Arkansas State University offers a traditional BSN option for students with no prior nursing experience, a second Bachelor's degree accelerated option; an LPN-to-BSN option for those who have completed an accredited LPN program and hold a valid LPN license; and the RN-to-BSN option for those who have successfully completed an accredited associate program or diploma program and hold a valid RN license.
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.