Accelerated BSN Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring semester the year you apply:

  • N120 Anatomy & Physiology I (4) & N160 Anatomy & Physiology II (4) or Equivalent course(s) (Anatomy and Physiology separately is ok, courses must total 8 credits to be accepted)
  • CHEM 115 (4) & CHEM 115L (1) or Equivalent Chemistry w/lab course
  • BIOL 112 Microbiology (3) or equivalent Microbiology course (no lab required)
  • CHEM 206 Human Nutrition (3) or equivalent Nutrition course
  • N252 Human Growth and Development (3) or equivalent Human Lifespan Development course

Additional Requirements: Admission to Pre-Nursing (nursing undeclared) does not ensure admission to the Clinical Major.

  • Chemistry w/lab, Anatomy and Physiology w/lab and Microbiology must not be more than five years old.
  • CUM GPA 2.75 or higher (3.5 or higher is recommended) comprised of all UMKC and transferred coursework
  • UM System GPA of 2.75 or higher (if applicable) comprised of all UM System courses (UMKC, MU, UMSL, MO, S&T)
  • A minimum grade of B- is required for each prerequisite course.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement Essays: Prompts will become available when the application is open between November 1-January 31
  • Exploring the Nursing Profession Documentation

    Please use the following form to document and upload:

    • Minimum 30 hours required of direct human patient interaction experiences completed in a healthcare setting.
    • Hours must have been completed in the two years prior to the BSN application submission.
    • Documentation can include paid work, volunteer, and/or educational training experiences.
    • Examples: volunteer experiences in a skilled nursing or hospice facility, clinical hours completed for CNA/LPN/Paramedic certification, or a hospital volunteer program, etc.
    • Shadowing experiences with a nurse that provides direct patient care are accepted.
    • The following are NOT accepted: veterinary care, pharmacy technician experience, or hospital transporter as an example, as these do not include direct patient interaction.

Apply generally to UMKC first under Health Sciences-Accelerated. The clinical supplemental is completed after the general application between November and January each year (you have until May to complete the pre-reqs).

If you plan on taking any pre-reqs at another college, visit the course equivalency page, or check with a BSN advisor to be sure your courses will transfer. If you will be taking classes at a school other than UMKC, you will need to have official transcripts sent to the UMKC Admissions Office as soon as grades are posted.

Who makes a strong candidate:  The committee looks at the Pre-Req GPA (3.5 or higher is recommended, 2.75 is required) and cumulative GPA (2.75 required, but 3.5 or higher is recommended-this is all courses ever taken, including repeated courses), UM System GPA (if applicable) must also be a minimum 2.75. The GPA for consideration will be an average of the pre-requisite and cumulative GPA. In addition, a personal essay, as well as 30 hours of Direct Patient Interaction Documentation from the past two years (such as CNA, hospice volunteering, or nursing home volunteering) is required.

Sample Plan of Study

BSN Accelerated Sample Plan of Study

Our unique clinical experience offers:

  • The opportunity for extensive clinical experience in adult medical-surgical, pediatric, obstetric, mental health, community health, leadership, and critical/emergency care nursing.
  • A 300 hour final semester capstone/internship experience in one of the aforementioned specialty areas.
  • Interactions with diverse patients in urban and suburban settings within agencies and hospitals that are privately-owned, publicly-owned, and teaching institutions.
  • Optional weekend clinical experiences based on individual student preference.

Highlights of completing your Accelerated BSN with the UMKC community of learners:

  • All Kansas residents receive in-state tuition through UMKC’s Kansas Rate.
  • Residents of 15 regional Midwestern states receive discounted tuition through UMKC’s Heartland Rate.
  • Be part of a community that values respect, inclusion and diversity, integrity, excellence, innovation, and health.  Read more about the SoNHS Statement of Values and the UMKC Statement of Values.
  • Attend one of only 18 universities in the country located within a dedicated Health Sciences District where Nursing and Health Studies, Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy share a single, walkable campus, fostering exceptional interprofessional student learning opportunities.
  • Get involved in student life activities centered around your personal interests.

                 Pursuant to Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act (, completion of the
    BSN PL or BSN AT programs do not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.