Operating under the motto “Scientia ad Serviendum,” or “Knowledge for Service,” Hannibal-LaGrange College (HLG) seeks to become one of the foremost Christian institutes of higher education in Missouri and the Midwest region. Hannibal-LaGrange is well on its way, taking advantage of cutting edge technology to offer distance learning degrees online. Although Hannibal-LaGrange is new to distance learning, they have a rich educational history and a strong reputation. Hannibal-LaGrange College was founded in LaGrange, Missouri by the Missouri Baptist Convention in 1858, and moved to its present-day location in Hannibal, Missouri in 1928. Today, Hannibal-LaGrange has a student body of over 1100 students, and offers small classes with a 14:1 student:professor ratio.
For the past 5 years, Hannibal-LaGrange College has received the Courts Redford Award for Excellence, receiving 1st place in 2007 and again in 2010, for mobilizing students with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). As a part of fulfilling its motto and mission, Hannibal-LaGrange College offers its students not only degrees but “missional” opportunities for service, both domestically and abroad. Students are encouraged to participate in missions through NAMB immediately following the Spring semester. This is commonly done during the “Maymester” or during their Christmas or Spring Breaks. Now, students and working professionals can gain knowledge for service in the fields of nursing and education at their fingertips thanks to Hannibal-LaGrange’s distance learning opportunities.
Hannibal-LaGrange now allows Registered Nurses (RN) at the associate’s or diploma level to obtain their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing through the RN to BSN program offered through distance learning online. Students will need to complete 56 credits of foundational coursework, as well as 33 credits of core coursework in Nursing. Examples of foundational courses include coursework in Science, Psychology and Social Sciences, Math, and Arts and Humanities. Examples of core coursework for Nursing students includes Health Assessment, Geriatric Nursing, Nutrition, Research, and Community Health. Some students find that they can complete the program in as little as 1 year!
Additionally, Hannibal-LaGrange offers an Endorsement in Special Education for certified teachers in Missouri who wish to further their career with a specialization in Special Education. In order to qualify for this program, students must have or be in the process of obtaining the Missouri Early Childhood certification. Students must complete 15 credits of coursework in Special Education in order to receive the Endorsement. Examples of courses include Special Education Process, Communication Disorders, and Implementing and Evaluating Interventions.
The flexible distance learning format makes distance learning at Hannibal-LaGrange College an excellent option for working professionals in nursing and education. Courses are offered concurrently in 8-12 week semesters, and allow students to work at their own pace. Tuition and fees are approximately $8,000 per semester for full-time students, and scholarships and student loans are available to those who qualify. Although many scholarships require students to attend classes on campus, there is a renewable Achievement Award of $3000 available to students who qualify based on their previous GPA and SAT/ACT scores.