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Nursing Department: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What are the admission requirements for the BSN program?

  • Provide proof of current unencumbered U.S. registered nurse license or be eligible for licensure as an RN and have a schedule NCLEX exam within three months of beginning the program. Progression through the program is contingent on maintenance of unencumbered nursing licensure. 
  • Provide transcripts from nursing school and all colleges from which academic credit has been granted.
  • Demonstrate a GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in previous scholastic work.
  • Complete the Webster University undergraduate application and submit the application fee.
  • Submit a resume.  
  • Complete an advising interview with a faculty advisor. 
  • Successfully and satisfactorily complete a drug screen and criminal background check, plus submit other required documents including, but not limited to, a health history; a vaccination/immunization profile (influenza, HepB, TDap/Td, MMR, and varicella); annual TB test/screen; evidence of American Heart Association CPR or ACLS certification; a copy of current personal health insurance card; and a signed student contract. 

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

  • Webster offers transfer credit for prior nursing and university/college coursework
  • Up to 98 credit hours may be accepted as transfer credit
  • Webster has a 30 hour residency requirement, meaning at least 30 hours of your coursework must be completed at Webster University 

When can I start the BSN program?

  • The RN to BSN online cohort and St. Anthony's Medical Center corporate cohorts start annually in August (Fall I). The SSM and BJC corporate cohorts have an annual start of January (Spring I).
  • The deadline for application is July 1 for an August entry and November 1 for a January entry.

Other course requirements include:

  • English
  • General Psychology 
  • General Sociology 
  • Natural and physical sciences (such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology)
  • Statistics or a college algebra or higher level mathematics course
  • A humanities course 
  • A language study or arts appreciation course

Most students transfer in many of these course requirements. 

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

Yes, practice experience hours are completed through out the program.   Types of practice experiences to expect include interviews, health/physical assessment, policy and guideline reviews, observations, and more. 


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 resume 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 an MSN faculty advisor

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 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. Faculty advisors can speak more specifically about transfer credit.