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 fills 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 is located in the Walker Medical Building, which neighbors MBU’s main campus. The 8,000-plus square feet space was transformed into an innovative learning space, which includes 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.

Traditional Admission

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 following the undergraduate application requirements.
b. Current MBU students can skip this step.

2. Application to School of Nursing

  1. Transfer Students will be contacted by an Admissions Counselor after completion of the Undergraduate application. Once the student’s transcripts have been evaluated and the student has been deemed eligible to apply to the pre-licensure BSN program, a link to the School of Nursing application will be given.
  2. Current MBU Students: Contact your Pre-Nursing Advisor. Once the advisor has deemed you are eligible to apply, a link to the application will be provided.
  3. Applications open on December 1 and close on February 28.

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) answering the following two questions:

  1. Why do you want to attend the School of Nursing at Missouri Baptist University?
  2. Identify one professional goal you have for yourself upon graduating nursing school.

Admissions Policy
Traditional Admissions Rubric

Early Admission Application Process

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 applications will open on October 1 and will close on February 1 of each year for admission the following academic year. Students will be notified no later than March 1 of the decision.


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


To be considered for the Early Admission option, a student must meet the following:

  • Apply and be accepted into Missouri Baptist University and declare a major of pre-nursing.
  • Complete the Early Admission application to the School of Nursing.
  • ACT score of at least 23 composite or
  • ACT score of 20-22 with a Math and Science subscore of at least 20
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)

The following should be submitted to the School of Nursing upon applying:

  • Written essay of no more than 500 words answering the following questions:
  • Why did you choose Missouri Baptist University to obtain your nursing degree?
  • What are your goals after graduating from nursing school?
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation should be from people who are able to attest to the student’s academic and/or healthcare experience.

The most competitive candidates will have volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities, community service and/or research experience.

**Please note** Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be accepted to the Early Admission option. 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, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Continuous enrollment as a full-time student at Missouri Baptist University in each regular semester session with a pre-nursing major.
  • Must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses.
  • Receive a science grade no lower than a B in Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Chemistry, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology.

Students who suffer from academic setback in their pre-nursing coursework or decide not to continue with the Early Admission option may apply to the nursing program via the traditional admission process without penalty.

Admissions Policy
Early Admissions Rubric

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any part-time or online options available for the BSN program?
No, the BSN program is a full-time program. There are no online options for completion of the BSN.

2. Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed when I apply?

Applicants should have completed all of the pre-nursing requirements (or be currently enrolled) as outlined on the BSN Degree Sheet prior to applying for the nursing program. Students who have up to nine (9) credit hours of pre-nursing courses outstanding may be considered for admission if the courses can be taken during a summer semester or in an online format. All science and math courses must be completed prior to starting the nursing program.

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.

Courses must be completed within the past 5 years (with the exception of Chemistry) with a grade of B or higher.

  • BIOL 113+111 Introduction to Chemistry + Lab
  • BIOL 213+211 Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab
  • BIOL 223+221 Anatomy & Physiology II + Lab
  • BIOL 363 Pathophysiology
  • BIOL 373+371 Microbiology + Lab

*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.

*All science courses need to have a grade of B or higher to be considered for admission to the School of Nursing.

(#)Courses must be completed within the past 5 years.

3. 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.

4. When can I apply?

  • Early Admission applications will open on October 1 and will close on February 1 of each year for admission the following academic year. Students will be notified no later than March 1 of the decision.
  • Traditional Admission applications will open on December 1 and will close on February 28 of each year for admission the following academic year. Students will be notified no later than April 1 of the decision.

5. 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 168-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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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

The School of Nursing has been granted initial approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, 3605 Missouri Blvd., PO BOX 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

*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.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Missouri Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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 443 Health Care Concepts III

NRSG 453 Pediatric and Maternal Child Concepts

NRSG 412 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. She has diverse nursing experience in critical care, telemetry, operating room, pain management, medical-surgical, home health, and school health which included working with students with special needs and as an administrator as a lead nurse and practice specialist. Her teaching experience includes LPN to RN bridge and associate degree nursing programs. She was the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator for BJC and is currently appointed as AHA Regional Faculty in Missouri since 2014. D’Arcy has current status as AHA instructor for Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Purdue University- Calumet Campus in Hammond, Indiana. She certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from 1987-1992. She went on to receive her master of science in nursing (MSN) from University of Missouri-Columbia with concentrations in public health and school health. She is a nationally board certified Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. D’Arcy has served as president of the Missouri Association of School Nurses as well as to the St. Louis Suburban School Nurses Association. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2004. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association.

Ashley Bell, MSN, RN, OCN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
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.

Tara Hommelson, MSN, RN, CPNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tara Hommelson has worked as a registered nurse since 2008. Her nursing background includes pediatric medical-surgical, pediatric hematology and oncology, and pediatric research. Additionally, she is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked with adolescent medicine and pediatric plastic surgery patients in this capacity. She began teaching Bachelor of Science in nursing students in 2015. Tara earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in 2008 from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri and her master of science in nursing (MSN) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008. In 2013, she was awarded the Shirley A. Martin Distinguished Nurse Award. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Missouri League for Nursing.

Dr. Kathy Roseland, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Kathy Roseland has worked as a Registered Nurse since 2006. Her nursing experience includes home health care, medical-surgical, geriatric, and staff development. She was trained in simulation in 2015 and has worked as the Simulation Coordinator for an acute care facility and in the role of nursing instructor. Roseland is a graduate of Chamberlain University where she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in education in 2013 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2016. She is licensed in Missouri and Georgia. Roseland was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing in 2015. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the National League for Nursing.

Regina Stolzer

Administrative Assistant to the Dean 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.