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Accelerated BSN Online


Already have a bachelor’s degree and want to move into nursing? Prepare for career advancement as a BSN-prepared nurse in a variety of healthcare settings with online coursework in an accelerated program.

Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24
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Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24

Program Overview


Find out how to earn your Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Find your pathway to a rewarding healthcare career through the flexible and affordable Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Equip yourself for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for a registered nurse license with incorporated test preparation and gain resume-bolstering professional experience in this ACEN-accredited degree.

Even if you have no healthcare background, you will be fully prepared to enter a rapidly growing, high-salary field with a nursing career in a variety of settings and specialties. This program features 100% online coursework and in-person clinical rotations in Jonesboro and the surrounding area – enabling you to stay with the same classmates from start to finish and fostering meaningful relationships with your peers. Required clinicals will occur on predetermined weekends, Friday through Sunday.

For state approvals, please consult the Program Map.

Our Accelerated BSN degree online can help you:

  • Be equipped with the tools and knowledge to provide direct and indirect care to patients
  • Be prepared to take the NCLEX exam to obtain an RN license
  • Be equipped with the tools and knowledge to provide direct and indirect care to patients
  • Be prepared to take the NCLEX exam to obtain an RN license

Prepare to advance your career as a BSN-prepared nurse in a variety of healthcare settings including:

  • Clinics, hospitals and trauma centers
  • Long-term care
  • Private home health
  • Health education
  • Nursing research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public health
  • Administration
  • Clinics, hospitals and trauma centers
  • Long-term care
  • Private home health
  • Health education
  • Nursing research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public health
  • Administration

In-Demand Skills:

  • Nursing
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Medical records
  • Nursing
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Medical records

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of undergraduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online undergraduate programs.

Total Tuition*: $18,492
Program Duration**: 15 months
Credit Hours1 67

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Tuition


This online Accelerated BSN is competitively priced

A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The Accelerated BSN online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition*: $18,492
Per Credit Hour: $276

Calendar


When to apply, when tuition is due, when classes start

Our Accelerated BSN online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year. Nursing cohorts start in Fall 2 and Spring 2 only. The other starts included in this calendar are for General Education requirements that must be completed prior to acceptance in the nursing cohort.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/6/244/22/244/26/245/3/246/20/24
Summer 26/24/246/10/246/14/246/21/248/7/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/248/1/2410/4/2410/11/2412/6/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/11/2412/6/24
Spring 23/10/251/10/252/28/253/7/255/2/25

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 6/10/24
Start Class 6/24/24

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Admissions


Admission to this BSN program is accessible

Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the Accelerated BSN online program. Enrollment Specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

Admission Requirements:

  • Submit online application and official transcripts
  • Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all prerequisites

To be granted admission into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Have at least an overall 2.5 GPA across all courses taken
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the following prerequisite courses, with at least a C in each of these courses:
    • Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health and Laboratory
    • Human Anatomy/Physiology I and Laboratory
    • Human Anatomy/Physiology II and Laboratory
    • Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I and Laboratory OR General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • Composition I
    • Composition II
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Statistics
    • The United States to 1876 OR The United States Since 1876 OR, Introduction to United States Government
    • College Algebra

All course attempts will be considered in the calculation of prerequisite GPA.

English proficiency requirements


This program requires a high level of English proficiency to meet academic and clinical objectives, along with meeting the criteria for licensure. You may be required to provide proof of English proficiency per A-State School of Nursing English Proficiency Standards. Additionally, if you’ve ever attended a professional program in the past, you may be required to provide a letter of good standing.

Meeting the admissions requirements does not guarantee admission. Students will be admitted based on space availability.

Note: If these undergraduate foundation courses are not reflected on your transcript(s), you will be required to take them prior to admission in the Accelerated BSN program. These courses are offered through A-State Online.

Application submission requirements

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.

While not needed to render an admissions decision, the following items will also be needed:

  • A criminal background check completed through Verified Credentials prior to starting the program
  • Proof of a Health Care Provider CPR course (i.e., adult, infant, and child with AED). This course may be obtained at the local Red Cross, American Heart Association, or an approved facility.
  • Proof of a Hepatitis B series and TB skin test

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096, and we'll be happy to help answer questions.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

A-State is ranked #2 in “Best RN to BSN Program in Arkansas 2022” according to RegisteredNursing.org

State Board of Nursing Approved

The RN to BSN online program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Courses


Peruse the subjects covered by this online Accelerated BSN

A total of 23 core courses (67 credit hours) is required to complete this Accelerated BSN degree. All clinical experiences courses will be completed in person on pre-determined weekends. The practicum/clinical hours must also be done in a state in which Arkansas State has State Operating Authority. Please consult the Program Map for state approvals.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Explores the foundational concepts, attributes, and competencies that are essential to the development of the professional nurse and their relationship to current and future challenges in the delivery of quality nursing care.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Foundational concepts of physiologic health pro­cesses, mobility, comfort, infection control, protection, oxygenation, medication administration, nutrition and elimination. Integrates the nursing process, informatics, interpersonal communica­tion, patient teaching, delegation, critical thinking, and safety.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Focus on obtaining a health history and physical as­sessment of the adult. An overview of the pediatric, obstetrical, and geriatric client is included.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the scope of the nursing profession with emphasis on basic human needs, growth and development across the lifespan, communication, legal and ethical parameters of practice, and teaching and learning theories.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Health focus on individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Integrated foci include medical surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics, and nutrition.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Explores the role of the nurse in the re­search process and provides the skills needed to evaluate and use research findings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Explores and applies the basic concepts of professional nursing for clients with mental health problems. Fall, Spring.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Concepts of professional nursing expanded to the care of individuals, families, and groups of patients in community and rehabilitation settings. Focus is on needs assessment, strategies, high risk families, professional roles and health care issues.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 5
Health focus on individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Integrated foci include adult medical surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics, and nutrition.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Disruptions of normal human functioning and disease processes. Pharmacologic principles and treatment of select disease process are discussed. Link between the basic biological sciences and the application of pharmacological theory into nursing practice.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Disorders of normal human functioning and disease processes. Pharmacologic principles and treatment of select disease process are discussed. Ties basic biological sciences theory and the application of pharma­cological theory into nursing practice.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Theoretical basis for professional nursing care of the childbearing family. Emphasis is on nursing care of the woman, the fetus, and the infant within the family environment.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Continuation of concepts intro­duced in NRS 3345 Essentials of Medical Surgical Nursing II.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focuses on patients with acute episodic health deviations which require ongoing diagnosis, immediate intervention or intensive nursing observation and care.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Introduction to the organization, operations and administration of a modern health care environment. Includes an introduction to health care delivery systems, decision making, and the management functions.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Application of nursing skills related to physi­ologic health processes, mobility, comfort, infection control, protection, oxygenation, medication administration, nutrition and elimination.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Practicum in which the clinical skills associ­ated with NRS 2392 are developed and implemented. The student obtains health histories and performs physical examinations. A clinical laboratory fee will be assessed.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Design, implementation, and evaluation of care for individu­als and families with acute and chronic illness across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Design, implementation, and evaluation of care for individuals and families with acute and chronic illness across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Design, implementation, and evaluation of care for individuals and families with acute and chronic illness across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Design, implementation, and evaluation of care for individuals and families with acute and chronic illness across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 6
This practicum builds on the concepts learned in previous courses. The student designs, implements, and evaluates care for individuals and families, groups, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 6
This practicum builds on the concepts learned in previous courses. The student designs, implements, and evaluates care for individuals and families, groups, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings.

*Total tuition for nursing core only. If additional courses are needed for program completion, total tuition may vary.

**Taking back-to-back seven-week courses without interruption, nursing courses only.

†A total of 67 credit hours is required for this baccalaureate degree. The number of credit hours each student must earn to satisfy the requirement may vary based upon university evaluation.

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