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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Lincoln University of Missouri Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

At Lincoln University School of Nursing our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will prepare you to function safely, efficiently and competently in the generalized nursing field. The BSN degree prepares students to value excellence, provide leadership and foster community within the field of nursing. However, graduation from the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure exam. The Lincoln University School of Nursing is led by dedicated and professional nursing experts that will provide you the skills necessary to succeed.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares individuals for professional nursing practice. The program emphasizes the roles of the nurse and the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2008).

The program offers on-campus classes as well as some online general education and nursing courses. It is designed for students who desire an initial entry into nursing at the baccalaureate degree level. The program was initiated due to reports from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) indicating that due to the complexity of health care, it is imperative that nurses be minimally educated at the bachelor's degree level in order to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

SPRING 2025 COHORT: Due Tuesday, September 24, 2024


The baccalaureate nursing program at Lincoln University of Missouri's School of Nursing located in Jefferson City, Missouri, is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
Lincoln University of Missouri's BSN Program holds full approval by:
Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
(573) 751-0681

BSN Admission Criteria

The Lincoln University School of Nursing has a selective admission procedure. Enrollment is limited to 30 students each semester (Spring/Fall). Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Admission to Lincoln University
  • Minimum ACT score of 19 within the last five years OR
  • HESI A2 with a minimum composite score of 70% in the following areas - basic math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar and A&P within five years of application. The HESI A2 may only be taken a maximum of twice two times per calendar year (Jan. - Dec.). Preparation with HESI A2 materials is highly recommended.
  • Minimum TOEFL of 600 if English is a second language
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 at time of application
  • A minimum of 48 credit hours that meet BSN degree requirements to enroll in Fundamentals (NUR 220), which must include:
  • English Composition
  • 16 hours of Life, Physical and/or Natural Science (including Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, Microbiology with Lab and Chemistry)
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Nursing Survey

Pre-requisite courses may be required for these courses.  If you are transferring credits to Lincoln, the course requirements may vary.

  • A grade of C or higher within two attempts in all required courses
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (5 hrs.) credits within the last 5 years (BIO208/209L)
  • Submit a nursing program application with a $25.00 non-refundable fee
  • Submit three letters of reference using nursing program forms. References will not be accepted from friends, family, etc. (One letter of reference must be from a work supervisor, if employeed within the last year.  If a graduate from an LPN program in the past 5 years, provide at least one reference from LPN instructor. Transfer students from other nursing programs must provide at least one letter from an instructor from previous program.)                 
  • Personal interview by invitation
  • Be in good academic and non-academic standing 
  • Submit a copy of all transcripts
Note: Registration in a course and then subsequently withdrawing (W) is considered an attempt. If the student has received a D, F, or W in prerequisite and/or required course on the second attempt, they must wait five years to apply to the nursing program. If extenuating circumstances have occurred, the student may petition the faculty in writing for an exception.

Applications and reference letters are due the last Tuesday in September for spring admission and the first Tuesday in March for fall admission.

Upcoming LU BSN application deadlines
Fall 2024: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Spring 2025: Tuesday, September 24, 2024

The student is responsible for contacting the School of Nursing office (573) 681-5421 to make sure their application and references have been received and are complete by the deadline. The student is responsible for providing and maintaining a current address and contact number to the School of Nursing. Lincoln University will be the only email address that will be utilized.

BSN Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the BSN graduate will be able to achieve the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Professional Practice (AACN, 2008) and the following program outcomes which will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the roles of provider of care, manager/designer/coordinator of care and member of a profession.

  1. Employ concepts from the arts and sciences to form the basis for clinical reasoning. (Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice)
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care, health care team coordination and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. (Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety)
  3. Integrate evidence based practice (EBP) in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care. (Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice)
  4. Demonstrate skills in using client/patient care and information technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that influence healthcare trends. (Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments)
  6. Apply effective communication techniques, including negotiation, collaboration and conflict resolution to produce positive professional relationships. (Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes)
  7. Use clinical prevention and population focused nursing to improve health. (Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health)
  8. Demonstrate core nursing values to achieve optimal health outcomes by applying the professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct. (Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values)
  9. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for practice as a member and leader of the interprofessional health care team. (Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice) 
















First Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
University Seminar GE 101 1
Principles of Biology w/lab BIO 103/104L 4
Composition and Rhetoric I ENG 101 3
Elementary Statistics MAT 117 3-5
Introduction to Sociology S/A 201 3
Total Hours 14-16 Hours
Second Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
General Psychology PSY 101 3
Composition and Rhetoric II ENG 102 3
Anatomy & Physiology BIO 208/209L 5
Fundamentals of Speech SPT 206 3
Humanities and Fine Arts    3
Total Hours 17 Hours
Third Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Pre-Nursing Survey NUR 100 3
Microbiology w/Lab BIO 301/301L 4
Developmental Psychology PSY 308 3
Humanities and Fine Arts   3
Living with Chemistry CHM 103 3
Total Hours 16 Hours
Fourth Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Pharmacology in Nursing NUR 200 3
Nursing Fundamentals/Skills NUR 225 9
Principles of Nutrition NUR 235 3
Total Hours 15 Hours

Fifth Semester
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Psychosocial Nursing NUR 305
Essentials of Health Assessment NUR 322/322L 3
Medical-Surgical Nursing I NUR 340 5
Civics HIS 205, 206, PSC 201 3
Total Hours 14 Hours
Sixth Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Gerontological Nursing NUR 300 2
Intro to Nursing Research NUR 360 3
Nursing of Women & Children NUR 365 6
Humanities and Fine Arts   3
Total Hours 14 Hours
Seventh Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Medical-Surgical Nursing II NUR 400 6
Leadership/Management in Nursing NUR 420 3
Legal & Ethical Issues in Prof. Nursing NUR 460 3
Electives   2-4
Total Hours 14-16 Hours
Eighth Semester 
Title Abbreviation Credit Hour
Medical-Surgical Nursing III NUR 435 6
Community Health Nursing NUR 475 5
International Cultural Diversity   3
Total Hours 14 Hours


General Education, Support & Elective Credits 63 Hours
Total Nursing Credits 57 Hours
Total Program Credits 120 Hours

This is a suggested pathway. The NUR courses in the last 5 semesters are set. A minimum of 48 credit hours that meet BSN degree requirements are required to enroll in NUR 220; these must include: English Composition, Statistics, Psychology, Pre-Nursing Survey and 16 hours of Life, Physical and/or Natural Science (including Anatomy & Physiology with lab, Microbiology with lab and Chemistry). A grade of C or higher within 2 attempts is required for these courses. Pre-requisite courses may be required. If you are transferring credits to Lincoln, the course requirements may vary. Please refer to School of Nursing Handbook for course descriptions.

Q: When will I find out if I was accepted into the program after applying?

A: After you have applied to the nursing program, you may be invited to an interview with the faculty. After all interviews are completed, faculty will then determine who is accepted into the program. Students will receive a letter in the mail letting them know of their acceptance into the program.

Q: Can I take more nursing courses at a time to get through the program faster than 5 semesters?

A: No, nursing courses must be taken in the sequence listed in the brochure.

Q: Can I apply to the program while still finishing up some of the pre-requisite courses for the program?

A: Yes, you can apply while you are finishing up your pre-requisite courses for the program. On your application be sure to indicate which courses are currently in progress.

Q: If I don't get in the first time applying, can I apply again the next semester?

A: Absolutely! If you are not accepted into the nursing program on your first attempt, we would encourage you to meet with a nursing advisor to come up with a plan to help you with successful admission into the program.

Q: If I don't get in and apply again the next semester, can I use the same references?

A: Yes, you can use the same references. However, each reference will need to submit a new reference form.

Q: How close to applying do my references have to be dated? (Can references be submitted prior to the semester applying?)

A: References should be completed during the semester you are applying for the program.

Q: Can I apply with a lower ACT than 19 and if so, how low can it be?

A: You are welcome to apply to the program with an ACT lower than 19. Please note students will be given preference into the program when they have the minimum ACT score.

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: Lincoln's School of Nursing does not have a waiting list for the nursing program. There used to be a waiting list for the associate degree program, however the bachelor's degree program takes the top 30 students who apply each semester.

Information sessions are held in person and virtually via Zoom. To register, please call (573) 681-5421 or email



August (In Person) Monday, 8/26/24 2:00 pm
September (Virtual) Tuesday, 9/10/24 1:00 pm
September (In Person) Thursday, 9/19/24 1:00 pm
October (In Person) Monday, 10/7/24 2:00 pm
October (Virtual) Tuesday, 10/15/24 9:00 am
November (In Person) Tuesday, 11/12/24 1:00 pm
December (In Person) Tuesday, 12/03/24 1:00 pm
January (In Person) Thursday, 1/23/25 10:30 am
February (Virtual) Wednesday, 02/05/25 2:00 pm
February (In Person) Tuesday, 2/25/25 2:00 pm
March (In Person) Tuesday, 3/4/25 1:00 pm
April (In Person) Thursday, 4/24/25 1:00 pm
May (In Person) Wednesday, 5/7/25 2:00 pm