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Traditional AASN

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

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Degree Availability

The professional portion of the curriculum is four (4) semesters in length, beginning in the spring semester, and is only offered at ASU Mountain Home and ASU MidSouth in West Memphis.


The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) graduate is prepared to provide and manage direct care to individuals with common well-defined problems. The AASN graduate functions as a team member using nursing diagnoses and established protocols for individuals in acute care and community-based settings. Additionally, the graduate participates as a member of the profession in appropriate specialty and politically focused nursing organizations

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 Reference
2021-22 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 391-392
2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 366-367
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin Page numbers; 358-359
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  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite requirements for application to the Traditional AASN degree program include:

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 including all college credits
    • Completion of required courses

    The courses required prior to acceptance into the AASN degree program can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

    Prerequisites include the following courses:

    • BIO 2203 AND 2201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
    • ENG 1003, Composition I
    • MATH 1023, College Algebra (or MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as a prerequisite)
    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.
  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Applicants for admission will be ranked according to application completeness, the GPA of the 10 hours of prerequisites and admission test score. Consideration will be given to students completing prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall semester.

    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. 

    Online applications will be available August 31st - October 1st.

    Applicants Must Complete

    1. Admission to Arkansas State University
    2. Online application for Admission to the School of Nursing available August 31st.  (Application checklist) 
    3. Take the HESI A2 admission exam - test dates for Spring 2021 to be announced.  Payment for admission exam is non-refundable. You are only allowed to take admission exam once per academic year. Admission exam is a timed exam, with a 3-hour time limit and will cover three sections - Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension and Anatomy & Physiology.  Information regarding admission testing can be found here.
    4. Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts showing all college work completed, including grades on courses taken in the last semester of enrollment to the Office of Admissions.  
    5. Submit with application a list of currently enrolled prerequisite coursework.
    6. Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable.


    For questions or for more information, contact the campus you are applying to:

    ASU Mountain Home

    Attention: Tammy Daffron 
    1600 S College St, Mountain Home AR 72653
    (870) 508-6113

    ASU MidSouth

    Attention: Mary Trammell
    2000 W Broadway, West Memphis AR 72301
    (870) 733-6031

    A-State Jonesboro

    Pre-Nursing Advisor: nursinginfo@astate.edu 
    Note: The Traditional AASN program is not available on the Jonesboro campus.

    * All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of the program. Students admitted will be required to supply additional documentation including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test or chest x-ray and proof of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$3,000,000). Criminal background check may be required.

  • Application: Traditional

    Admission Exam

    Admission testing will be required for the traditional AASN Program. Test dates and times are listed below. Testing will have a 3 hour time limit. Please DO NOT pay for the exam unless you are making application to the traditional AASN Program. The payment is non-refundable. Due to limited testing space, you may only test once per admission cycle. 

    Exam Dates

    Dates for Spring 2021 to be determined and will be posted in Summer 2020. 


    Study Guide

    A study guide is available from Elsevier for the HESI A2 exam. 

    Note: Effective Spring 2019, the following exams will be administered for the traditional AASN program, Critical Thinking,  Reading Comprehension and Anatomy & Physiology.  

    Program Application

    Program applications for the Traditional AASN program will be available August 31st - October 1st.

  • Program Statistics

    AASN Pass Rates

    • 2019 - 91.4%
    • 2018 - 81.1%
    • 2017 - 81.9%
  • Application: Readmit / Transfer

    For students seeking readmission to an ASU Nursing program or you would like to transfer to ASU from another School of Nursing:


    Students seeking readmission or transferring from another school to the AASN or BSN 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)


     The cost is $50.00 and payment must be made before exam will be ordered. 

     Online:  Credit Card / Debit Card use this link to make your payment.  Please put in Readmission Exam in the description box.



    Please email NRStesting@astate.edu with any questions.

    Program Application

    Program applications for transfers and readmission will be available (Fall) April 30th - June 7th and (Spring) August 31st - October 1st.

  • Licensure Information

    RN Licensure

    Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

    A first-time applicant for any license with 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 licensure.

    The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website www.arsbn.org or on the nursing website.


For general questions about this program and others please contact the following:

All Campuses
Rochelle Morris
(870) 972-3074

For campus and application-specific questions contact the following:

West Memphis Campus
Mary Trammell
(870) 733-6031

Mountain Home Campus
Tammy Daffron
(870) 508-6113

Jonesboro Campus
Uriella Moocarme
(870) 972-3074


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.

Accredited by ACEN

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.