Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Arkansas State University offers a traditional BSN option for students with no prior nursing experience, a second Bachelor's degree accelerated option, an LPN-to-BSN option for those who have completed an accredited LPN program and hold a valid LPN License, and the RN-to-BSN option for those who have successfully completed an accredited associate program or diploma program and hold a valid RN License.
The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a professional who has acquired a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for practice. The role of a baccalaureate graduate is multifaceted and developed through extensive study in the areas of liberal education, professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development. This knowledge base prepares the beginning baccalaureate graduate to function as a provider of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. The baccalaureate graduate is also a member of the profession and a designer, manager and coordinator of care. Additionally, the baccalaureate prepared nurse has a background in teaching, research and management skills which lays the foundation for leadership positions and graduate education.
The BSN program is approved by the Arkansas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org
Upon completion of the BSN 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 was made.
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.
Students may be subject to criminal background checks if required by the clinical agency for placement with costs borne by the student. All persons seeking licensure as a nurse in Arkansas and most other states are required to undergo a criminal background check. Certain crimes (controlled substance use or sale, for instance) may make the applicant ineligible to write the state nursing examination (NCLEX-RN). A complete list of criminal acts that prevent licensure as a registered nurse can be found at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing web site (www.arsbn.org). If students have any reason to believe that they may be ineligible to write the NCLEX RN, they should discuss this matter with someone knowledgeable about nursing laws and/or contact the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).