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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.


A-State participates in the statewide articulation program for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and licensed psychiatric technician nurses (LPTN) seeking the BSN degree. LPNs and LPTNs may earn sophomore level credit by articulation.

After meeting prerequisites and grade requirements, LPNs apply for admission to junior level nursing courses, and can complete the BSN program in two years.

Educational Mobility

The School of Nursing faculty are committed to the concept of educational mobility and have provided a variety of approaches for the LPN 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; 354-355
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 363-364
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 346-347
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  • Prerequisites

    Required Courses

    The required courses that must be completed prior to your junior year can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

  • Application Process

    How to Apply 

    To apply for the LPN-BSN track, candidates should follow the below steps:

    1. Apply for admission to A-State. 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 LPN-BSN program. Applications will be available April 30 through June 7.
    3. Submit the following by the June 7 deadline:

    • Completed LPN-BSN Application
    • Take the required admission exam. Payment for admission exam is non-refundable. Click here for Dates and payment/registration information for Fall 2020 (TBA)
    • Official (sealed) transcripts of ALL college work completed. These MUST be attached to the application.
    • If you 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 mailed to the address below.
    • Validation of work experience, if applicable, must be completed by your employer and submitted in your place of employment's business envelope.  Envelope must be sealed and may be submitted with your application or mailed directly from your employer to the address below.

    Applicants who complete their LPN/LPTN program less than 12 months prior to application to the BSN program are not required to have work experience. If it has been 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.

    Submitting Your Application


    Submit documents to: Arkansas State University, School of Nursing, Attn: LPN-BSN Admissions Committee, PO Box 910, State University, AR 72467

    Hand Deliver

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


    All application material must be postmarked by June 7 for 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.

    Limited Availability

    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.

    Applicants for admission will be ranked based upon cumulative GPA with consideration for Spanish proficiency and/or a degree in a clinical health care field.

    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. 

  • Licensure Information

    Applying for RN Licensure

    Upon completion of the BSN program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse. A first time applicant for any licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will have a state and national criminal background check. Any offense 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. A complete list of criminal acts that prevent licensure as a registered nurse can be found at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website (www.arsbn.org) and on the nursing website. If students have any reason to believe that they may be ineligible to write the NCLEX-RN, they should discuss this matter with someone knowledgeable about nursing laws and/or contact the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).


For additional questions, please contact Tyler Long, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at tylong@astate.edu or call 870-972-3074.

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.