Kara Cissell, a senior nursing major at UMSL, will be one of the student volunteers on hand during the sessions on BSN Preview Day Jan. 25. She’s looking forward to helping prospective students make the UMSL choice. (Photo by August Jennewein)

The College of Nursing’s credentials initially attracted Kara Cissell to the University of Missouri–St. Louis program. But it was the community Cissell encountered that sealed the deal for her.

“I looked at so many nursing colleges before I chose UMSL, and there has not been one day of my career that I have regretted that decision,” she said. “UMSL has everything that I was looking for and can provide prospective students with the same thing.”

Cissell, a senior nursing student from O’Fallon, Mo., chose UMSL over other schools because of its high pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination exam, and its impressive facilities and faculty.

“I felt like this would be somewhere I could be comfortable, and somewhere I could grow,” she said. “I could not ask for a better experience. Once I started my nursing classes, I knew I was in the right place. The labs were beautiful, and the classrooms were great. But it was really the faculty that made me feel at home.”

Cissell credits her instructors with making her the strong student she is today. She said she’s never been more confident in her abilities.

“I have become more sure of my decision to become a nurse with every class, every clinical and every chapter I read,” she said.

And there’s no better way for a prospective nursing student to get an idea of what lay ahead then to interact with someone who is going through it.

The College of Nursing will open its doors to prospective students during its annual BSN Preview Day on Jan. 25 during two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place in Seton Center Hall on South Campus.

Visitors will learn about UMSL’s Pre-Licensure BSN Options and admission criteria. They’ll also tour the facilities, see what it’s like to take part in an actual nursing class and speak with nursing faculty, staff and current students. People are asked to RSVP to askhina@umsl.edu. They need to include their name, number of guests and which session they’ll attend.

Students who submit an UMSL application at Preview Day will have their $35 application fee waived.

Cissell will be one of the student volunteers on hand during the sessions, and she can’t wait to help answer questions about the College of Nursing and her experience.

For more information on BSN Preview Day click here.

Myra Lopez

Myra Lopez