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Associate of Science in Nursing

Associate degree in Nursing (Springfield Campus)

An Associate of Science in Nursing degree is a two-year program that prepares you to take the NCLEX board exam and become a Registered Nurse. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) education program on the SBU-Springfield campus provides basic foundational nursing knowledge and skills for the registered nurse generalist, and prepares you to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN) Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. 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.

All 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.

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Springfield campus

Salem Campus


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

Program Outcomes

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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 information

To be admitted to the SBU Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Schedule a meeting with an admissions office representative at the Springfield campus by calling (417) 447-8672 or (417) 447-8670.
  2. Complete an application for admission to Southwest Baptist University. Indicate that you plan to attend the Springfield campus.
  3. Request official transcripts. For high school students and college students with less than 12 hours of credit, submit official high school transcript and ACT/SAT/CLT scores, along with any college, university or training school official transcripts. For transfer students with 12 hours or more of college credit, please submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities and training programs attended.
  4. Verify receipt of application and all transcripts listed on application with the Admissions Office. Be sure transcripts are updated upon completion of each semester and show in-progress courses.
  5. Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor (for course planning and registration) by calling (417) 820-2069.
  6. Complete admission testing (ASN program).

Admissions requirements

In addition to completing the admissions checklist above, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7+ and prerequisite GPA of 2.7+ to meet program admission criteria.

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 pre-requisite courses and program requirements within the College of Health Professions degree programs.

Pre-Requisite Courses

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)

Contact Information

Paula Palmer
Springfield Campus Admissions
(417) 328-8672 

SBU-Springfield is more than just a school, it is a small close-knit community of individuals who are working toward a similar goal. The faculty takes advantage of every opportunity to help us become exceptional nurses, and as students we endlessly support one another to achieve success.

Leslie Whitley

  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
NUR 1011 Pharmacology for Nursing I 1
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 14

second Semester

NUR 1028 Patient Centered Care 8
NUR 1021 Pharmacology for Nursing II 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development 3
Total hours 15

year 2

third Semester

NUR 2038 Advanced Patient Centered Care 8
NUR 2031 Pharmacology for Nursing III 1
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
Total hours 12

fourth Semester

NUR 2048 Nursing Role Integration 8
NUR 2052 NCLEX Preparation 2
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
BIO 2243 Nutrition 3
Total hours 16

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.

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Nursing (Associate's) Plan