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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Bolivar)

Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree
(Bolivar Campus)

Southwest Baptist University is beginning a pre-licensure bachelor of nursing degree program at the main campus in Bolivar. SBU has received initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing for our pre-licensure BSN program to begin in spring 2019, contingent upon an approved site visit.

This is a traditional pre-licensure BSN degree program for students who do not already have a nursing degree or RN degree. If you have an ASN degree and would like to earn a bachelor's degree, please read about our degree completion BSN nursing program.

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.

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. SBU is helping address the nursing shortage issue by preparing professional nursing graduates.

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.

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

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Study at a nursing college that is accredited by ACEN (Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing) and is under the University's accreditation by HLC (Higher Learning Commission).
  • Receive a Christian liberal arts education that will prepare you in leadership, critical thinking skills and clinical reasoning abilities.
  • Experience college life on our main campus in Bolivar and benefit from the many activities, events, clubs and organizations.
  • Learn at a school that has been offering quality nursing degrees and producing successful nursing graduates since 1996.

Faith Integration

At SBU, the integration of faith and academics is at the heart of what we do. As a BSN graduate from SBU, you will be prepared to be an effective servant leader in the healthcare profession. You will learn how to integrate knowledge obtained from a Christ-centered liberal arts curriculum to guide your nurse practice, professional development and lifelong learning.

Integration of faith is woven into all curriculum and courses, but you also will have the opportunity to take courses specifically designed to help you consider how your faith is an important part of your career as a compassionate nurse. Courses such as "Spirituality and Healthcare" will equip you to approach your nursing career with a Christ-centered perspective. All SBU students also take courses in Old Testament and New Testament history.

Admissions criteria

For full acceptance into the BSN program, prerequisite courses must be completed. Conditional admission is possible for students within one semester of completed required science courses. The pre-licensure BSN program degree plan lists required courses. Additionally, you must complete an admissions exam.

Applicants must satisfy all admissions criteria, which includes:

  • BIO 2204, BIO 3304, and BIO 2213 must be completed within five years of admission into the pre-licensure BSN program
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7+
  • Science courses (biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy & physiology) GPA of 2.7+ 
  • Pass background check and drug screen

A full list of admissions criteria is available in the application packet.

Acceptance into the BSN program is based on satisfactory completion on the admission criteria and space availability. When applicants meet minimum qualifications, an admission selection criteria worksheet will be used if the number of qualified applicants exceeds space availability. Applicants with the top scores will be offered first choice for the seats in the cohort.

Application process

  • Complete an application for admission to Southwest Baptist University. Admission to SBU is required before application to the BSN program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission into the BSN program.
  • Complete the BSN program application. To receive an application packet, contact Nancy Delmont, MSN, RN, at (417) 328-1553 or
  • Application deadline for consideration in January (spring semester) is July 1 of the previous year.


Apply to SBU today to begin your journey to your nursing career! Upon your admission to SBU, you will begin as a pre-nursing student and work on your three semesters of prerequisite courses to prepare for admission into the nursing degree program.


Contact Nancy Delmont, program chair, at (417) 328-1553 or to learn more about the BSN program on SBU's Bolivar campus.

nursing (bolivar) Program Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CHE 1004* Chemistry for Allied Health 4
BIO 1004* Principles of Biology 4
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
PSY 1013* General Psychology 3
BIO 2204* Anatomy and Physiology I or  
BIO 3304* Anatomy and Physiology II 4
POL 1113 American Government & Politics 3
BIO 2213* Introduction to Microbiology 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CIS 1103* Computer & Information Management 3
BIO 2243* Nutrition 3
BIO 2204* Anatomy and Physiology I or  
BIO 3304* Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIO 4404 Pathophysiology 4
NRS/NUR 3010 BSN New Student Orientation (1st 8 weeks; tied to NRS 3104) 0
NRS 3104 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 4
NRS 3113 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Clinical 3
NRS/NUR 3453 Spirituality in Healthcare 3
KIN 1162 Physical Fitness and Wellness 2
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication or  
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communication 3
NRS 3204 Medical Surgical I - Adult and Elderly Care 4
NRS 3213 Medical Surgical I-Adult and Elderly Care – Clinical 3
NRS 3233 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
PSY/SOC 3243 Statistics 3
NRS 3304 Medical Surgical II Complex Adult and Elderly Care 4
NRS 3313 Medical Surgical II Complex Adult and Elderly Care Clinical 3
NRS/NUR 3563 Health Care Informatics 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

NRS 4102 Maternal Child & Family Health 2
NRS 4112 Maternal Child & Family Health – Clinical 2
NRS 4403 Advanced Health Assessment & Critical Care 3
NRS/NUR 4404 Community Health 4
NRS/NUR 4333 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
ECO 2003 L.I.F.E. Economics 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

NRS/NUR 4013 Healthcare in Culturally Diverse Populations 3
NRS/NUR 4434 Administration and Leadership 4
NRS 4544 Transition to Nursing Practice Preceptorship 4
NRS 4501 NCLEX Review 1
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
Total hours 15

* Required pre-requisite courses; students may apply for the BSN program when these pre-requisite courses are completed or within one semester of completion.
Acceptance into the BSN program will be based upon selection criteria that include cumulative GPA, science GPA and entry test scores.

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