Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR 72401

Arkansas State University is a public research University established in 1909. The main campus is in Jonesboro, Arkansas and is the flagship campus of the ASU System – the second-largest university system in the state. It is also home to the largest library in the state, the Dean B. Ellis Library. The university was originally established as an agricultural college and began offering two-year degrees in 1918. The campus is on top of Crowley’s Ridge, which is one of the highest points in the state. The college became a university in 1967 and now has a student body of over 20,000 students.

Arkansas State University School of Nursing offers several paths to becoming a nurse. Along with the traditional BSN program, the school offers an accelerated BSN program. Students that complete this program are eligible to apply for licensure to become a registered nurse. The school also boasts excellent first-time pass rates for the NCLEX exam, with 96.19% of students passing in 2017. Other options include a traditional associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) two-year degree. Once completed, students with an AASN degree can complete the AASN to BSN program. The ASU School of Nursing also offers master’s degrees for nurse anesthesia, family nurse practitioner, and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.  


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate75%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. ADN
  2. BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. LPN to BSN
  5. RN to BSN
  6. LPN
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner
  8. Masters degrees (MSN)

    The Arkansas State University, Masters of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare students with the complex practical and theoretical skills required for advanced nursing and leadership roles. The MSN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

    The University offers specialties in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Specialist, Educator, Administration and Family Nurse Practitioner.

    The Adult Health Nursing track consists of core and support courses including 540 hours of clinical course work (420 hours for nurse educators) to prepare students for advance practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Educator. Students can enroll on a full time and part time basis with most courses offered online and through interactive video network.

    The Family Nurse Practitioner program is a 45 credit hours program consisting of theoretical and clinical courses to prepare for advanced practice. A majority of core and support courses are offered online and students can enroll full time or part time. The Nurse Anesthesia track is an 85 credit program that can be completed in 28 months of full time study.

    Graduates from all tracks are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Rece-rtification of Nurse Anesthetists.

    Admissions Requirements

    • A Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university
    • Meet admission requirements for the graduate school
    • Current and unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
    • Meet requirements for standardized tests and grade point average

    The deadline for application for admission for the fall is the 1st of February for FNP program spring admission for the Adult Health Nursing track is the 15th of October and April 15th for admission in the fall for the same program.

    General admission deadlines fall on the 15th of April for Spring admission and the 15th of September for admission unless otherwise specified.

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 83
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 123
Nursing Education Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 34
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 42
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 4

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Pemiscot County Vocational School of Practical Nursing
57.73 miles away
University of Memphis
65.12 miles away
Copiah-Lincoln Community College - Simpson County Center
67.4 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Brownsville
82.95 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Alamo
87.46 miles away
The University of Tennessee-Martin
106.98 miles away
Northwest Mississippi Community College - Benton County Vocational Center
108.88 miles away
University of Central Arkansas
113.09 miles away
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
119.32 miles away
Southeast Missouri State University
120.07 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1928 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/01/1970 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1993 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1981 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
01/25/2003 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading433 to 585
SAT: Math500 to 620
SAT: Writing420 to 480
ACT Composite21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$10,562
30k to 48k$11,111
48k to 75k$13,104
75k to 110k$14,955
Over 110k$15,286
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $202.00 $404.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $257.00 $514.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Arkansas Nurses Foundation Research Grant

Arkansas Nurses Foundation provides research grant for nurses who hold an Arkansas Nursing license and graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. 

Ginny Blankenship Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a non-traditional nursing student attending East Arkansas Community College.

Peggy Pickens Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing.

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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