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LPN to AASN Option (Online)

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (A.A.S.N.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Degree Availability

The LPN to AASN Online Option is only available on the Jonesboro Campus.

Beginning Fall 2017, the A-State School of Nursing is offering an online alternative for LPN's working in acute or long term care who wish to attain their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  All courses will be taught in seven week terms beginning in the fall semester and ending with the second summer term in August.  All didactic courses will be delivered online, with the clinical component in a more "traditional" environment.  Clinical hours will be held on selected weekends throughout each term in Jonesboro area health care facilities.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

Undergraduate Bulletin Reference
2021-22 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 393-394
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 368-369
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 360-361
Visit the bulletins page >>


    Prerequisite requirements for application to the ONLINE LPN to AASN degree program include:

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 including all college credits

    Prerequisites include the following courses:

    • BIO 2203 AND 2201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
    • BIO 2223 AND 2221, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
    • PSY 2013, Introduction to Psychology
    • ENG 1003, Composition I
    • MATH 1023, College Algebra (or MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as a prerequisite)
    • NRS 2392, Health Assessment
    • NRSP 2391, Health Assessment Practicum
    The required courses can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.
    All required courses must be completed with a minimum "C" in each course.
    ALL prerequisite courses MUST be completed prior to the first semester in the program.

    Admission Criteria:
    • Overall 2.5 GPA
    • LPN employment at an acute or long term care facility preferred.
    • Must hold unencumbered PN license.

    To apply, submit the following by October 1st. 

    1. Apply for admission to A-State.
    2. Apply for admission to the Online LPN-AASN program. The application is available August 31 - October 1, 2021 and February 15 - April 15, 2021 (Click here for application during these dates)
    3. Official transcripts of ALL college work must be submitted to the Registrar’s office.
    4. Validation of work experience (The applicant must provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.  (Acute or long-term care experience desired, i.e., hospital or nursing home)
    5. Take the required admission Assessments: 
    • The HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam is a 75-item comprehensive exam designed to be used for currently Licensed Practical/Vocational nurses seeking entrance into an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The exam measures competencies across the PN/VN content areas including: fundamentals, pediatric nursing, maternity, professional issues, medical-surgical and psychiatric/mental illness issues.  Testing dates for 2021-22 will be posted at a later date. For additional information, email Brenda Goodwin.  Payment for the LPN-ADN  Entrance Exam is non-refundable. Information regarding admission testing can be found here.
    • Smarter Measure Online Readiness Assessment: This online readiness tool helps indicate the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for the student.  This assessment requires students to answer questions and complete a few activities.  It takes about 35 minutes to complete.  Competencies measured are:  reading rate and recall, technical competency, technical knowledge, typing speed and accuracy.    Username:  LPN-AASN  Password:  online

    6.  Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable

    7.  Spanish Proficiency:  Spanish proficiency is not required for application but may enhance the applicant’s overall score. Students must  prove their proficiency by taking the ACTFL – OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). 

    8.  Students are required to have three academic or professional references to complete the Student Recommendation Form. 

    9.  If you have previously attended a RN nursing program 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.

    10. Applications will be ranked for admission by prerequisite GPA, LPN-ADN Entrance, Online Learning Readiness assessment, recommendations (Student Recommendation Forms), skills validation, and interview, with special consideration for those with Spanish proficiency.


    All application materials must be received by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications are reviewed after the application deadline and preference is not given for early submission.  

    Application checklist 

    Additional Documentation

    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/$6,000,000).

    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. 



  • Work Experience

    The applicant must provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.  (Acute or long-term care experience desired, i.e., hospital or nursing home) Click here for Employer Documentation of work experience.



    Upon completion of this 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 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

  • Readmission Process

    For students seeking readmission to the LPN-AASN Nursing program:


    Students seeking readmission to the LPN-RN nursing programs are required to pass a standardized test created from the objectives of the courses successfully completed in previous semesters.

    Criteria for readmission to the undergraduate nursing programs includes:

    • Complete readmission packet;
    • Recommendation of faculty;
    • Passing score (75%) on the standardized assessment test(s) of courses previously passed;
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0; and
    • Space availability in the class

    Readmission applications and information on scheduling a testing date are located on the School of Nursing website each semester.

    The cost of the readmission test is $50.00 and will be the responsibility of the student.

    • READMISSION EXAM for Fall 2021

       In order to apply for readmission to a nursing program, applicants are required to take a readmission exam.  The required score to be successful is a 75% or greater.  If you are not successful on the first attempt, you will be given another opportunity.     The exam for FALL 2021 will be administered remotely via ProctorU.  Information to schedule through ProctorU will be sent approximately one week before test date.  See below for payment link.


      • 1st Attempt:  June 14-16, 2021 (deadline to pay is NOON, Friday, June 4, 2021)  
      • 2nd Attempt:  June 28-30, 2021 (deadline to pay is NOON, Thursday, June 17, 2021)  


      In order to apply for readmission to a nursing program, applicants are required to take a readmission exam.  The required score to be successful is a 75% or greater.  If you are not successful on the first attempt, you will be given another opportunity.     Test will be held on the A-State Jonesboro Campus only


      • 1st Attempt:  Friday, September 3, 2021 (deadline to pay is NOON, August 20, 2021)
      • 2nd Attempt:  Friday, September 24, 2021 (deadline to pay is NOON, September 10, 2021)
    PAYMENT:  The cost of the exam is $50.00 and payment must be made before exam will be ordered! The registration/payment deadline is two weeks before test date.  Link for online payment/registration for readmission exam is https://secure.touchnet.net:443/C20019_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=89&FROMQRCODE=true

    Program Application

    Program applications for transfer and readmission will be available (Fall) April 30th - June 7th, (Spring) August 31st - October 1st, and (Summer) February 15th - April 15th

  • Program Statistics

    AASN Pass Rates

    • 2019 - 91.4%
    • 2018 - 81.1%
    • 2017 - 81.9%

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


ACEN LogoThe AASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000, http://acenursing.org/.

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