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LPN to AASN Option (Online)

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (A.A.S.N.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Degree Availability

The LPN to AASN Online Option is only available on the Jonesboro Campus.

Beginning Fall 2017, the A-State School of Nursing is offering an online alternative for LPN's working in acute or long term care who wish to attain their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  All courses will be taught in seven week terms beginning in the fall semester and ending with the second summer term in August.  All didactic courses will be delivered online, with the clinical component in a more "traditional" environment.  Clinical hours will be held on selected weekends throughout each term in Jonesboro area health care facilities.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

Undergraduate Bulletin Page Numbers
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 360-361
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 369-370
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 352-353
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    Prerequisite requirements for application to the ONLINE LPN to AASN degree program include:

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 including all college credits
    • Must be an Arkansas resident
    • A current unencumbered LPN license to practice in Arkansas is required for application to the AASN degree program.
    • Proof of employment in an acute or long term care facility. See below Validation of Work Experience

    Prerequisites include the following courses:

    • BIO 2203 AND 2201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
    • BIO 2223 AND 2221, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
    • PSY 2013, Introduction to Psychology
    • ENG 1003, Composition I
    • MATH 1023, College Algebra (or MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as a prerequisite)
    • NRS 2392, Health Assessment
    • NRSP 2391, Health Assessment Practicum
    The required courses can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.
    All required courses must be completed with a minimum "C" in each course.
    ALL prerequisite courses MUST be completed by July 1.

    Admission Criteria:
    • Overall 2.5 GPA
    • LPN currently employed at an acute or long term care facility
    • Must reside in the state of Arkansas. Submit proof of residency (Arkansas Driver's License or other recent government issued document containing address emailed to Brenda Goodwin at bgoodwin@astate.edu 
    • Must hold unencumbered PN license from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    To apply, submit the following by April 15th: (Due to COVID-19, deadline is extended to May 15 for 2020 only)

    1. Apply for admission to A-State.
    2. Apply for admission to the Online LPN-AASN program. The application is available February 15 - April 15, 2020. Click here for application
    3. Official transcripts of ALL college work must be submitted to the Registrar’s office.
    4. Validation of work experience (The applicant must provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.  (Acute or long-term care experience desired, i.e., hospital or nursing home)
    5. Take the required admission Assessments: 
    • The HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam is a 75-item comprehensive exam designed to be used for currently Licensed Practical/Vocational nurses seeking entrance into an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The exam measures competencies across the PN/VN content areas including: fundamentals, pediatric nursing, maternity, professional issues, medical-surgical and psychiatric/mental illness issues.  Testing dates for 2020-21 is now closed and dates for 2021-22 will be posted at a later date. For additional information, email Brenda Goodwin.  Payment for the LPN-ADN  Entrance Exam is non-refundable. Information regarding admission testing can be found here.
    • Smarter Measure Online Readiness Assessment: This online readiness tool helps indicate the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for the student.  This assessment requires students to answer questions and complete a few activities.  It takes about 35 minutes to complete.  Competencies measured are:  reading rate and recall, technical competency, technical knowledge, typing speed and accuracy.    Username:  LPN-AASN  Password:  online

    6.  Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable

    7.  Spanish Proficiency:  Spanish proficiency is not required for application but may enhance the applicant’s overall score. Students must  prove their proficiency by taking the ACTFL – OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Students must forward the results to the School of                      Nursing prior to February 1st.  

    8.  Students are required to have three academic or professional references to complete the Student Recommendation Form. 

    9.  If you have previously attended a RN nursing program you did not complete, you MUST have the program Dean/Director send a letter stating your standing when you left the program. This letter must be in the nursing office by the application deadline.

    10. Applications will be ranked for admission by prerequisite GPA, LPN-ADN Entrance, Online Learning Readiness assessment, recommendations (Student Recommendation Forms), skills validation, and interview, with special consideration for those with Spanish proficiency.

    11. Due to COVID-19, Interviews have been cancelled for 2020-21. 

    12. Due to COVID-19, Skills validation have been cancelled for 2020-21. 



    All application materials must be received by April 15th. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications are reviewed after the application deadline and preference is not given for early submission.  

    Application checklist

    Applicants will be contacted regarding interview scheduling after the application deadline


    Limited Availability

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Student selection will be based on prerequisite GPA, LPN-ADN Entrance Exam, Online Learning Readiness assessment, recommendations (Student Recommendation Forms), and interview, with special consideration for those with Spanish Proficiency. 


    Additional Documentation

    Students admitted will be required to supply additional documentation, including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B   immunizations, TB skin test or chest x-ray, tetanus and MMR and proof of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$6,000,000).

    Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students admitted to professional programs that lead to licensure upon graduation are required to have a successful background check to complete formal admission. 



  • Work Experience

    The applicant must provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.  (Acute or long-term care experience desired, i.e., hospital or nursing home) Click here for Employer Documentation of work experience.



    Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

    A first-time applicant for any license by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will have a state and national criminal 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

  • Readmission Process

    For students seeking readmission to the LPN-AASN Nursing program:


    Students seeking readmission to the LPN-RN nursing programs are required to pass a standardized test created from the objectives of the courses successfully completed in previous semesters.

    Criteria for readmission to the undergraduate nursing programs includes:

    • Complete readmission packet;
    • Recommendation of faculty;
    • Passing score (75%) on the standardized assessment test(s) of courses previously passed;
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0; and
    • Space availability in the class

    Readmission applications and information on scheduling a testing date are located on the School of Nursing website each semester.

    The cost of the readmission test is $50.00 and will be the responsibility of the student.

    2020 Testing Dates

    Test Dates for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Readmission are listed below.  Please select one test date.  Reminder, if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt, you will have one more attempt.

    Test dates for Fall 2020.  Test times are 9:00-1:00 pm and will be held on the Jonesboro Campus for applicants:

    • Friday, April 3, 2020 (deadline to pay is NOON on Friday, March 20, 2020)
    • Friday, May 1, 2020 (deadline to pay is NOON on Friday, April 17, 2020)
    • Friday, May 29, 2020 (deadline to pay is Noon on Friday, May 15, 2020 - DO NOT schedule as your 1st attempt - this is the final date for readmission testing 
    Payment of exam must be made before exam will be ordered! The registration/payment deadline is two weeks before test date.  Link for online payment/registration for readmission exam is  https://secure.touchnet.net/C20019_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=6&CATID=31

    Program Application

    Program applications for transfer and readmission will be available (Fall) April 30th - June 7th, (Spring) August 31st - October 1st, and (Summer) February 15th - April 15th

  • Program Statistics

    AASN Pass Rates

    • 2019 - 91.4%
    • 2018 - 81.1%
    • 2017 - 81.9%

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


The AASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000, https://www.acenursing.org/.

The AASN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing  ACEN Logo