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Department of Nursing

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

Nursing Program Requirements



Examples of Necessary Activities
(Not All-Inclusive)

Critical thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.  Interpreting variations in vital signs, lab values, etc.


Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of socio-economic and cultural background. Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.  Works as a team member.


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.

Motor skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Move around work area and within confined spaces.  Calibrate and use equipment, position clients, insert catheters, injections.


Auditory/visual and tactile ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear monitor alarm, (IV alarm, etc.), emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.

Requirements for Progression in the Nursing Program

  1. A student who receives a D or F in a nursing course will be suspended from the program and is required to seek readmission in order to repeat the course.  The readmission process is initiated by the student with the instructor whose course was failed.  Completion and filing of the “Request for Retention Form” is the responsibility of the student.  If a student is not readmitted within a year, that student may be required to repeat all courses within the major.
  2.  Students who withdraw from the nursing program must follow the Withdrawal Policy contained herein and compete with other students for readmission into the program.  Students may be readmitted only once into the nursing program based on the decision of the Admission and Progression Committee. 
  3. A student receiving more than one D or F in a course or courses with a nursing prefix will not be allowed to apply, reapply, or progress in the nursing program.
  4. Requirements for readmission to the program are all those set forth in this policy as well as those contained in the current Student Handbook for the Department of Nursing.
  5. Students must be successful in passing each course in a particular semester in the program to progress to the next semester.