Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR 72401
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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.  

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students13,930
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 7 88
Bachelor's degree 23 138
Master's degree 21 15
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 10
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 91.6%
  • NCLEX-RN: 86.2%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1016 to 1230
ACT21 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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$210/credit
In State Students$210/credit
Out of State Students$420/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$267/credit
In State Students$267/credit
Out of State Students$534/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,450 $9,450 $18,900
ADN 70 $14,700 $14,700 $29,400
BSN 125 $26,250 $26,250 $52,500
FNP 50 $13,350 $13,350 $26,700
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of Arkansas State University-Main Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,423
Other Federal Grant 9% $930
State Grant & Scholarships 69% $1,522
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 67% $6,449
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,201
Private Loans 3% $9,408


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,580
$30,001 to $48,000$11,886
$48,001 to $75,000$14,697
$75,001 to $110,000$16,335
Over $110,000$16,291

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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