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-Salem Campus or the Southwest Baptist University-Springfield 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.
To be admitted into the LPN to RN or paramedic to RN bridge program, you must submit:
- Current, unencumbered LPN or Paramedic license, with IV certification
- Clean drug screen, background check, confidentiality agreement
- Valid driver's license
- Up-to-date immunizations: Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B, Influenza
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 on prior college work
- Science GPA of at least 2.70
- Other requirements as indicated
The RN bridge program is offered through SBU's College of Health Professions.
Want to learn more?
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 Courtney Smith, Health Professions Coordinator, at (573) 729-7071, ext. 7312 or cgsmith@SBUniv.edu.
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) 328-8672 or ppalmer@SBUniv.edu.