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Nursing - 2nd Degree Accelerated

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: March 15


Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers students who have earned a Bachelors degree in another field the opportunity to complete an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option. The course of study for the BSN degree is completed in 13 months (see Plan of Study). 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.


  • All prerequisite course work, including Bachelor degree earned, must be completed by the end of the Spring semester for Summer admission to the program. 


  • Beginning Spring 2015, student selection will be based on prerequisite GPA, HESI A2 admission exam (reading comprehension, math and vocabulary) and interview with special consideration for those with Spanish proficiency and/or a degree in a clinical health care field.


Tuition and fees for this program will be $18,020 with a portion paid each enrollment period.  Please note that this cost DOES NOT include books ($1000), uniforms ($60), malpractice insurance ($30), licenses expense ($330), assessment tests ($99) and attendance at student nurses convention and disciplinary hearing ($155).  The cost of these items will be additional.  Approximate costs are in parenthesis.


  • Prerequisites



    • Earned Bachelors degree
    • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or better
    • If you were born in a foreign country, test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 83 on the Internet based test
    • English Composition I and II
    • Program required lab sciences (see advisor for substitutions for science courses)
               -BIO 2203/2201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab
               -BIO 2223/2221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
               -BIO 2103/2101 Microbiology and Lab
               -CHEM 1043/1041 Fund. Concepts of Chemistry and Lab
               -CHEM 1052 Fund. Concepts of Organic & Biochemistry
    • Principles of Sociology
    • Intro to Psychology 
    • 3 credit hour statistics course
    • US History or US Government
    • College Algebra

    English Composition I English Composition II, College Algebra and the five sciences with labs must be completed with a "C" or better.

  • Admission Process

    Application Procedure

    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.

    Beginning Spring 2015, applicants for admission will be ranked based upon prerequisite GPA, HESI A2 Admission exam (reading comprehension, math, vocabulary sections) and interview with consideration for Spanish proficiency and/or a degree in a clinical health care field.

    1.  Apply for admission to ASU as undergraduate post-degree for Summer term.  Contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 382-3030 or (870) 972-3024 for information or online at http://admissions.astate.edu

    2.  Apply for admission to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN program. Application will be available on the School of Nursing website January 15

     3.  Submit the following by the March 15 deadline:

    • Completed Second Degree Accelerated BSN Application
    • Take the HESI A2 Admission exam (reading comprehension, math and vocabulary sections). Testing dates will be posted on the School of Nursing webpage (see below). For additional information, email Brenda Goodwin.
    • Official (sealed) transcripts of ALL college work completed.  These MUST be attached to the nursing application.
    • If you have previously attended a nursing program that 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.
    • Documentation of English Proficiency, if applicable. 

    4.  Applicants will be contacted regarding interview scheduling after the application deadline.

    All application material must be postmarked by March 15 for Summer admission.  INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applications are reviewed after the application deadline and are NOT reviewed on a first come, first served basis.


    Submit documents to: Arkansas State University, School of Nursing, Attn:  Carla McCain,  2nd Degree Accelerated BSN Admissions Committee, PO Box 910, State University, AR 72467

    Hand deliver to:  College of Nursing Health Professions Building, Room 203 

    See School of Nursing website for additional information:  http://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 license by 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 a license.  The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website at www.arsbn.org or on the Nursing website.

  • 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., 3433 Peachtree Road, 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.