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Nursing

Traditional AASN

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


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Degree Availability

The professional portion of the curriculum is four (4) semesters in length, beginning in the spring semester, and is only offered at ASU Mountain Home, ASU Beebe and ASU MidSouth in West Memphis.

Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) graduate is prepared to provide and manage direct care to individuals with common well-defined problems. The AASN 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

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

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

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  • Prerequisites

    PRE-PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM

    Required Courses

    The courses required prior to acceptance into the AASN degree program can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

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

    Applicants for admission will be ranked according to application completeness, the GPA of the 10 hours of prerequisites and admission test score. Consideration will be given to students completing prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall semester.

    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. 

    Online applications will be available August 31st - October 1st.

    Applicants Must Complete

    1. Admission to Arkansas State University
    2. Online application for Admission to the School of Nursing available August 31st.  (Application checklist) 
    3. Take the HESI A2 admission exam click here for 2019 Schedule.Payment for admission exam is non-refundable. You are only allowed to take admission exam once per academic year. Admission exam is a timed exam, with a 3-hour time limit and will cover three sections - Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension and Anatomy & Physiology.
    4. Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts showing all college work completed, including grades on courses taken in the last semester of enrollment to the Office of Admissions.  
    5. Submit with application a list of currently enrolled prerequisite coursework.
    6. Certification of CNA from the Office of Long Term Care by October 1st.
    7. Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable.

    Questions?

    For questions or for more information, contact the campus you are applying to:

    ASU Beebe
    Attention: Debbie Holmberg
    PO Box 1000, Beebe AR 72012
    (501) 882-8891

    ASU Mountain Home
    Attention: Tammy Daffron 
    1600 S College St, Mountain Home AR 72653
    (870) 508-6113

    ASU MidSouth
    Attention: Cathy Rech
    2000 W Broadway, West Memphis AR 72301
    (870) 733-6031

    A-State Jonesboro
    Ms. Jenafer Wray, Pre-Nursing Advisor
    870-972-3074.
    Note: The Traditional AASN program is not available on the Jonesboro campus.

    * All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of the program. Students admitted will be required to supply additional documentation including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test or chest x-ray and proof of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$3,000,000). Criminal background check may be required.

  • Application: Traditional

    Admission Exam

    admission testing will be required. Test dates and times are listed below.

    Effective Fall 2015, admission testing will have a 3 hour time limit. Do not pay for an exam unless you are making application to a Nursing Program. The payment is non-refundable. You may only test once per admission cycle. 

    Exam Dates

    Click here The exam dates for next enrollment period.

    Study Guide

    A study guide is available from Elsevier for the HESI A2 exam.

    Note: Effective Spring 2019, the following exams will be administered for the traditional AASN program, Critical Thinking,  Reading Comprehension and Anatomy & Physiology.  

    Program Application

    Program applications for the Traditional AASN program will be available August 31st - October 1st.

  • Application: Readmit / Transfer

    For students seeking readmission to an ASU Nursing program or you would like to transfer to ASU from another School of Nursing:

    Testing

    Students seeking readmission or transferring from another school to the AASN or BSN 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.

    2019 Testing Dates

    Test Dates for Spring 2019 Readmission:  Please select one test date.  Reminder, if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt, you will have one more attempt (September 21 is the LAST date for Spring readmissions).

    For Beebe and West Memphis applicants (exam given on the Jonesboro Campus only) (Times are 1-5): 

    1. Friday, August 3, 2018      (deadline is NOON, on Friday, July 2018) 
    2. Friday, September 7, 2018 (deadline is NOON on Friday, August 24, 2018)
    3. Friday, September 21, 2018 (final date for readmission-do not schedule as your first attempt-payment deadline is NOON on Friday, September 7, 2018) 

     For Mountain Home candidates only (times are 8-12):  

    • Tuesday, September 12, 2018    (deadline is NOON Friday, August 31, 2018)
    • Friday, September 28, 2018  (deadline is NOON Friday, September 14, 2018)

    Payment of exam must be made before exam will be ordered! The registration/payment deadline is approximately 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 transfers and readmission will be available (Fall) April 30th - June 15th and (Spring) August 31st - October 1st.

  • Licensure Information

    RN Licensure

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

    A first-time applicant for any license with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will be required to have a state and national 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 or on the nursing website.


Affirmation

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.

Accredited by ACEN

ACEN LogoThe 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, www.nlnac.org.

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