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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

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The accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program allows students, who have completed pre-requisites either at MBU or another institution, to obtain their BSN in as little as 12 months.

Courses for the ABSN are taught in MBU’s state-of-the-art School of Nursing, located in the Walker Medical Building neighboring MBU’s main campus. The 8,000-plus square feet space has been transformed into an innovative learning space, which includes a simulation lab, technology-equipped training classrooms and community meeting areas. Students must complete the pre-requisite courses to be considered for this program. 


REQUIREMENTS

Grade B or higher in the following:
– Pathophysiology
– Intro to Chemistry
– Anatomy & Physiology I
– Anatomy & Physiology II
– Microbiology
Minimum College GPA: 3.2
Admission Policy Details

QUICK FACTS

24 Students Accepted
Next Start Date: June 2023
Program Length: 12-months
Priority Admission Date: February 2022
Cost Per Credit Hour: $560


WHY MBU?

  • 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 Apple iPad 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.

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

FAQ

  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.

  1. 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.
  2. When can I apply?

Direct Entry applications will open on October 1 and close on December 1 of each year for admission the following academic year. Students will be notified no later than December 20 of the decision.
 Junior Entry applications will open on December 1 and 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.

  1. How many clinical hours will I have during the BSN 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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