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Nursing Department: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What are the admission requirements for the BSN program?

  • Currently licensed as a registered nurse or eligibility for licensure as an RN in the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri or South Carolina within the first three months of starting the program.
  • Transcripts from nursing school and all colleges from which academic credit has been granted
  • GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in previous scholastic work
  • Completion of BSN application and application fee
  • Resume submission 
  • Personal Interview with a Nursing Program Faculty Member

What are your policies for transfer credit in the BSN program?

  • Webster offers transfer credit for students who have an associate degree in nursing
  • Up to 98 credit hours could be accepted as transfer credits
  • Diploma nurses will receive 32 credits for their nursing coursework
  • Webster has a 30 hour residency requirement, meaning at least 30 hours of your BSN coursework must be completed at Webster University 

When can I start the BSN program?

  • The RN to BSN program at the St. Louis Home campus and Online courses start annually in August (Fall I). The SSM Corporate cohorts have an annual start of January (Spring I) and the BJC Corporate cohorts have an annual start in March (Spring II).
  • The deadline for application is July 1 for an August entry and November 1 for a January entry and February 1 for a March entry term.

Are there any prerequisites for admission to the BSN program?

  • English
  • General Psychology 
  • General Sociology 
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Statistics
  • A humanities course 
  • A language study or arts appreciation course

Is there a clinical/practicum requirement for the BSN program?

Yes, clinical hours are integrated in the Leadership and Community Health courses. About 30 hours outside of class will be required. Nursing faculty will work with you to set up your clinical experience.


What is a Dual Admission Program (DAP)?

Webster's Dual Admission Programs (DAP) make it possible for nursing students to be jointly admitted and enrolled at both Webster University and an instituion with which Webster has a dual admission agreement: Lewis & Clark Community College or St. Louis Community College. It provides students with opportunities to seamlessly complete a BSN at Webster and to have access to resources at both institutions. For more detailed information, visit the Dual Admission page for the Office of Admissions.

How do I apply for a Dual Admission Program?

To apply to Webster University visit To participate in a dual admission program, follow the link below to your current institution:

Lewis and Clark Community College »

St. Louis Community College »

You can also contact for more information.

What is the Intent to Participate form?

This is a contract that students who wish to participate in a DAP must complete and submit. This document will be kept in your student file on both campuses at which you are enrolled. The Intent to Participate form also serves as a Release of Information that authorizes Webster and your partner institution to share appropriate admissions, financial, academic and advising information concerning your enrollment and performance.

Lewis and Clark Community College Intent to Participate Form »

St. Louis Community College Intent to Participate Form »

What student services will be available?

DAP students will have access to all student services including computer labs, library, health and wellness, dining, and career/employment services at their partner institution. DAP students will have on-campus access to Webster computer labs, dining services, library, and open attendance student activities.   

How will I pay tuition in the Dual Admission Program?

Tuition and fees are based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition and fees will be assessed for community college courses, and Webster University tuition and fees are assessed for Webster courses. 


What are the admission requirements for the MSN program?

Admission to the MSN program is based on intellectual capacity, academic record, professional performance, clarity of goals, initiative, and other qualities appropriate to graduate study in nursing. These qualities are difficult to measure in absolute terms, and the decision to offer admission is based on appraisal of the total application record.

The requirements for admission to the MSN program are as follows:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN)
  • Currently licensed as a registered nurse in the United States and specifically in the state of Missouri
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing
  • Completion of the MSN program application along with the application fee and official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and schools of nursing
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations
  • A curriculum vitae describing scope, responsibility, and function of all work experience
  • A brief essay (500 words or less) clearly describing the applicant's educational and professional objectives for graduate study
  • A personal interview with MSN faculty

Special consideration may be given to graduates of BSN programs without specialty accreditation, to students with extraordinary professional accomplishments, or to students whose academic records show marked improvement in the later years of college or professional studies. 

Are there practicum requirements for the MSN program?

Yes, practicum hours are required in addition to coursework. A faculty member will help you coordinate this.

What are your policies for transfer credit in the MSN program?

Webster University will accept a maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit into the MSN program. Your faculty advisor can speak to you more specifically about your transfer credit.