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Department of Nursing

University of Central Missouri
University Health Center 106
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4775

Nursing Admission Policy


Students entering Central Missouri as freshmen or by transfer should indicate a pre-nursing major.  Admission to the nursing program is conditional upon completion of a minimum of sixty semester hours, completion of all prerequisites necessary for admission to the first semester in the nursing program and the requirements for admission listed below.  Admission to the nursing program involves competition between all eligible candidates. Each candidate is evaluated by a process established in accordance with guidelines of APC. The Department of Nursing reserves the right to select among all qualified candidates. Criteria and additional considerations can be waived or adjusted at the discretion of the APC. Students are admitted in March for fall semester nursing classes and in October for spring.

Admission Policy

  1. Evidence of good moral character as determined by the Missouri State Board of Nursing in the Nurse Practice Act (1999) and by the American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics for Nurses (2008).
  2. All nursing prerequisites must be completed at the time of admission.  Computer literacy is required to be admitted to the nursing program.
  3. A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average is required at the time of application.
  4. Minimum grade of C in all nursing prerequisites and nursing courses.  A student receiving a grade lower than C in any nursing prerequisite may repeat that course only one time.
  5. A student receiving more than one D or F in a course or courses with a nursing prefix will not be eligible for admission into the program. If the course was taken at UCM, it must be repeated at UCM.
  6. Students will not be permitted to withdraw more than one time from a nursing prerequisite course or a nursing course without permission of the Department of Nursing.
  7. Science prerequisites, as identified in NURSING Functional Major, B.S. Degree, must be evaluated if taken over 10 years prior to requested admission.
  8. Completion of the GEA (General Education Assessment) exam with a minimum total score of 425 and the Compass (minimum score 81) to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Information about the GEA and the Compass may be obtained from the Office of Assessment and Testing (Humphreys 216). It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their test results are on file in the Department of Nursing.
  9. The nursing application and instructions are online at and a $45 application fee applies. January 1 is the deadline for fall admission to the nursing program and July 1 is the deadline for spring admission to the nursing program. Your application must be complete and verified through NursingCAS.
  10. Academic history with patterns and trends indicating potential for academic success (e.g., successful completion of a full-time semester).
  11. Official Transcripts—it is the student’s responsibility to request ALL official transcripts from other universities and colleges be submitted to the Admissions Department of the University to be posted as part of the student's official transcript by 5 p.m., December 31 for Fall admission and June 30 for Spring admission.
  12. Speech and Hearing Exam will be obtained from the Department of Communication Disorders, Martin Building, Room 34.  Contact the Department of Communication Disorders at 543-4993 to schedule your appointment. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their test results are on file in the Department of Nursing.
  13. English as second language students (any student whose primary and secondary education was in a country where the native and official language was not English excluding native American citizens who attended American high schools in another country) must successfully complete the university requirements: TOEFL - A minimum score of 500 (paper based) OR 61 (internet based). Any student not obtaining these scores can receive assistance in the Department of English through the English Language Institute. 

Additional considerations given to the following:

  • The functional abilities required to be successful in the nursing program, with reasonable accommodation.
  • Eligibility for licensure. Completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take licensure examination.  Refer to the Nurse Practice Act in the state in which you anticipate licensure. In Missouri refer to Sections 335.046 and 335.066 (
  • Number of credit hours taken at the University of Central Missouri.
    Students will be categorized in two classifications for consideration for admission to the nursing program:

a. Students who have taken all nursing prerequisite courses at Central; and
b. Students who have transferred credit for one or more nursing prerequisite course(s) from another institution.

Nursing prerequisite courses are Chem 1104, Biol 3401, Biol 3402, Biol 3611, Psy 1100, Soc 1800, D&N 3340, and Nur 1700.  Grade point averages are a determining factor in selection.

Direct Admission Policy:

The following is criteria for direct admission:

  1. Admitted to Central as freshmen with ACT 24 or higher and a high school CGPA of 3.0.
  2. Declared nursing as major.
  3. Maintains a 3.5 GPA at Central at end of sophomore year.
  4. Must complete all prerequisites successfully on their first attempt.
  5. Meet criteria published in the Central undergraduate catalog and Department of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook as of the date of formal application.
  • Direct admission is limited to 40 students per semester. If more than 40 students qualify for direct admission when the committee is reviewing applicants, they will look at cumulative college grade point average.
  • Students who are directly admitted have the same period of time to complete their degree program as other Central students.
  • Direct Admission nursing students complete the nursing application by the set deadlines like all other nursing students. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their test results are on file in the Department of Nursing. Your application must be complete and verified through NursingCAS.
  • A Direct Admission nursing student may lose his/her guaranteed place in the nursing program if he/she falls below the specified standards.