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RN Bridge Program (Salem or Springfield)

Take your LPN or paramedic license to the next level by becoming a Registered Nurse through SBU's bridge program

Looking to turn your LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or Paramedic license into an RN (Registered Nurse)? If you have already obtained an LPN or Paramedic license, you may go through the RN bridge program to pursue an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree at the Southwest Baptist University-Springfield Campus or the Southwest Baptist University-Salem Campus.

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 exam.

The RN bridge program is offered through SBU's College of Health Professions.


Job Placement Rate

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

NCLEX Pass Rate

(Ultimate NCLEX pass rate)

ASN Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Contact Admissions

Beth McDaniel
(417) 447-8670 (office)
(417) 406-0518 (cell)




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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 close to home.
  • 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:

  • 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)

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.

Want to learn more?

Interested in studying at the Springfield campus?

Visit the SBU-Springfield Campus page to learn more about the campus, admissions process, cost and financial aid, and more.

For questions, contact Paula Palmer at (417) 447-8672 or

Springfield Campus Information

Interested in studying at the Salem campus?

Visit the SBU-Salem Campus page to learn more about the campus, admissions process, cost and financial aid, and more.  

For questions, contact Jackie Billings, instructor of nursing, at (573) 729-7071, ext. 7312 or

Salem Campus Information

Apply to the RN Bridge program now!

Complete Online Application

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Have questions about cost or financial aid?

Download the program cost sheet for current cost information. SBU does offer financial aid opportunities. Complete your FAFSA to start the financial aid process.

RN-Bridge Estimated Tuition and Fees

Associate of Science in Nursing RN-Bridge Degree Plan


BIO 2204 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 2213 Microbiology 3
BIO 3304 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHE 1004 Chemistry for Allied Health OR  
CHE 1104 Principles of Chemistry 4
Total hours 15

Bridge Semester

NUR 2003 LPN Bridge OR 3
NUR 1104 Paramedic/Advanced Placement Bridge 4
Total hours 3-4

Third Semester

NUR 2038 Advanced Patient Centered Care 8
Total hours 8*

Fourth Semester

NUR 2048 Nursing Role Integration 8
NUR 2052 NCLEX Preparation 2
Total hours 10*
*Additional General Education Graduation Requirements, as listed below, are required for degree completion.

General Education Graduation Requirements


UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
BIO 2243 Nutrition 3
PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development 3
Total hours 20




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. Revised 1/23

Download in PDF format:
RN-Bridge Plan (PDF)