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Online RN to BSN Degree Program

Complete Coursework: As little as 12 months* Credit Hours: 36** Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

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

** A total of 121 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.

The RN to BSN degree online from A-State is designed to give nursing professionals the opportunity to advance their education and career. Our experienced faculty prepare students for the complex challenges of working within our nation's changing health care system. The 100% online course work can be completed in as little as 12 months depending on the required support courses previously earned. Our RN to BSN degree online can help you:

  • Increase your knowledge in clinical areas for your professional development
  • Strengthen your nursing leadership and management skills
  • Enhance your decision-making and critical thinking skills
  • Use evidence-based data to strengthen and improve client care via comprehensive, efficient and cost-conscious care
  • Qualify for a variety of career opportunities in work settings such as hospitals, clinics, home health environments, schools, industries, and more
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When you earn your RN to BSN online at Arkansas State, You will receive support from faculty with real-world experience. Plus, we offer a dedicated online services team to answer your questions and equip you with the tools you need to succeed.

Arkansas State University is ranked 16th among the nation's best online nursing schools according to (2017)

A-State was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional universities in the South in 2015. The university provides nursing professionals with a distinct pathway towards advanced degrees in the health care industry. We also have local relationships and partnerships with over 500 clinical sites, so we understand the needs of the nursing community.

The 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.

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

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Co-Requisite Core Courses

This course is for students in a variety of disciplines including the sciences, allied health fields and education. Focus is on descriptive statistics for quantitative and qualitative data, normal distributions, correlation, linear regression, sample surveys, randomized comparative experiments, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.
Basic concepts of nutrition including factors that have an impact upon nutritional practices. Special attention to age related nutritional needs. May be used for General Education requirements. Fall, Spring, Summer.

Core Courses

Self-assessment of awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and acceptance of the importance of cultural issues in a culturally diverse health care environment, definition and components of culture, cultural values, cultural competence, health and healing traditions, transcultural communication, fostering cultural competence in colleagues.
Health history and physical examination skills are taught. The focus is on the adult while including an overview of special client populations. Students submit written H & Ps and self-recordings of skill performance.
An overview of the specific disruptions of normal physiology, mechanisms involved, disease manifestations and the therapeutic principles underlying treatment. Provides a link between the basic biological sciences and their clinical application.
Explores the nurse’s role in the research process and provides the skills needed to evaluate the evidence and use research findings. Introduces professional writing styles and requires the application of a selected style in the preparation of various projects.
Concepts of professional RN-BSN socialization, accountability, advocacy, issues and trends which affect the role of the nurse are analyzed and discussed.
Concepts of professional nursing practice expanded to the care of families and groups of clients in the community setting. Focuses also on change theory, group process strategies and professional and health care issues.
Focuses on patients with high-acuity episodic or traumatic health deviations which require immediate intensive ongoing nursing diagnosis and interventions.
Focus on clients with chronic illness throughout the lifespan. Concepts of gerontology, rehabilitation and spirituality are integrated.
Managerial and leadership aspects of the nurse manager in various healthcare environments are discussed.
Application of baccalaureate level nursing knowledge and skills in problem identification, analysis, synthesis, plan implementation, and evaluation in a specific area of clinical interest as a transition to the graduate level advanced practice role.

Upper Level Nursing Electives

Two 3-credit hour Upper Level Nursing Elective courses are required. Students can select from these courses (.pdf), which are available on a rotating basis.

Prerequisites: Communications

Must have six credit hours of the following courses.

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Prerequisites: Mathematics

Must have three credit hours of mathematics. The course listed below is offered online through A-State at this time.

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Prerequisites: Sciences

Must have eight hours of science.

This course examines bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, molds, yeasts, and protozoans as they relate to human health. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Two hours per week. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2103. Special course fee: $10.00. Fall, Spring, Summer.
An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

Co-Requisites: Arts and Humanities

Students must complete nine credit hours from this section. At least one course must be selected from MUS 2503, THEA 2503, or ART 2503, and at least one course must be selected from ENG 2003, ENG 2013, or PHIL 1103. Please note that MUS 2503, ENG 2003, and ENG 2013 are offered on line through Arkansas State University.

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.
Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.
Introduction to visual art for all students regardless of background or experience. Students learn how to develop cognitive and experiential responses to works of art. This course is for non-art majors and does not meet general education requirements for any degree in Art. Fall, Spring, Summer.

Prerequisites: Social Sciences

Must have nine hours of Social Science. At least one course must be selected from HIST 2763, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that HIST 2763, POSC 2103, PSY 2013 and SOC 2213 are offered online through Arkansas State University.

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.
The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Human society and social behavior.
The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.
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