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Missouri Board of Nursing gives initial approval for MBU to offer nursing program beginning in January

The Missouri State Board of Nursing has granted Missouri Baptist University initial approval to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

The unanimous decision was made May 23 during the Board’s quarterly meeting in Jefferson City. Pending a successful site visit later this year, MBU will begin offering nursing courses in January 2018.

“Today’s decision marked a critical juncture as MBU pursues approval for its pre-licensure nursing program,” said Dr. Amber Pyatt, MBU’s founding dean of nursing. “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.”

The application process will open July 1, 2017.  Click here to learn more about the BSN program and to request information about the program.  Prospective students will be evaluated on GPA in addition to experiences and attributes related to success in nursing. Prospective students will apply for the nursing program upon completing pre-nursing coursework at MBU or another higher education institution. High school seniors will be able to apply for Early Admission before completing all of the required pre-nursing coursework at Missouri Baptist University.

MBU’s School of Nursing will be located in the Walker Medical Building, which neighbors MBU’s main campus. Today’s initial approval gives the University the go-ahead to begin the renovation of 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.

All students in the MBU School of Nursing will receive a laptop included in tuition to help foster innovative learning. In particular, “the use of technology will be important as students learn how to communicate relevant patient data, manage care, mitigate error, and support clinical judgment and evidence-based nursing practice,” Pyatt said.

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.

The nursing curriculum will prepare students spiritually, intellectually and professionally through a foundation of liberal arts education. The BSN program will utilize a conceptual approach to teach students about health, illness and the patient-centered provision of nursing care. Attention will be given to current local, state, national and global health incidence and prevalence statistics.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go towww.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.