Hannibal-LaGrange University Nursing School Review

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU), formerly known as Hannibal–LaGrange College, is an “unapologetically Christian” University, deeply connected to the Missouri Baptist Convention. As a church university, it gives more emphasis on liberal arts studies in comparison to other universities. The university was founded in 1858 and was then located in LaGrange before relocating to its current site above the Mississippi River in Hannibal. Most of the students in the university are of the Baptist faith but students from other denominations have minor representation.

Nursing Programs- Hannibal –LaGrange University

The nursing department, under the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at Hannibal-LaGrange University has two nursing programs for offer. The programs; an associate and a baccalaureate program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Missouri State Board on Nursing.  The Baccalaureate in nursing is a completion program, hence does not admit pre-licensure candidates. Licensed Practical Nurses can also join professional nursing by taking the LPN to RN exam. Detailed information of the two nursing programs is given below:

Associate of Science Nursing

The ASN degree at Hannibal-LaGrange University takes three years to complete. The curriculum, a combination of supporting and nursing courses are taken in the first and second years while nursing majors are covered in the third year. A total of 69 semester credits are required to complete the program to be eligible to graduate with an Associate of Science in nursing degree. Students can also apply to write the NLEX-RN hence licensure as registered nurses, but this is not guaranteed.


Licensed practical nurses can be enrolled into the ASN program at Hannibal-LaGrange University if they meet the outlined requirements. Such include providing an official transcript with an average score of grade C. Graduates must be from a state recognized LPN program and must show proof of relevant working experience in addition having an active, unrestricted LPN license.

 Bachelor of Science Nursing

This is not a traditional nursing program; rather, it is a completion program for registered nurses who already hold a diploma of associate degree in nursing. The BSN candidates at Hannibal-LaGrange University are therefore required to have completed all nursing and supporting courses listed in the Associate of Science in nursing program curriculum. Candidates who meet those requirements are eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science in nursing program; otherwise, they must complete the entire ASN curriculum prior to applying.

Following admission, students must complete a summer session entailing one chemistry course, after which, they enter the nursing program. The nursing program consist of general education and nursing courses taken along with upper division major nursing courses until completion of the second year . In between the first and second year of the BSN, students must take a mandatory summer session of two nursing courses comprising of eight semester credits. A total of 59 nursing and liberal arts credit hours are required at this upper division level to be eligible for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Hannibal-LaGrange University
2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal,
MO 63401