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RN Bridge Program (Salem or Springfield)

LPN or Paramedic to Registered Nurse (RN) Bridge Program
(Salem or Springfield Campuses)

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.


To be admitted into the LPN to RN or paramedic to RN bridge program, you must submit:

  1. Current, unencumbered LPN or Paramedic license, with IV certification
  2. Clean drug screen, background check, confidentiality agreement
  3. Valid driver's license
  4. Up-to-date immunizations: Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B, Influenza
  5. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 on prior college work
  6. Science GPA of at least 2.70
  7. 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

Salem Bridge Program Admissions Checklist

Salem RN Bridge Application

Submit Application Materials

Salem Campus Information

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

Springfield Campus

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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


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
NUR 2031 Pharmacology for Nursing III 1
Total hours 9*


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.



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 3/21

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