Whether you’re interested in working with patients or want to pursue a leadership role in a healthcare institution, the nursing major prepares you for a variety of healthcare settings. Designed to deliver the best possible preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®), the Bachelor of Science in nursing program offers a supportive learning environment where you can realize your full potential.

Career Paths

The nursing major prepares you as a generalist in beginning positions in all areas of nursing practice, including maternal, child, mental, adult, and community health nursing. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Notable employers for our nursing graduates include:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Northeast Regional Medical Center
  • University of Missouri Hospitals

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Featured Courses

A direct entry into the nursing program allows you to begin nursing coursework your first year. Here’s a sample of courses for the Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

Study the nature of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microscopic organisms applied to human economy and nature. 
Explore principles and concepts of pathophysiology presented as alterations of normal physiological regulatory mechanisms in disease states.
Learn a conceptual framework of nutrition principles from a nursing – physiological point of view with a particular emphasis on nutrients, dietary guidelines, and disease management and prevention across the lifespan and across cultures.
Examine the structure and function of the human body, using a systems approach.
Focus on nursing practice with adults, including the gerontological population, experiencing acute or chronic health alterations in a variety of acute care settings.
Study the concepts of the science of human care nursing, family, and child development are integrated with the nursing care of well and ill children and adolescents.

Student Opportunities

Nursing Simulation Center

Nursing Simulation Center

You can receive personalized instructions in the Nursing Simulation Center, which provides opportunities to practice your nursing and decision-making skills in a controlled environment.


Clinical Sites

With an emphasis on community-based nursing practice, you can engage in a wide range of clinical experiences:

  • adult and obstetric acute care at Northeast Regional Medical Center
  • geriatric and mental health experience through local agencies
  • pediatric experiences in community; school settings; and St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

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Study Abroad

Truman offers a student nursing experience in the Philippines where you can participate in a variety of clinic environments. Students are also paired with local nursing-student “buddies” from West Visayas State University to learn about cultural influences in diverse clinical settings.

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Army Nursing Program

Nursing majors at Truman may participate in the four-year or two-year Army Nursing Program to receive a commission as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps.

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Nursing Student Organizations

You can get involved with organizations like the Nursing Students Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Resources for Nursing Students

Accreditation and Approval

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Truman State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/).

Additionally, Truman’s nursing program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN).


Applying for the nursing major is a two-step process:

An essay is required for both applications.

FALL START: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Apply by January 15