Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)



Why choose Missouri Baptist University’s School of Nursing?

  • As the only evangelical Christian University in St. Louis, MBU’s program will fill an important role in St. Louis and beyond as it aims to intersect innovative preparation with Christian perspectives, integrating personal faith in the practice of nursing while serving in a global and culturally diverse society.
  • You’ll learn in an environment built specifically to prepare you to be successful in the ever-changing nursing industry. MBU’s School of Nursing will be located in the Walker Medical Building, which neighbors MBU’s main campus. MBU is currently renovating more than 8,000 square feet into an innovative learning space, which will include a simulation lab, technology-equipped training classrooms and community meeting areas. View the gallery here.
  • All students admitted into the School of Nursing will receive a new laptop included in tuition to help foster innovative learning. At MBU, you’ll use technology to learn how to communicate relevant patient data, manage care, mitigate error, and support clinical judgment and evidence-based nursing practice.
  • The launch of MBU’s nursing program comes when the demand for registered nurses who have earned a BSN is high. In Missouri, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow more than 13 percent by 2024, according to Missouri’s Division of Employment Security. The projections are, in part, based on the rising demand for healthcare confounded with a significant number of nurses who will be retiring in the next decade.

Application Procedure

The following steps are required to complete the MBU School of Nursing application procedure:
1. Application to MBU
a. Transfer Students will submit the Undergraduate application for Admissions by going to the following:
b. Current MBU students can skip this step.

2. Application to School of Nursing
a. Transfer Students: Will be contacted by an Admissions Counselor after completion of the Undergraduate application. Once the students’ transcripts have been evaluated and the student has been deemed eligible to apply to the nursing program a link to the School of Nursing application will be given.
b. Current MBU Students: Contact Dr. Lydia Thebeau at to receive a link to the School of Nursing application.
c. Jan. 3 is the deadline for submitting all materials for the School of Nursing application for the August entry.

3. Official Transcripts
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (other than MBU) must be received by the MBU Record’s Office prior to the close of the admission application cycle. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all transcripts have been received by the MBU Record’s office by this date. Transcripts can be mailed to:
Missouri Baptist University
ATTN: Records Office
One College Park Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698

4. Non-native English Speaking Students
Successful completion of the TOEFL iBT meeting the minimum score requirements for each section (see Admission Requirements, page 2). Scores must be provided to the School of Nursing office by the end of the application cycle.

5. Personal Interview
The MBU School of Nursing admissions committee may request a personal interview.

6. Letters of Recommendation
All prospective students must include at least two (2) letters of recommendation with the nursing application. Letters of recommendation should be from people who are able to attest to the students’ academic and/or healthcare experience.

7. Written Essay
Written essay (no more than 500 words) on “Why you want to be a nurse”.

View the full School of Nursing Admissions Policy 

Early Admission Policy

Missouri Baptist University School of Nursing offers an Early Admission Option for eligible high achieving high school seniors interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The School of Nursing will select up to 10 students annually to be admitted through the Early Admission option.

Early Admission students are assigned to a pre-nursing advisor and are guaranteed admission into the nursing program their junior year assuming they have met all nursing admissions requirements.

To be considered for the Early Admission Option, students must meet the following:

• Applied and been accepted into Missouri Baptist University and declared a major of pre-nursing
• Completed the Early Admission application to the School of Nursing
• ACT score of at least 24 composite
o Preference will be given to students who have an ACT math subscore of 22 or higher and English subscore of 20 or higher.
• Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
The following should be submitted to the School of Nursing with the Early Admission application:
• Written essay of not less than 100 words on “Why I want to be a nurse?”
• Two letters of recommendation; one must be from the high school guidance counselor

The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities, community service and/or research experience. Early admission applications will open December 1 and must be received prior to July 1 of the freshman year. Students will be notified no later than August 1 of the decision.

**Please note** Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be accepted to the early admission program. Applicants will receive a letter indicating acceptance to the Early Admission Option. Contingent upon maintaining eligibility, students will receive a letter of acceptance to the nursing program in June after the sophomore year.

Maintaining Eligibility
Once admitted into the Early Admission Option, the student must meet the following conditions:

• Continuous enrollment as a full-time student at Missouri Baptist University in each regular semester session with a pre-nursing major.
• All required courses must be taken at Missouri Baptist University
• Must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses

Students who suffer from academic setback in their pre-nursing coursework or decide (for whatever reason) not to continue with the early admission option, still may apply via the regular admission process to the nursing program without being penalized.

View the full School of Nursing Admissions Policy

Clinical Sites

The School of Nursing at Missouri Baptist University will use a variety of clinical sites to give students a broad range of experiences across various settings and with different populations.
Our list of clinical sites is continually growing. Below is an example of some of the sites that students could attend.

Bethesda Meadows
CenterPoint Hospital
City of St. Louis Department of Health
Delmar Gardens
Hawthorne Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
Hermann Area District Hospital
Mercy Jefferson
Mercy Washington
Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center
Mid-America Transplant
Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Nurses for Newborns
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Select Specialty Hospital
Shriners Hospital for Children
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
St. Luke’s Hospital
Wentzville School District

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 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.

Is there a time limit on when courses had to be completed in order for them to be transferred in to the School of Nursing?
Yes, there is a 5 year time limit on four science courses. Students must have completed the following courses in the past 5 years in order to transfer them in to the School of Nursing.

·         Anatomy & Physiology I & II
·         Pathophysiology
·         Microbiology

BSN Progression and Retention Policy

The following are requirements for progression and retention in the Missouri Baptist University School of Nursing pre-licensure BSN program:

1.     All students are required to attend the orientation session held prior to the first day of class.

2.     All students must meet with their assigned academic advisor during the first semester of the program to review their official program of study for the current academic year.

3.     Students must meet with their academic advisor at the end of the first academic year and at least once during each subsequent semester to review progress in the program and plan for the following semester. Advisors are generally not available during the months of June and July.

4.     Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.5, throughout their enrollment at MBU.

5.     Students must achieve a minimum of 77% or better in each required nursing course as well as satisfactory performance for the clinical component of each nursing course.

a.      Students must receive a minimum of 77% average on exams in a theory course and maintain a minimum overall grade of 77% in the course.

b.     Students must receive satisfactory performance in the clinical component for the student to pass the course.

        i.     To receive a satisfactory clinical grade, all clinical requirements must be completed; these include but are not limited to the following

1.     All clinical reports, journals, concept maps, and written evaluations from the student.

2.     All clinical evaluation tools with student evaluation of clinical performance and completion of clinical objectives completed at midterm and end of semester.

    ii.     Accrual of two (2) unsatisfactory clinical evaluations at any time during a clinical component will be recorded as a fail.

6.     A student must achieve a 100% score on each Mathematics Dosage Calculation Exam with a total of 3 attempts.

7.     At mid-term, students who are not making satisfactory progress towards meeting course objectives will be required to meet with the course faculty and academic advisor to prepare a Plan of Improvement. Additional time in the Academic Success Center may be required.

8.     A failed nursing course may be repeated only one time. Failure of any nursing course for a second time will result in dismissal from the program.

9.     Failure of any two nursing courses within the baccalaureate curriculum will result in dismissal from the program.

10.  Any failed nursing course must be repeated in full prior to progression into any additional nursing course.

a.     If a student fails a clinical course, the student must repeat the corresponding theory course.

11.  Students must maintain current CPR, TB, drug screen, background check, and all required immunizations and any other clinical requirements requested by the clinical agencies.

12.  Request for Reinstatement:

a.     A student, who has been dismissed from the nursing program for academic failure, or any other reason, may request a review for reinstatement. The written request for reinstatement should be addressed to the Dean of Nursing. If the dismissal is for academic performance, a Plan of Improvement must be included with the request. Reinstatement will be based on the decision by the Admission and Progression Committee.

b.     Reinstatement is not a guarantee, and no student may be reinstated more than once. A reinstated student will be dismissed upon failure of any additional required course in the program of study. Students who are reinstated must adhere to the policies, guidelines, curriculum of the nursing program, and the recommendations of the Admission and Graduation Committee at the time of reinstatement. The Dean of Nursing, based on space availability, will determine the date of a reinstatement.

Download School of Nursing Progression Policy


*Please note according to Section 335.066, RSMo of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act that admission and completion of the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

NRSG 303 Professional Nursing Concepts I
NRSG 314 Health Care Concepts I
NRSG 373 Health Care Concepts I Clinical
NRSG 304 Health Assessment w/Lab
NRSG 324 Health Care Concepts II
NRSG 334 Pharmacology
NRSG 323 Evidence-Based Practice
NRSG 374 Health Care Concepts II Clinical
NRSG 434 Health Care Concepts III
NRSG 413 QI and Information Technology
NRSG 423 Spirituality and Diversity in Healthcare
NRSG 474 Health Care Concepts III Clinicals
NRSG 433 Ethics in Healthcare
NRSG 403 Professional Nursing Concepts II
NRSG 444 Health Care Concepts IV
NRSG 483 Senior Capstone
NRSG 472 Health Care Concepts IV Clinicals

Total Hours: 60

* At least 24 of the last 32 hours must be taken at Missouri Baptist University
* A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.00 scale must be achieved

Amber Pyatt, DNP, RN

Founding Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Amber Pyatt is the founding dean of MBU’s nursing program and an associate professor of nursing. Pyatt is graduate of SEMO (‘06), Newman University (‘10), University of Cincinnati (‘14) and American Sentinel University (‘16) where she earned her DNP. She is a licensed RN in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Illinois. Pyatt was the Director of Nursing at Southwestern College from 2014 until coming to MBU. She also taught at Chamberlain College of Nursing and Davenport University. Pyatt earned the Award for Academic Excellence at American Sentinel University. She is a Scholar of the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy that is administered by Sigma Theta Tau International and funded by the Elsevier Foundation as well as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, National League for Nursing, Graduate Student Nurses Association and the Kansas Organization of Nursing Leaders.

Robin Murray, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Robin Murray has taught pre-licensure registered nursing and online courses at the college level since 2004. Murray earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Indiana University in 1997 and her master of science in nursing (MSN) from Webster University in 2003. She is currently working on a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) in Educational Leadership at American Sentinel University. Clinically, Murray has worked with adult patients in medical-surgical units, homecare, occupational health, burn intensive care, cardiac and trauma step-down, behavioral health and faith community nursing. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing in 1996. Before her career in nursing, Murray served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Forces from 1990-1997.

Debra D’Arcy, MSN, RN, PHCNS, BC, NCSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Debra D’Arcy has worked as a registered nurse since 1982 and began teaching associate degree nursing students in 2015, where she would spearheaded efforts to enhance the student learning experience and make simulation evaluations digital. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Purdue University’s Calumet Campus in Hammond, Indiana. She went on to receive her master of science in nursing from University of Missouri-Columbia with concentrations in public health clinical nursing and school health nursing. D’Arcy has served in prestigious roles on committees such as president of the Missouri Association of School Nurses as well as to the St. Louis Suburban Nurses Association.

Regina Stolzer

Administrative Assistant – School of Nursing

Regina Stolzer has over a decade of experience working with higher education. She spent 11 years working for Maryville University first in the Maryville University Bookstore and moving on to become the Assistant Operations Manager for the Online Nursing program supporting a staff of more the 150 adjunct nursing faculty. She received her Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership and Psychology from Maryville University in 2012.

Ashley Bell, MSN

Ashley Bell has worked as a registered nurse since 2008, began teaching bachelor of science (BSN) nursing students in 2017, and joined the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing Faculty in 2018. She earned her BSN in 2008 from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and her master of science in nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in nursing education from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She received her certification in oncology nursing in 2010. Her clinical passions include oncology, palliative, and medical/surgical nursing. In 2015, she was a finalist for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Nurse Excellence award in the educator category and was recognized for her work as a clinical nurse educator, facilitating learning for nursing personnel in the clinical setting. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, in 2017.