Care for others: You’ll do that here.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prepares you for a job in the medical field. You’ll work with experienced professionals in small class settings. In addition, you’ll gain real world experience through clinical opportunities. 

What You’ll Do  

As a nursing major at Southeast, you’ll gain incredible real-world learning experience in a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • Experience clinical practice in every specialty area in nursing, working with faculty and clinical agency staff. 
  • Learn from experienced faculty with a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. 70% of our faculty possess doctoral degrees. 
  • Experience hands-on learning in medical centers, primary care centers, schools, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities. 
  • Complete eight weeks of targeted NCLEX preparation during your final semester.

What Can You Do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Southeast Health
  • St. Francis Medical Center
  • Missouri Delta Medical Center
  • Perry County Hospital
  • Ste. Genevieve Hospital
  • Carbondale Memorial Hospital, Illinois
  • Barnes Hospital, St. Louis
  • Children’s Hospital, St. Louis
  • SSM System, St. Louis
  • Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis
  • St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Louis
  • Research Medical Center, Kansas City

Graduate School and Program Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • St. Louis University
  • UMSL
  • University of Missouri-Columbia

Nursing BSN Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Outcomes & Careers 

  • $86k

    Nursing Instructor

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics the mean annual salary for nurse instructors is $86,530.

  • 93%

    BSN NCLEX-RN first time pass rate

    In 2021-2022 Southeast Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates had a 93% first time pass rate for the NCLEX exam.

  • $86k

    Registered Nurse

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a registered nurse is $86,070. 

What You'll Study

Degree Map

As a nursing major, you’ll will be ready to pass the national examination and apply for licensure after graduation. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours (121.5 hours required for the BSN) to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required to graduate with a BSN degree.

(A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all courses within the major.)

Required Courses:

  • NC371 Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical (3)
  • NC372 Nursing Assessment Clinical (1)
  • NC387 Adult Health I Clinical (2)
  • NC388 Maternal-Newborn Nursing Clinical (1)
  • NC389 Mental Health Nursing Clinical (1)
  • NC487 Adult Health II Clinical (2)
  • NC488 Pediatric Nursing Clinical (1)
  • NC489 Nursing of the Elderly Clinical (1)
  • NC491 Transitions in Nursing Clinical (2)
  • NC492 Community Health Nursing Clinical (2)
  • NC497 Introduction to Critical Care Nursing Clinical (0.5)
  • NC498 Nursing Practicum Clinical (3)
  • NS271 Introduction to Nursing Concepts (3)
  • NS371 Fundamentals of Nursing (3)
  • NS372 Nursing Assessment (2)
  • NS373 Pharmacology (3)
  • NS374 Pathophysiology (3)
  • NS381 Nursing Research (2)
  • NS387 Adult Health I (3)
  • NS388 Maternal-Newborn Nursing (3)
  • NS389 Mental Health Nursing (3)
  • NS487 Adult Health II (2)
  • NS488 Pediatric Nursing (3)
  • NS489 Nursing of the Elderly (3)
  • NS491 Transitions in Nursing (3)
  • NS492 Community Health Nursing (3)
  • NS497 Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (1.5)
  • NS498 Nursing Practicum (1)
  • NS499 NCLEX Prep (2)

Required Support Courses:
(Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.)

  • BS113 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • BS240 Microorganisms and the Human Hosts (4)
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)
  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • UI412 American Health Care System (3)
"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Applicants must:

  • Have at least 59 credit hours completed.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA.
  • Have a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses.
  • Have completed at least three of the four required science courses (Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Psychological Development Across the Lifespan, Statistical Reasoning, Written Communication), and be enrolled in the last, at the time of application.
  • Complete Southeast’s custom HESI A-2 Admission Exam and submit scores.
  • Have completed ALL pre-requisite courses prior to beginning nursing course sequence.
  • See BSN Student Handbook for detailed information, or contact the Department of Nursing.

Special Requirements with BSN

  • Special program fees are required for this program of study
  • Non-English-speaking Student Policy

    ALL international students are required to demonstrate evidence of English-language proficiency.  English proficiency scores used for admission into the University can be used or scores within two years of the admission application.  The following tests administered in a professional test center are acceptable:    

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language  (TOEFL iBT) with a  passing score of 540 on the paper examination or a passing score of 83 and Speaking Score of 26 for the internet-based examination. MyBest™ scores are not accepted, OR 
    • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a passing score of 725 in the Listening and Reading modules; OR
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) with an overall passing score in the academic module of 6.5 and the Speaking score of 7
    • Applicants are English Exempt if they were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States (Puerto Rico)

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. 


For Fall Admission - February 15 

For Spring Admission - September 15 

You must read all instructions and meet all criteria before completing an application.  

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 - 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 eligible to apply to the nursing program.  

  • 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 Pre-Nursing Canvas page by the nursing department.   From the Pre-Nursing Canvas page you will be able to choose your preferred test date to register for an allotted testing date.  PLEASE NOTE:  Once you are added to the Pre-Nursing Canvas page, the Pre-Nursing Course will be available in your Canvas Desktop.  Please allow up to 14 days AFTER you have registered with Elsevier and paid for your HESI exam to be able to access the Pre-Nursing Canvas page.

3.  Complete and upload your nursing application to the Canvas 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 fillable PDF file that must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Nursing Application DropBox in the Pre-Nursing Canvas 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 iBT exam.  The TOEFL iBT 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. 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • BS113/013 (4) 
  • MA155 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)
  • BS114/014 (4)
  • CH181/081/001 (5) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • BS240/040 (4)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (14 Hours) 
  • FN235 (3) 
  • NS271 (3)
  • PY220 (3)
  • UI412 (3)
  • Elective (2)

Milestone: Minimum GPA of 2.8, completion of all 59 hours in the first two years. Application & admission required in second semester of year two.

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • NC371 (3)
  • NS371 (3)
  • NC372 (1)
  • NS372 (2)
  • NS373 (3)
  • NS374 (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • NS381 (2)
  • NC387 (2)
  • NS387 (3)
  • NC388 (1)
  • NS388 (3)
  • NC389 (1)
  • NS389 (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • NC487 (2)
  • NS487 (3)
  • NC488 (1)
  • NS488 (3)
  • NC489 (1)
  • NS489 (3)
  • NC497 (.5)
  • NS497 (1.5)
Spring Semester (16 Hours) 
  • NC491 (2)
  • NS491 (3)
  • NC492 (2)
  • NS492 (3)
  • NC498 (3)
  • NS498 (1)
  • NS499 (2)


A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.


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