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

Want to learn more?

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)

Contact Admissions

Springfield Admissions 
(800) 526-5859 

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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:

  • 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.


Associates Core Curriculum

*Upon approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.