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Nursing - LPN-to-AASN

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: June 15


LPN to AASN Option

The LPN-AASN option is designed to give licensed practical nurses the opportunity to advance their education and career by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree.  At the associate degree level, emphasis is placed on providing and managing direct care to individuals with common well-defined problems.  The associate degree 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.

  • Prerequisites

    LPN-to-AASN Curriculum

    The following 20 semester credits with a minimum "C" in each course, a CGPA of 2.00 including all college credits, acceptance to ASU and a current unencumbered LPN license to practice in Arkansas is required for application to the AASN degree program.

    Courses and Semester Hours


    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs)

    BIO 2201 Lab for Human and Physiology I (1 hr)

    BIO 2223 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hrs)

    BIO 2221 Lab for Human Anatomy and Physiology II (1 hr)


    MATH 1023 College Algebra (3 hrs)


    ENG 1003 Composition I (3 hrs)

    Computer Science
    CS 1043 Introduction to Computers or 
    CIT 1503 Microcomputer Applications (3 hrs)
    NRS 2392 Health Assessment (2 hrs)
    NRSP 2391 Health Assessment Practicum (1 hr)

    The following are required support courses that must be taken prior to or during the nursing program:

    ENG 1013 Composition II (3 hrs)

    HIST 2763 or HIST 2773 U.S. to/since 1876 or POSC 2013 Intro to US Government (3 hrs)

    BIO 2103 Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health (3 cr)

    BIO 2101 Lab for Microbiology for Nursing (1 cr)

    A "C" or higher is required in all coursework.

    Course substitutions are approved by the Registrar's office.  Link to ASU Transfer Equivalency Tool http://registrar.astate.edu/transfer-equivalency.php

    For more information contact: 

    ASU-Jonesboro: Jenafer Wray, Pre-Nursing Advisor; jwray@astate.edu; (870) 972-3074

    ASU-Beebe; Debbie Holmberg; dholmberg@asub.edu; (501) 882-8891

    ASU-Mountain Home: Paula Thitoff; pthitoff@asumh.edu; (870) 508-6113

    ASU-Mid-South Community College; Chevon Robinson; crobinson@astate.edu; (870)733-6031

  • Admission Process

    Application Information:

    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 the GPA of the 20 hours of prerequisites.

    Consideration for admission will be given to students completing the prerequisites by the end of Summer II.

    Application Procedure:

    1. Apply for admission to ASU.  http://admissions.astate.edu
    2. Apply for admission to the LPN-AASN program.  Application will be available on the School of Nursing website April 30th.
    3. Take the required admission exam. Information will be posted on the School of Nursing website.
    4. Submit the following by the June 15th deadline:
    • a.  Completed LPN-AASN application
    • b.  Official (sealed) transcripts of ALL college work completed.  These MUST be attached to the application.
    • c.  Letter of reference from the program director/chair of any previously attended, but not completed, nursing program (if applicable)
    • d.  Validation of work experience (if applicable)
    • e.  Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable

    All application materials must be received by June 15 for the fall semester.  INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applications are reviewed after the application deadline and preference is not given for early submission.

    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/$3,000,000).  Criminal background check may be required.  An unencumbered LPN license is to be maintained throughout the program.  All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current al all times during the course of the program. 

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

  • Additional Information

    The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate, enhance and enrich students for evolving professional nursing practice.  Arkansas State University's nursing programs are committed to quality education and to meeting the unique needs of northern and eastern Arkansas and the surrounding area.  The AASN program is offered at Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Beebe, West Memphis (MSCC) campuses.

    ASU participates in the statewide articulation program for LPNs and LPTNs seeking an AASN degree.  


    Applicants who complete their LPN/LPTN program less than 12 months prior to application to the AASN program are not required to have work experience.  If it is greater than 12 months since graduation, the applicant must provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.  For any questions concerning this information, applicants are encouraged to see a pre-nursing advisor.

    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.

    Upon completion on this program, the student 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) and also on the School of Nursing website.

  • Accreditations

    The AASN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30325.  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.