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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.

Available Options

  • Traditional BSN

    The traditional BSN is for students with no prior nursing experience.

  • 2nd Bachelors Degree Accelerated

    The 2nd Bachelors Degree Accelerated option allows individuals who have earned a Bachelors Degree in another field the opportunity to complete the course of study for a BSN Degree in one year.

  • RN to BSN

    The RN to BSN option is specially designed for registered nurses. The option features reduced nursing clinical hours, and clinical experiences are designed to accommodate individual learning goals. The length of study depends on previous college credits and courses needed to fulfill BSN requirements. Most RNs with an associate degree can complete the BSN program in two years of full-time study.

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