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Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

(AASN)

At the associate degree level, emphasis is placed on providing and managing direct care to individuals with common well defined problems. The associate degree 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. ASU offers two Associate Degree programs:

LPN-AASN Option

The LPN-AASN program provides upward mobility for the LPN to receive an Associate Degree and become a Registered Nurse and is offered at the following campuses:

LPN-RN Program

The primary mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare students for beginning practice as registered nurses. 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.  

At the associate degree level, emphasis is placed on providing and managing direct care to individuals with common well-defined problems. The associate degree 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.

Program Information


The School of Nursing affirms that all students enrolled in the Associate 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.

Associate in Applied Science

Traditional AASN Program


This program is designed for students  with no previous experience as a licensed nurse. Students are required to be certified as a Nursing Assistant (CNA).  The School of Nursing offers the traditional AASN program in its entirety at the following campuses:

The primary mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare students for beginning practice as registered nurses. 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 in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) graduate is prepared to give secondary care which focuses on illness that is common and recurrent. Nursing care for this level of illness is well standardized. Nurses giving this care are not specialized, and are defined as  generalists  in  attending  to illnesses  that  are  usual,  readily diagnosed, and relatively predictable in terms of outcome.

Program Information


The AASN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org.  Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and, after passing the examination, is licensed as a Registered Nurse by the state(s) to which application is made.

NCLEX First Time Pass Rate (2013):  AASN 95%


The professional portion of  the curriculum is four semesters in length, beginning in the spring semester.   Students completing this program receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree.  A variety of the area health care facilities are utilized for clinical education.