Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree
The Pre-Licensure BSN program will accept applications for the 2021 cohort beginning January 2, 2020. View the admissions criteria and degree plan for pre-requisite requirements and application instructions.
SBU has received initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing for our pre-licensure BSN program. This is a traditional pre-licensure BSN degree program for students who do not already have a nursing degree (or LPN or RN certification). If you have an ASN degree and would like to earn a bachelor's degree, please read about our degree completion BSN nursing program.
Earn a BSN at SBU-BOlivar
Studying nursing at the Don and Carrie Babb Department of Nursing at SBU will enable you to experience traditional college life while also receiving a quality nursing education. You will graduate with a bachelor's degree, preparing you for the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Nurse (RN).*
A combination of seated and online nursing course formats, together with a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum, will prepare you to practice in a variety of health care settings — critical care, outpatient care, public health, and mental health.
*Completion of the nursing bachelor's program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.
Our communities need more nurses
Demand is growing for highly qualified nurses. Our communities need registered nurses and the need is growing! SBU is helping address the nursing shortage issue by preparing professional nursing graduates.
- By 2030, Missouri is projected to have a shortage ratio of 27 RNs per 100,000 people (American Journal of Medical Quality, 2012)
- More RN jobs will be available through 2022 than any other profession in the U.S. (American Nurses Association, 2018)
- 1.1 million more nurses are needed to avoid a further nurse shortage (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)
- Employment opportunities for nurses are projected to grow at a faster rate (15%) than all other occupations from 2016 through 2026 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)
Value of a bachelor's degree in nursing
A two-year study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that the nursing industry needs to move toward a more highly educated workforce. The IOM recommends that 80% of nurses have at least a BSN degree by 2020 — currently, only 55% of the national nursing workforce has a BSN.
SBU's bachelor of science in nursing degree will equip you with the education, skills training and leadership preparation you need to be a successful nurse in today's society.