA
  • 15% weight is given to the critical thinking score on the HESI-A2 exam, which is not part of the composite score
  • It is important to note that full admission to the nursing program is contingent upon successful completion of all coursework in the pre-nursing curriculum, including courses currently in progress, with a grade of C or higher in the courses listed above in Item #1

(5)      Southeast Student ID, email, and mailing address

  • Your Southeast Student ID#, Southeast email address, and permanent/home mailing address must be included on the application
  • All electronic communication will be done via your Southeast email address.  Any written correspondence will be directed to your personal address
  • It is your responsibility to notify both the university and the Department of Nursing if any of your contact information changes, including your mailing address or phone number

(6)      Lapse in Attendance

  • Should there be a lapse in attendance at Southeast for a semester or longer, you must complete a returning student form found on the Admissions website at

(7)      Transfer students and students with a previous associate's or bachelor's degree

  • ALL transfer students and those with a previous degree MUST schedule an appointment with a pre-nursing academic advisor IMMEDIATELY following admission to the university.  Call 573-651-2007 or go to Academic Hall Room 057 to schedule your advising appointment.
  • You must include unofficial copies of all other college transcripts as well as a copy of your current course schedule if you are registered in classes elsewhere during the application process.  Transcripts should be scanned and uploaded to the Moodle page with your application to the nursing program.  Transfer and additional-degree applications without these documents will not be processed

(8)      Non-English-speaking Student Policy

  • Any student wishing to declare nursing as a major or apply to the nursing program whose native language is not English is required to take the TOEFL exam.  The TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old.  Minimum scores for admission are a cumulative score of 100 and not less than 20 on individual scores for speaking, writing, reading, and listening



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