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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing


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 RN to BSN degree option is designed to give licensed registered nurses who have accumulated at least 1,000 hours working as an RN the opportunity to advance their education and career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The RN to BSN option prepares students for the complex challenges facing our nation's health care system. The course work may be completed in as little as 12 months depending on required support courses previously earned.

Educational Mobility

The School of Nursing Faculty are committed to the concept of educational mobility and have provided a variety of approaches for registered nurses (RN) to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


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.


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

Undergraduate Bulletin Page Numbers
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 356-357
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 365-366
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 348-349
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  • Admission Criteria

    Admission Criteria

    Candidates for the RN to BSN program must meet the following criteria:

    • Current unencumbered RN license
    • Current malpractice insurance policy (minimum: $1,000,000/ $6,000,000 coverage).
    • Overall 2.5 GPA
    • Grade of "C" or better is required in English, Math and Science courses
    • Prerequisite courses may be completed online through A-STATE
    • If you were born in a foreign country you must meet English proficiency standards - See Undergraduate English Proficiency Standards
    • Current immunization status: MMR, HepB, Tetanus, TB (PPD or CXR)
    • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card (including adult, child, and infant)

    • The following signed forms:
      • Current Nursing Student Handbook
      • College of Nursing and Health Professions Code of Honor
      • Student Confidentiality Contract
      • Substance Abuse Compliance Contract


    Students admitted will be required to supply electronic documentation of the above items. All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of your program. Documentation should be emailed to academicpartnerships@astate.edu  

    Candidate Affirmation

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

  • Application Process

    How to Apply

    To apply for the RN to BSN option, candidates should follow the below steps:

    1. Submit application for admission to the RN to BSN program. The application is available on this page under "Apply to A-STATE"
    2. Apply for admission to A-State Online Services.  If you are a new user click the “First time user account creation” tab and you will be given directions on how to set up your online account.
    3. Submit all transcripts from all universities you have attended, as well as other required documents to:

    Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
    A-State Online Services
    PO Box 2520
    State University, AR 72467

    Applicants will be ranked based upon cumulative GPA with consideration for Spanish proficiency.

  • Curriculum

    Online Courses and Reduced Clinical Hours

    To facilitate movement through the BSN curriculum, a specially designed option has been developed for registered nurses. The RN to BSN option features reduced nursing clinical hours, and clinical experiences are designed to accommodate individual learning goals. The length of study depends on previous college credits and courses needed to fulfill BSN requirements. Most RNs with an associate degree can complete the BSN program in two years of full-time study.

    RN to BSN Nursing courses (NRS/NRSP) are available online in order to provide more flexibility for students.

    Capstone Class

    The RN to BSN Capstone course is the clinical component of the program and is designed to facilitate individual professional development. Students work with faculty to achieve individual learning goals through the capstone course.


For additional questions, please contact the RN to BSN Coordinator, Sarah Davidson at sarahdavidson@astate.edu.  

Accredited by ACEN

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

The BSN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.