2021-2022 University Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (Pre-Licensure), B.S.N.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing combines the “art and science” of nursing with a foundation in the liberal arts to prepare graduates who will assume the scope of practice expected of the professional nurse. The theoretical, laboratory, and clinical patient care experiences support learning and exposure to the profession. The Nursing pre-licensure program is designed for the non-nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who desires a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Preparing students for the future of nursing practice, the program requires students to participate in face-to-face course formats with extensive online resources. All laboratory, patient care, and face-to-face course work is only offered at the Parkville, MO campus. Acceptance to the program is competitive.

Initial approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and has been awarded for the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (pre-licensure) program at Park University. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Park University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Procedure to request admission to the BSN Pre-Licensure Major (all applicants)

The Department accepts two cohorts for the BSN major annually-fall and spring. Cohorts will be selected for the fall semester by the end of June and the spring semester in early December. To be considered for acceptance all requirements must be fully met.

  • If not a current Park University student, the applicant must apply for admission to Park University.
  • Applicants for the nursing program are accepted through NursingCAS. Deadlines will be published on the Park University website and/or NursingCAS. In order to be considered for the nursing program, all official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS, the application must be complete, and the fee charged by NursingCAS must be paid.
  • GPA of 3.0 in foundational science and math courses (CH 105 , BI 210 , BI 211 , BI 212 , BI 223 , NS 220 , MA 135 FW 175  and CH 204 ). BI 210 - The Human Body  may be waived if BI 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  is completed. Courses in progress during the semester of application will be evaluated upon completion of the course to confirm GPA.
  • ATI Admissions score must meet minimum admission requirements. Admission Test scores will be valid for one year from testing date. Students may repeat the test to improve their scores. Each attempt requires the student to pay the testing fee.
  • Will need to provide a short written essay for admission.
  • For students with an active LPN license, that license must be current and have no state board restrictions.

Prior learning credit for Practical Nurses

Since 1987 Park University has provided Licensed Practical Nurses with the opportunity to apply for credit linked to their Practical Nursing education. Practical Nurses may be eligible for Validated Learning Equivalency (VLE) credit (up to 6 credit hours) toward the BSN pre-licensure program requirements. To be eligible for VLE credit students must meet all of the following requirements.

  1. Submit evidence of current undisciplined/unrestricted license as an LPN upon application to Park University. New graduate Practical Nurses must complete the NLCEX-PN and have been issued a license. Any evidence of discipline against the LPN license will be reviewed by the department for approval prior to acceptance to the BSN major. Restrictions to practice by a Board of Nursing make the student ineligible for the BSN major.
  2. Submit official transcripts from PN School and all college level course work through NursingCAS.
  3. Students who choose to apply for VLE credit are reminded they will be held accountable for having a working knowledge of all content associated with the courses VLE credit may be awarded for the following course work:
  1. Complete the Procedure to request admission to the BSN major through NursingCAS and as stated above (apply to Park University if not already a student).

Cohort Selection Priorities

Each cohort is selected based on the admissions criteria. Priority is given to Admissions Test scores, GPA in the Math and Sciences and completion of all requirements. Incomplete submission (including, but not limited to, nonpayment to NursingCAS or not applying to Park University) of required information removes the candidate from consideration. It is the student’s obligation to assure all requirements are met.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

  • All NUR designated courses require a testing (unit exams, standardized exams, and final exams) average of 78% to pass the course.
  • All NUR designated courses require a 78% average in the clinical component of the course, if present, to pass the course.
  • Students who earn less than the minimum requirements in any nursing-designated course will fail that course.
  • Students who earn less than the minimum requirements in more than one class will be removed from the program.
  • A nursing GPA of 2.8 is required for graduation.
  • Pursuant to Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act (http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=335.066), completion of the Pre-licensure BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

All requirements (i.e., admission, within program and exit) are subject to change as per the Missouri State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



Math and Science Requirement 28-29 CR

Must obtain a 3.0 average GPA in all of these courses. Only one Chemistry course with lab is required. BI 210  can be waived if BI 211  is complete.

Ethics Requirement 3 CR

See the Liberal Education section below for courses that fulfill the Ethics requirement.

Nursing majors may take CS 300  or EDU 310  to fullfill both the Ethics requirement and the Writing Intensive (outside of the major) requirement.

Humanities Requirement 6 CR

See the Liberal Education section below for courses that fulfill Humanities.

Nursing majors may take EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 , or EN 234  to fulfill both a Humanities requirement and the Writing Intensive (outside of the major) requirement.

Social Science Requirements 6 CR

Total 43-44 cr

Note Regarding Admission and Graduation Requirements

The Liberal Education/Graduation requirements below must also be completed prior to Admission to the Nursing major:

  • LE 100  (freshman only)
  • Writing Seminar (EN 105  and EN 106 )
  • Communication
  • Citizenship
  • Writing Intensive course (outside the major)

The following requirements may be completed after admission to the Nursing major:

For more information about these requirements, see the Liberal Education and Graduation requirements sections below.


Total 60 cr.

Liberal Education Requirements 40 CR.

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN 105  and EN 106  

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA 120 MA 135 , or higher math course excluding MA 208  

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 101 BI 111 BI 211 BI 212 BI 223 BIO 221 BIO 225 BIO 325 BIO 327 BIO 330 BIO 337L  and BIO 337 BIO 350 BIO 378 BIO 400 BIO 410 BIO 411 BIO 417 CH 101 CH 105  CH 107L  and CH 107 CH 108L  and CH 108 CH 317L  and CH 317 CH 318L  and CH 318 CH 328 CH 329 CH 337L  and CH 337 CH 405 CH 440 GGP 115 GGP 205 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 GO 310 GO 320 GO 330 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206    

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

AC 435 CA 302 CS 300 EDU 310 MG 495 NS 306 PA 380 PH 102 PH 221 PH 224 PH 308 PS 220 SO 220  or SW 492   

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 103 CA 105 , or TH 105  

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO 200 PO 210 HIS 111 HIS 112 , or HIS 113  

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234  

And one of the following:

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234 CA 104  , CA 116 CA 235 , FR 201 ML 235 ,ML 251 PH 101 PC 202  ,PH 205 RE 109 SP 110 , SP 201 , SP 202 TH 100 TH 101 TH 201 TH 216   

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 214 CH 101 CH 102 CH 105 CH 107  and CH 107L CH 108  and CH 108L GGP 115 GGP 120 GGP 205 GO 125 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 NS 220 NS 241 PY 101 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206  

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN 100 CJ 100 CJ 200 EC 141 EC 142  , EDU 210 FI 201 ,  GGH 110 GGH 200 HIS 104 HIS 105 PO 216 PS 101 PS 125 PS 205 SO 141 SO 206 , or SW 205  

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE 300*  

Graduation Requirements

Student Seminar 3 CR.

LE 100 - First-Year Seminar   (required for all incoming first-time freshman and highly encouraged for transfer students)

Writing Across the Curriculum 9 cr.

3 credit hours of Professional Writing (EN 306*  or equivalent from the list below) plus 6 credit hours of Writing Intensive coursework are required.

EN 306A EN 306B EN 306C EN 307 EDU 300 CJ 450 HIS 452 HIS 454 HIS 455 MG 306 NS 306 PA 430 PO 405 PS 300 PS 406  or  SO 300  


6 credit hours to fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement must be chosen from among the courses designated in the catalog as “WI” (Writing Intensive ), composed as follows:

  • 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course outside the student’s major(s); that is, the course must be offered by a program other than the one(s) that house(s) the student’s major area of study at the time the course is taken.
  • 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course that is offered by the student’s major program; that is, the course must be offered by the same program that houses the student’s major at the time the course is taken.

AR 316 AR 498 BIO 498 CA 218 CA 318 CH 342 CJ 221 CS 300 EDU 310 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234 EN 490 FW 190 ,GGP 350 HIS 261 HIS 453 LE 410 MA 301 ML 251 MG 495 NUR 460 PA 432 PO 210 PS 315 SO 141 SP 320 SW 325  

Upper Division Requirements 36 cr.

36 hours of upper division (300-400 level) college nursing course work

Additional Requirements

Park University grants the Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with a cumulative 2.8 GPA.
  • Satisfaction of major requirements.
  • Completion of degree specific requirements.
  • Completion of Liberal Education requirements.
  • Completion of residency requirement, 30 hours of earned and graded (A, B, C) college hours at Park University. At least 15 of these 30 hours must be in the major.
  • Application to the BSN Program is required.
  • Submission of an Application for Graduation.