Thank you for your interest in the Stephens College Nursing program. Nursing is a rewarding career for those with the commitment to serve, and Stephens offers a program focused on preparation and opportunity. Our program is competitive and contingent on academic qualifications and space availability. We believe in looking at the “whole you,” but we do have some general guidelines for admission to the program, which you can find below. 

Students completing high school, high school graduates, and students with prior college experience are invited to apply. Primary consideration is given to high school (secondary school) academic record, college entrance test scores, application essay, and experience in health care. Students are accepted for fall enrollment. Please note that admission to the program does not guarantee NCLEX-RN licensure eligibility. Licensing is determined by state boards of nursing.


Nursing Admissions Guidelines

Stephens College believes in a holistic review process for future nursing students. That means we consider a broad range of factors in making application decisions. However, we do have some general guidelines for admissions based on who makes a successful nursing student. Please see below and contact Dr. Noreen Houck, our founding director of nursing, at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Candidates for the Stephens College Nursing program must meet the college general admission requirements as well as the following requirements or recommendations:


Current U.S. High School Students 

  1. We strongly recommend three units of high school science including biology and chemistry. 
  2. We strongly recommend three units of high school mathematics including algebra.
  3. Students will have completed either the College Entrance Examinations Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). The successful applicant will have:
    • SAT: 1100 or higher (out of 1600) OR
    • ACT: 22 or higher (out of 36).
  4. We require a statement of interest; this is your opportunity to share why you are interested in our nursing program.
  5. A satisfactory criminal background check for professional practice will be required. 


Students with Prior College Experience  

If you have some prior college experience (at an institution other than Stephens), these guidelines are for you. 

  1. You must meet the high school admission criteria above OR  
  2. Provide 12 or more transferable college credits including college-level chemistry and mathematics (algebra or statistics).
  3. We prefer a college GPA of 3.5.
  4. We require a statement of interest; this is your opportunity to share why you are interested in our nursing program.
  5. A satisfactory criminal background check for professional practice will be required.


Students Seeking Advanced Standing

If students meet the qualifications above, they may request to transfer into the program with advanced standing depending on space, prior coursework, and an interview with the program director. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for required coursework. 


Non-Discrimination Statement

Stephens College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status and all other classifications protected by law. Stephens College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX or disability accommodations, any other concerns related to equity or noncompliance, or requests for a complete copy of the College’s policy should be directed to the Stephens College Equity Compliance Team at [email protected] or (573) 876-2321 or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 


Standards for Professional Licensure

In the Missouri State Board of Nursing, Statutes & Rules, the Nursing Practice Act, Chapter 335, is found on page 12. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the Nursing Practice Act and the process for seeking professional licensure. Pages 17-18 provide information for complaint procedures and denial, revocation or suspension of a license.


Start Your Nursing Program Application

You may apply to the Stephens College Nursing program either through the free Stephens College application portal, or through NursingCAS. No preference is given to either application method.



Patient Care Technician Applicants 

Students accepted to the Nursing major may be eligible for the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program through Boone Health. The program begins five weeks prior to the start of the semester and concludes following the completion of practice hours in the first semester. Learn more + apply >

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