Caring To Make a Difference
By pursuing a major in nursing at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be prepared to care for diverse individuals, families, populations, and communities across the lifespan in health and illness. Unique to UCM, you will have opportunities to experience both rural and urban nursing practice during your educational experience. This diversity of experiences, plus quality instruction, will allow you flexibility in choosing your desired area of practice.
Challenge and Opportunity
There is a critical demand for BSN nurse leaders of intellect, skill, and compassion. Nursing is a career with tremendous opportunities across diverse settings, with above average earnings and flexible schedules for those who dare to answer the challenge of caring for others and growing in return.
Nurses are in critical demand and UCM's School of Nursing graduates have achieved a 100 percent employment placement rate. There is a critical demand for nurses. Career opportunities are expected to grow by 21 percent in the next 10 years. Earnings are above average when compared to other professions. Flexible schedules are worldwide. Thus a nursing career is financially and psychologically rewarding.
Opportunities are varied. Pick your desired career in nursing, whether its pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, women's health, critical care, population health, neonatal, surgery, travel nurse, etc. Nursing provides options to develop expertise and advancement.
Each day brings diverse opportunities to use intellect, skill, and compassion.
Admission to the nursing program is conditional upon completion of all nursing prerequisite courses and meeting all admission requirements. Admission to the nursing program involves competition between all eligible candidates. Each candidate is evaluated by a process established in accordance with the guidelines of the Admission and Progression Committee (APC). The School of Nursing reserves the right to select among all qualified candidates. Criteria and additional considerations can be waived or adjusted at the discretion of the APC. Students are admitted in March for fall semester of the nursing program and in October for spring semester.
Evidence of good moral character as determined by the Missouri State Board of Nursing in the Nurse Practice Act (February 2010) and by the American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics for Nurses (2008).
- All nursing prerequisites must be completed at the time of admission. Computer literacy is required to be admitted to the nursing program.
- A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average is required at the time of application.
- Minimum grade of C in all nursing prerequisites and nursing courses. A student receiving a grade lower than C in any nursing prerequisite may repeat that course only one time.
- A student receiving more than one D or F in a course or courses with a nursing prefix will not be eligible for admission into the program. If the course was taken at UCM, it must be repeated at UCM.
- Students will not be permitted to withdraw more than one time from a nursing prerequisite course or a nursing course without permission of the School of Nursing.
- Science prerequisites, as identified in NURSING Functional Major, B.S. Degree, must be evaluated if taken over 10 years prior to requested admission.
- Completion of theGEA(General Education Assessment)exam with a minimum total score of 425 and the designated nursing admission examination to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Information about the GEA and the designated nursing admission examination may be obtained from the Office of Testing Services (Humphreys 216). It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the test results are on file in the School of Nursing.
- The nursing application and instructions are online and a $30 application fee applies. January 1 is the deadline for fall admission to the nursing program and July 1 is the deadline for spring admission.
- Academic history with patterns and trends indicating potential for academic success (e.g., successful completion of a full-time semester).
- It is the student’s responsibility to request ALL official transcripts from other universities and colleges be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions to be posted as part of the student's official transcript by December 31 for fall admission and June 30 for spring admission.
- Speech and Hearing Exam will be obtained from the School of Human Services, Martin Building, Room 34. Contact the School of Human Services by phone at 660-543-4993 to schedule your appointment. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the test results are on file in the School of Nursing.
Additional considerations given to the following:
- The functional abilities required to be successful in the nursing program, with reasonable accommodation.
- Eligibility for licensure. Completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take licensure examination. Refer to the Nurse Practice Act in the state in which you anticipate licensure. In Missouri refer to Sections 335.046 and 335.066 (http:.//pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf).
- Pursuant to 8 U.S.C.A. §1621, the Board of Nursing is prohibited from granting professional licensure to a non-eligible, non-citizen of the United States. An individual who is a qualified alien, a nonimmigrant or an alien paroled into the US as documented by the US may be eligible for licensure. However, individuals who may have permission from the US to be here for a specific duration or purpose may not be eligible for professional licensure pursuant to federal law. (http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/CITIZENSHIP-LAWFUL-PRESENCE.pdf)
- Number of credit hours taken at the University of Central Missouri.
Students will be categorized in two classifications for consideration for admission to the nursing program:
* students who have taken all nursing prerequisite courses at Central; and
* students who have transferred credit for one or more nursing prerequisite course(s) from another institution.
Nursing prerequisite courses are CHEM 1104, BIOL 3401, BIOL 3402, BIOL 3610, PSY 1100, SOC 1800, D&N 3340, NUR 1700, NUR 2710, and NUR 3200. Grade point averages are a determining factor in selection.
Direct Admission Policy
The following are criteria for direct admission:
- Admitted to UCM as freshmen with ACT 24 or higher and a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
- Declared nursing as major.
- Maintains a 3.50 cumulative grade point average at UCM at end of sophomore year.
- Achieves a “mastery level score” (based on percentile) on the designated nursing admission examination.
- Meets criteria published in the UCM undergraduate catalog and School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook as of the date of formal application.
- Direct admission is limited to 40 students per semester based on admission date to UCM.
- Students who are directly admitted have the same period of time to complete their degree program as other UCM students.
- Direct admission nursing students complete the nursing application by the set deadlines like all other nursing students.
- A direct admission nursing student may lose his/her place in the nursing program if he/she falls below the specified standards.
- Students must complete all nursing prerequisites successfully on their first attempt.