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Nursing Degrees at SBU

All Nursing Degrees at SBU

Demand is growing for highly qualified nurses. Our communities need registered nurses, and the need is growing! In a study published in the May 2012 edition of the American Journal of Medical Quality, each state's nursing shortage was graded using a reliably developed model. By 2030, Missouri is projected to have a shortage ratio of 27 RNs per 100,000 people.

Southwest Baptist University is helping address the nursing shortage issue by preparing professional nursing graduates through a variety of nursing degree options, ranging from degrees that prepare you to become a Registered Nurse to more-advanced nursing degrees.

Do you want to become a registered nurse?

SBU offers nursing degrees on three campuses in Bolivar, Salem, and Springfield, Mo. Each campus nursing program is a little different. Review these options below to determine which program might be the best fit for you.

Are you already a registered nurse?

Complete a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing to advance in your career. Course schedules are flexible enough to fit around your busy schedule. Most courses are offered online.

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Associate's degree in nursing (Springfield Campus)

  • Prerequisite requirements: 14 hours of science courses
  • Time to complete: 2 years (4 semesters)

After completing prerequisite courses, you can apply for the 2-year nursing program. Upon completion of the nursing coursework, you will take the RN-NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). A bridge option is available for students who already are a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or hold a paramedic license. The Springfield campus is non-residential.

ASN Degree in Springfield

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Associate's Degree in Nursing (Salem Campus)

  • Prerequisite requirements: Hold an LPN or paramedic license
  • Time to complete: Less than one year (4 weeks + 2 semesters)

If you already hold an LPN or paramedic license and live in the Salem, Mo., area, you can complete the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree in just one year and then take the RN-NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse. You will complete a "bridge" course prior to the beginning of the first semester to ensure that you are prepared for the nursing courses. The Salem campus is non-residential.

ASN DEGREE IN SALEM

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Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Bolivar campus)

  • Prerequisite requirements: 3 semesters before applying to the nursing program
  • Time to complete: 5 semesters in the nursing program, for a total of 4 years (8 semesters) to complete the degree

If you want to become a Registered Nurse (RN) and want the traditional, residential college experience, consider the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program on the SBU-Bolivar campus. You will graduate with a bachelor's degree and be prepared to take the RN-NCLEX exam to become an RN.

Pre-Licensure BSN Degree
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program

If you already have an Associate of Science in Nursing degree are a Registered Nurse, you can complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through a 34-hour course of study.

This nationwide RN to BSN program offers a flexible course sequence option, including a fully online eight-week block schedule with one block of experiential service learning activities that can be completed where you live. No onsite visits are required. Faculty are dedicated to helping you realize your professional goals while also balancing work and personal demands.

RN-BSN Degree
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Master of Science in Nursing

Combining a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes, and clinical experiences, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) education program provides advanced degree options for BSN graduates. As an MSN student, you will have the opportunity to complete your master's in nursing education or nursing administration.

The nursing education track will prepare you for academic, staff development, and patient education roles. The nursing administration track will provide you with an in-depth study of nursing leadership principles and practices promoting nursing excellence and process improvement.

Master's Degree in Nursing