This program is designed for students with no previous experience as a licensed nurse. Students are required to be certified as a Nursing Assistant (CNA). The School of Nursing offers the traditional AASN program in its entirety at the following campuses:
ASU Beebe - Beebe, AR; email: Debbie Holmberg; 501-882-8891
ASU Mountain Home- Mountain Home, AR; email: Paula Thitoff 870-508-6113
The primary mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare students for beginning practice as registered nurses. Arkansas State University's nursing programs are committed to quality education and to meeting the unique needs of northern and eastern Arkansas and the surrounding area. The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) graduate is prepared to give secondary care, which focuses on illness that is common and recurrent. Nursing care for this level of illness is well standardized. Nurses giving this care are not specialized, and are defined as generalists in attending to illnesses that are usual, readily diagnosed, and relatively predictable in terms of outcome.
The AASN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. www.nlnac.org. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and, after passing the examination, is licensed as a Registered Nurse by the state(s) to which application is made.
The professional portion of the curriculum is four semesters in length, beginning in the spring semester. Students completing this program receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree. A variety of the area health care facilities are utilized for clinical education.