- Bachelor's degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Admission to Central Missouri’s graduate school (see current Graduate Catalog for details).
- When requested to do so by the Nursing Department, completion and submission of the Admission to Graduate Nursing Program application.
- A minimum of one year of post baccalaureate nursing experience. Students for whom an exception is made will be advised to take core courses the first year of study and to work to meet the experience requirement.
- Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Licensed as a registered nurse in good standing, in Missouri or eligible for licensure prior to clinical coursework. Once your application is submitted, the department will look on the Missouri State Board of Nursing's web site for your RN License.
- Completion of a health assessment course or the equivalent is required for students choosing the Nurse Practitioner emphasis area.
- When requested to do so by the Nursing Department, completion and submission of a Criminal Background Check.
- When requested to do so by the Nursing Department, completion and submission of the Required Immunization Documentation.
- Computer or computer access with hardware compatible with Central Missouri’s program software. Basic computer skills are required prior to matriculation.
Consideration of Application
Completed applications to the nurse educator concentration will be considered by the Department of Nursing on a space available basis throughout the year. Students applying for the nurse educator concentration may take graduate courses in nursing prior to official admission to the graduate nursing program.
Admission to the family nurse practitioner concentrations is competitive based on one’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average from the last earned undergraduate degree. The graduate student acceptance form must be received by the Department of Nursing by September 15 for consideration for admission to the family nurse practitioner
concentration for spring semester and by February 15 for consideration for admission to the family nurse practitioner concentration for summer or fall semester.
Alumni of UCMO’s nursing program will receive a preference in admission consideration. Students applying for the family nurse practitioner concentration may not take graduate classes in nursing prior to official admission to the graduate nursing program.
Notification of Status
Admission to the Department of Nursing may be approved, deferred, or rejected. If admission is approved, the applicant will receive an email and additional acceptance forms that must be submitted to complete the admission to the graduate nursing program. Applicants whose admission is deferred or rejected will be notified by email.
Additional Admissions Requirements for International Applicants
International students provide a unique cultural and personal addition to Central Missouri. They are encouraged to apply early in the academic year prior to the year they wish to attend Central Missouri to ensure time to complete the following additional requirements:
- Evidence of adequate financial support for the duration of the program.
- A minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the primary language.
- A passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
The CGFNS examination is a prerequisite for taking the Registered Nurse Licensing examination in the state of Missouri and for obtaining a nonimmigrant occupational preference visa (H-1A) from the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. CGFNS offers a two-part certification program that includes a credentials review followed by a test of nursing and English language skills. The CGFNS examination is given in March, August, and November. Application materials may be requested from CGFNS, Attn: CP, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19014-2651 (Phone 215/349-8767). The registration deadline for these exams is approximately four months prior to their administration. Early application is therefore essential. For further information contact the Department of Nursing.