Nursing Student

Associate of Science in Nursing

Why study nursing?

  • Our program teaches you to develop critical thinking skills and technical skills needed to succeed in nursing.
  • Our program offers a variety of community partnerships and opportunities for our students to experience as many levels of nursing as possible in this area.
  • Our graduates routinely secure employment before graduation.

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Two tracks lead to an Associate of Science in Nursing degree:

  • Regular track takes two academic years and two summers.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)-to-RN track takes one academic year and one summer for qualified LPNs.

Both tracks have one admission cycle per year. Application must be made to both the University and the nursing program. Access the nursing program application or contact the nursing department before the annual February 1 application deadline. Admission to the program is by application and committee selection.

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and has continued accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

 Successful completion of the nursing program does not guarantee licensure. Applicants may be denied licensure in Missouri for one or any combination of causes stated in the Missouri Nursing Practice Act Sect. 335.066, 2 (1-15) RSMo. A copy of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act Sect. 335-066, 2, (1-15) RSMo is available upon request to the Missouri State University-West Plains nursing department or may be obtained from the Missouri State Board of Nursing website.

Amy Ackerson

Department Head:

Amy Ackerson, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing &
Allied Health
Instructor of Nursing
Looney Hall L104
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 255-7245