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Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

Earn your ASN at SBU-Springfield

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree is a two-year program that prepares you to practice as a registered nurse in a variety of health care settings. You will graduate with an associate’s degree, preparing you for the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The ASN education program provides foundational nursing knowledge and skills to prepare you for your career in nursing.

Completion of the nursing associate's program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

Other programs available for those that qualify include the LPN and Paramedic Bridge programs for those currently possessing a Missouri license, transfer admissions from other accredited nursing programs, and concurrent enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program.

General education and prerequisite courses are offered on the Springfield campus, so you may begin your nursing degree program on the Bolivar or Springfield campuses. The University offers a science incentive program to pre-nursing students. If you take the prerequisite science coursework through SBU, you can earn up to $500 per semester of tuition credit toward your ASN degree for up to four semesters.

The ASN degree is offered through SBU's College of Health Professions.

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SBU's College of Health Professions offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree on our campus in Springfield, Mo. We also offer an RN-bridge program on our campus in Salem, Mo., for students who already have an LPN or paramedic license.

Admissions Requirements

Springfield Campus

RN Bridge Program


(hired as an ASN-prepared nurse at the time of graduation)

pass rate

(ultimate NCLEX pass rate)

ASN Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

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Beth McDaniel
(417) 447-8670 (office)
(417) 406-0518 (cell)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Be equipped for a lifetime of success by a school that is committed to doing what it takes to help you graduate and succeed.
  • Receive a high-quality, Christian higher education in partnership with a nationally recognized healthcare system, Mercy Health System.
  • Further your education while remaining active in the workforce through afternoon and evening classes that work with your schedule.
  • Benefit from small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized instruction, academic guidance and networking.

Faith Integration

Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered university and is committed to the integration of faith and academics in all programs and degrees. Class discussions include open dialogue about how faith impacts the academic discipline. Students are encouraged to consider their own faith and how they will incorporate their faith in their chosen career paths. SBU's goal is to produce academically qualified career professionals who are also servant leaders in today's global society.

Admissions Requirements

Complete the College of Health Professions admissions process to be considered for admission to SBU's Associate of Science in Nursing program. A 2.5+ cumulative GPA is required. Admissions testing also may be required.

The following prerequisite courses are required for the ASN program:

  • Chemistry for Allied Health (4 credit hours, with lab) or Principles of Chemistry (4 credit hours, with lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hours, with lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours, with lab)
  • Microbiology (minimum 3 credit hours with lab)

Course Transfer Equivalency

Southwest Baptist University maintains a current database of course transfer equivalencies from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities. Students are welcome to search for and find course equivalents for prerequisite courses and program requirements within the College of Health Professions degree programs.

  Associate of Science in Nursing Course Plan


BIO 2204* Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 2213 Microbiology 3
BIO 3304 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHE 1004 Chemistry for Allied Health or 4
CHE 1104 Principles of Chemistry 4
Total hours 15

 (*) BIO 1104 General Biology prerequisite for BIO 2204 or ACT of 24 in Science Reasoning 

Year 1

First Semester

NUR 1018 Foundations of Safe Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan 8
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16

Second Semester

NUR 1028 Patient Centered Care 8
NUR 1023 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
Total hours 14

Year 2

Third Semester

NUR 2038 Advanced Patient Centered Care 8
BIO 2243 Nutrition 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
Total hours 14

Fourth Semester

NUR 2048 Nursing Role Integration 8
NUR 2052 NCLEX Preparation 2
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 13

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements. Revised 1/23

Download in PDF format:
Nursing (Associate's) Plan (PDF)