Regular Track


The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program consists of two academic years and is a competitively ranked program. Admission to the program is by application and based on an objective ranking score and committee selection (see Ranking Score Computation). The program course requirements are shown below.

The MSU-West Plains ASN program offers a Spring semester program starting in January and a Fall semester program starting in August. 

To be considered for acceptance into the nursing program, your applicant file must contain all required documentation, including transcripts and test scores, by the appropriate program application deadline. You must also meet all of the required admissions criteria. Start your application process early so you will receive the proper advisement.

The online application form is located in the MSU-West Plains My Grizzly Den student portal under the Student Resources card. The application cycles opens on May 1st for the Spring and November 1st for the Fall programs. See How to Apply to the Nursing Program.

Students who successfully complete the program will obtain an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The 66-hour nursing degree program consists of courses in liberal arts, science and nursing. The nursing courses include lecture and on-campus simulation laboratory experiences, along with relevant clinical practicums provided at health care facilities located in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.

For more information about the nursing program or to set up an appointment to meet with the nursing admissions coordinator, please contact the nursing admissions office:, (417)255-7739

Associate of Science in Nursing Curriculum (Regular Track)

Nursing Program Application Eligibility Prerequisite Course - BMS 110

BMS 110-Introduction to Biomedical Sciences: Must be either in progress of or completed with a 'C' grade or better by the appropriate nursing program application deadline unless they have completed an equivalent course at another institution or BMS 267 Human Anatomy or an equivalent course such as A&P 1 with a “C” grade or higher.

MTH 130 or higher eligibility must be established by the program start. Eligibility is established through a math placement test score or completion of MTH 103 Intermediate Algebra or an equivalent course, with a 'C' grade or better or lower level math courses as required to bring you to MTH 130 or higher eligibility. Placement scores must be received by the application deadline or proof of in-progress coursework that will give the applicant MTH 130 or higher eligibility by the program start must be provided such as an in-progress transcript.

ENG 110-English Writing I eligibility must be established by the application deadline and English 110 or its equivalent must be completed by the program start. At MSU-West Plains, eligibility is established through the English Self-Directed Placement Survey and an reading placement exam score of 18 or higher on the ACT, 81 or higher on the COMPASS, 85 or higher on the ACCUPLACER, or 256 or higher on the Next Generation placement exam.

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Program is a 66 credit hour, selective admission program that consists of two academic years. Students who successfully complete the program may apply to the Missouri State Board of Nursing to determine eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Applicants accepted into the ASN program may begin classes in August if ENG 110 Writing I, BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences, MTH 130 (or higher) placement, and PSY 121 Introductory Psychology have been completed or show in progress of. Applicants may begin the nursing program without PSY121 if permission is obtained from the Nursing Department prior to the start of nursing courses. The Nursing Department strongly urges students to complete any or all of the general education requirements (as indicated with an *) of the ASN degree prior to the start of nursing courses.

Associate of Science in Nursing Curriculum - Regular Track

Year 1 - Semester 1 Credit Hours
NUR 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 7
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4*
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4*
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology (if needed) 3*
Year 1 - Semester 2 Credit Hours
NUR 101 Adult Medical - Surgical Nursing I 8
NUR 201 Mental Health Nursing 3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3*
Year 2 - Semester 3 Credit Hours
NUR 204 Adult Medical - Surgical Nursing II 9
NUR 202 Pharmacology 3
Year 2 - Semester 4 Credit Hours
NUR 212 Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 9
NUR 220 Current trends and Issues in Nursing (capstone course) 3
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877  OR
  • HST 122 US History Since 1877  OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Credit Breakdown (66 hours for the ASN) Credit Hours
Prerequisite Courses 10
General Education Courses 14
Nursing Courses 42
Nursing (AS) Degree Credit Hours
Total Hours Required 66