BSN Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any part-time or online options available for the BSN program?
No. The BSN program is a full-time program in which students are encouraged not to hold employment while in the program. There are no online options available.

Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed when I apply?
Applicants should have completed all of the general education requirements (or be currently enrolled) as outlined in the pre-nursing curriculum at MBU prior to applying for the nursing program. Students who have up to nine (9) credit hours of general education courses outstanding may be considered for admissions if the courses can be taken during a summer semester or in an online format.

Applicants must have completed, or be currently enrolled in, the following pre-requisite courses prior to applying to the nursing program.

  • English Composition I (ENGL 113)
  • English Composition II (ENGL 123)
  • College Algebra (MATH 133)
  • Introduction to Biology + Lab (BIOL103 +101)*
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 113 + 111)*
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (BIOL 213 + 211)*
  • Anatomy & Physiology II + Lab (BIOL 223 + 221)*
  • Microbiology + Lab (BIOL 373 + 371)*
  • Pathophysiology (BIOL363)*
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH 243)
  • Human Growth and Development (PSYC 313)

*Students must have three of the five science courses completed prior to applying for admissions. The other two courses can be in progress during the application timeframe.

Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online?
Yes. The prerequisite courses can be completed at any accredited college/university or community college. They can also be taken online.

When can I apply?
Applications for admission to the nursing program will open July 1 and will close Sept. 30 for January 2018 entry and will open Dec. 1 and close Feb. 28 for August entry. Students must apply and be admitted to Missouri Baptist University and then must apply to the School of Nursing. Application materials can be found on the School of Nursing website.

High School Seniors interested in applying for the Early Admissions Option may begin the application process June 1 of each year. The application will remain open until July 15. Applicants will be notified no later than Aug. 1 if they have been accepted into the Early Admissions Option at MBU.

How many clinical hours will I have during the ABSN program?
Students completing the BSN program complete 765 hours of clinical practice in a variety of specialty areas. The program concludes with a 135-hour Senior Capstone experience where the student works with a preceptor to increase knowledge application, prioritization and decision-making skills as well as help facilitate a smooth transition to professional practice.

Are there opportunities to work with diverse populations during the BSN program?
Each student will have a number of opportunities to work with diverse populations during the course of study.

When do clinical experiences begin in the BSN program at Missouri Baptist University School of Nursing?
Students in the BSN program begin clinical in their first semester and continue in clinical synthesis experiences throughout the program.

Where are clinical courses?
Clinical courses may be held anywhere within a 75-mile radius of the campus. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites. Clinical experiences usually begin at 6:30 a.m. and go until 3:30 p.m., although there could be some afternoon-to-evening hours.