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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

RN to BSN degree completion program
(Springfield campus)

This program is designed for individuals who have already earned an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and are Registered Nurses (RN). If you do not have an ASN degree, you may apply for our ASN program at our Springfield campus or for our pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing program on the Bolivar campus.

Designed with the working professional in mind, and easily accessible to current ASN students, the ACEN-accredited 34-hour RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program on SBU's Springfield campus allows you to pursue a baccalaureate degree while advancing your skills as a professional nurse.

This nationwide RN to BSN program offers a flexible course sequence option, including a fully online curriculum and Practice Experiences that can be completed where you live. No onsite visits are required. Faculty are dedicated to helping you realize your professional goals while also balancing work and personal demands.

If you are a current ASN student in SBU's College of Health Professions, you have the option to accelerate your degree by taking up to two BSN courses per semester while concurrently enrolled in the ASN program. This flexibility is just one reason we are confident we offer one of the best BSN degree programs available. We encourage our students to achieve more, while creating attainable resources to help make that happen.

The RN-BSN degree program is offered through SBU's College of Health Professions.

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Springfield Campus Information



(employed as a BSN-prepared RN at the time of graduation)

RN-BSN Student Learning Outcomes (PDF

Contact Admissions

Paula Palmer
(417) 447-8672 (office)
(417) 399-0266 (cell)

SBU students

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.

Teclaire Mbome Ntui-Ayuk
"I was challenged and learned something new with every one of my patient experiences and was given so many learning opportunities! The staff not only went above and beyond to assist students in their learning and understanding, but also taught me the compassion and care I now use with my patients every day!"
Teclaire Mbome Ntui-Ayuk '14
BSN Graduate

Admissions Requirements

Complete the College of Health Professions admissions process to be considered for admission to SBU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

The following prerequisite courses are required for admission to the BSN program:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Chemistry for Allied Health
  • General Psychology

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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Plan

Year 1

Fall Semester

UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
NUR 3203 Transition to BSN Role 3
Total hours 12

Spring Semester

UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication or  
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communications 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
Total hours 13

Year 2

Fall Semester

POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
NUR 3453 Spirituality in Health Care 3
Total hours 12

Spring Semester

BEH 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 4404 Pathophysiology 4
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
NUR 3373 Professional Nursing Practice 3
Total hours 13

Year 3

Fall Semester

NUR 4013 Health Care in Culturally Diverse Populations 3
NUR 3383 Gerontological Nursing 3
NUR 3563 Health Care Informatics 3
 NUR 4333 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
Total hours 12

Spring Semester

NUR 3303 Health Assessment 3
NUR 4434 Administration and Leadership 4
NUR 4404 Community Health 4
NUR 4442 Capstone 2
Total hours 13

Thirty hours of lower division credit will be awarded toward the major requirements for students from an accredited Associate of Science in Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, or diploma program.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the university catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements based upon your previously earned credits. 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.

*NOTE: Students entering the BSN program will automatically be enrolled in NUR 3010 New Student Orientation. This is a no-cost/no-credit course designed to familiarize the student with the program and learning management system.

Download in PDF format:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Plan (PDF)