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.

Where Nurses Work chart and graph

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

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

Both tracks have one admission application cycle per year from June 1 to February 1. Separate applications must be made to both the university and to the nursing program. Access the nursing program application online through My Grizzly Den. 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 § 335.066, 2 (1-15) RSMo. A copy of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act § 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
Division Chair of Nursing &
Allied Health;
Director of Nursing;
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Looney Hall L212
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775