Welcome to Arkansas State University!
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: June 15th


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.

  • Prerequisites

    BSN Admission Requirements

    Students must have at least 30 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above completed by the application deadline (June 15th)

    The following courses must be completed with a "C" or higher prior to the application deadline:

    • ENG 1003 Composition I
    • ENG 1013 Composition II
    • MATH 1023 College Algebra
    • PSY 2013 Intro to Psychology
    • HIST 2763 or 2773 U.S. History to/since 1876 OR POSC 2103 U.S. Government
    • BIO 2203/2201  Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab
    • BIO 2223/2221  Human Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab

    Courses below may be substituted for the above sciences:

    • BIO 2103/2101  Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health & Lab
    • CHEM 1043/1041  Fundamental of Concepts of Chemistry & Lab

    All prerequisite course work must be completed by the June 15th application deadline

    Consideration will be given for Spanish proficiency

    English Proficiency requirements if applicable



  • Admission Process

    BSN Application Procedure and Deadlines

    *All applications and transcripts must be received by June 15 to be considered for admission.

    Please note that class size is limited and that all applicants may not be accepted into the program.

    • Apply for admission to ASU:  http://admissions.astate.edu/
    • Take the required admission exam
    • Applications for the BSN program will be available online April 30.  All applications must be submitted  online.   For application information click on Program application link.  

    Applicants must submit all transfer coursework to the ASU Jonesboro Registrar's Office by May 25th.  DO NOT submit official transcripts to the School of Nursing

    NOTE:  When admitted to the BSN program, students will be required to supply additional documentation including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test or chest x-ray, Tetanus and MMR.  (These are NOT required for initial application)

    NOTE:  All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of your program. 

    NOTE:  Applicants will be ranked for admission by cumulative GPA, and admission exam score.  

    See School of Nursing website for additional information:  http;//www.astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/

  • Additional Information

    Upon completion of the BSN program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  A first time applicant for any licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will have a state and national criminal background check.  Any offense 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 a license.  A complete list of criminal acts that prevent licensure as a registered nurse can be found at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website (www.arsbn.org) and on the nursing website.  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).

    Students may be subject to criminal background checks if required by the clinical agency for placement with the costs borne by the student. 

    For additional questions, please contact Jenafer Wray, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at jwray@astate.edu or call 870-972-3074.

  • 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 BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite #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.