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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: October 1


Associate in Applied Science in Nursing 

The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate, enhance and enrich students for evolving professional nursing practice.  Arkansas State University's nursing programs are committed to quality education and to meeting the unique needs of northern and eastern Arkansas and the surrounding area. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) graduate is prepared to provide and manage direct care to individuals with common well-defined problems.  The AASN graduate functions as a team member using nursing diagnoses and established protocols for individuals in acute care and community-based settings.  Additionally, the graduate participates as a member of the profession in appropriate specialty and politically focused nursing organizations

The professional portion of the curriculum is four (4) semesters in length, beginning in the spring semester, and is offered at ASU Mountain Home, ASU Beebe and Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.  Students completing this degree will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree. 

  • Prerequisites



    The following 10 semester credits with a minimum "C" in each course and a CGPA of 2.00 (including all college credits) are required prior to acceptance into the AASN degree program.  A 2.0 prerequisite GPA does not guarantee entrance into the program.  A grade of "C" or higher is required in each course.

    BIO 2203  Human Anatomy & Physiology I  (3 hrs)
    BIO 2201  Lab for Human Anatomy & Physiology I  (1 hr)
    MATH 1023  College Algebra  (3 hrs)
    ENG 1003  Composition I (3 hrs)
    Total hours:  10

    The following are required support courses that may be taken during the nursing program or they may be taken before entering the program.

    BIO 2223  Human Anatomy & Physiology II  (3 hrs)
    BIO 2221  Lab for Human Anatomy & Physiology II  (1 hr)
    BIO 2103  Microbiology for Nursing & Health Professions (3 hrs)
    BIO 2101  Lab for Microbiology for Nursing & Health Professions (1 hr)
    ENG 1013  Composition II
    HIST 2763 OR 2773  U.S. History to/since 1876 OR POSC 2103 Intro to U.S. Government
    CS 1043  Intro to Computers OR CIT 1503  Microcomputers Applications
    English Proficiency requirements, if applicable (see website for details)



  • Admission Process

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.  Applicants for admission will be ranked according to application completeness, the GPA of the 10 hours of prerequisites and admission test score.  Consideration will be given to students completing prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall semester.  Online applications will be available August 31st on the School of Nursing webpage.  http://www.astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/

    Applicants must complete:

    1.  Admission to Arkansas State University; http://admissions.astate.edu

    2.  Online application for Admission to the School of Nursing

    3.  Take the admission exam.  See School of Nursing webpage for testing information.

    4.  Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts showing all college work completed, including grades on courses taken in the last semester of enrollment to the Office of Admissions.

    5.  Certification of CNA from the Office of Long Term Care by October 1st.  

    6.  Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable (see website for details)

    Online applications will be available August 31st through October 1st on the School of Nursing webpage.  For questions or for more information, contact the campus you are applying to.

    ASU Beebe, Attention: Debbie Holmberg
    PO Box 1000, Beebe AR 72012
    (501) 882-8891
    ASU Mountain Home, Attention:  Paula Thitoff
    1600 S College St, Mountain Home AR 72653
    (870) 508-6113
    Mid-South Community College, Attention:  Chevon Robinson
    2000 W Broadway, West Memphis AR 72301
    (870) 733-6031
    ASU Jonesboro:  Ms. Jenafer Wray, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at jwray@astate.edu or 870-972-3074. Note: the Traditional AASN program is not available on the Jonesboro campus.
    *All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of the program.  Students admitted will be required to supply additional documentation including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test or chest x-ray and proof of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$3,000,000). Criminal background check may be required.  See website for details.
     See School of Nursing website for additional information:  http://www.astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/
  • Additional Information

    Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  A first-time applicant for any license with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will be required to have a state and national background check.  Any offenses identified in section §17-87-312 of the Nurse Practice Act may prohibit a graduate from obtaining a license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Arkansas.  Although an appeal may be possible there are offenses that permanently disqualify an applicant from licensure.  The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website www.arsbn.org or on the nursing website.

    The School of Nursing affirms that all students enrolled in the AASN program must possess those intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty for safe professional practice.  The criteria are included in the Nursing Student Handbook and are attached to the application for admission.

  • Careers

    Career opportunities include a variety of work settings such as hospitals, clinics, home health environments, schools, industries, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and public health units.

  • Accreditations

    The AASN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Ste #850, Atlanta, GA 30326.  Telephone:  (404) 975-5000.  www.acenursing.org.  The program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

    Degree Plans

    Degree plans suggest a schedule of courses for students to follow as they pursue their degree.