Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, AR 72801
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Arkansas Tech University is one of the eleven public 4-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in Russellville town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 11,830 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,846 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,329 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 72%). Every year 39% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

ATU's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,424, and fees were $1,680. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $10,848 and $1,680 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students11,830
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

Nursing Programs

The Arkansas Tech University nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

The program leads to the BSN degree after completing eight semesters of general education, course pre-requisites, and upper-division professional nursing courses.

The program employs clinical facilities and services in the Arkansas River Valley area although students should be prepared to travel out of this area to meet the objectives of certain courses.

Admissions requirements for the Nursing program:

  • Prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete  General Education Requirements
  • CPR certification, student liability insurance, criminal background check and initiation of Hepatitis B shots

All application documents need to be submitted to the Department of nursing by the 1st of March for admission in the following fall semester. Applicants will be selected according to established admission criteria and ranked according to GPA.

Successful applicants will be required to complete the program within four years of entry into level one of the nursing curriculum. Students will need to maintain CPR certification, liability insurance and annual criminal background check throughout period of enrollment.

ATU also offers an RN to BSN completion program online as well as the regular on-campus program. 

The Arkansas Tech University Master of Science in Nursing utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach which integrates a range of nursing administration principles for students engaged in specializations related to emergency management administration in a range of health care settings.

The core curriculum for the MSN program includes 27 semester hours of coursework in research design and methods, epidemiology, legal and ethical issues, nurse administration, health care trends, theoretical perspectives, principles of hazards and design and management of preparedness in mitigation systems, emergency management, and research project.

Students in the nursing administration and in the emergency management specialty options will complete an additional 12 semester credit hours.

Admission Requirements:

  • Meet admission requirements for Graduate College
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0
  • Current, valid and unencumbered License to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • GRE or MAT Test scores
  • Successfully complete a basic statistics course
  • Approval from the program admission committee

Applicants who don’t meet all the above requirements may be accepted into the program on a conditional basis by the admissions committee to earn a maximum of 12 graduate credits hours with a CGPA of 3.0 at which point the condition will be removed.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 34
Bachelor's degree 21 107
Master's degree 0 2
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 2 36
Certificate 5 47
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1930 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
09/01/2011 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
06/01/1985 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
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) Recommended
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).

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$226/credit
In State Students$226/credit
Out of State Students$452/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$284/credit
In State Students$284/credit
Out of State Students$568/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 $10,170 $10,170 $20,340
ADN 70 $15,820 $15,820 $31,640
BSN 125 $28,250 $28,250 $56,500
FNP 50 $14,200 $14,200 $28,400
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, 94% of Arkansas Tech University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 54% $4,409
Other Federal Grant 10% $388
State Grant & Scholarships 65% $1,237
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 45% $5,837
Federal Student Loans 54% $6,166
Private Loans 2% $7,859


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$10,777
$30,001 to $48,000$11,310
$48,001 to $75,000$13,062
$75,001 to $110,000$14,131
Over $110,000$14,213

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Arkansas Tech University
Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave
Russellville, AR 72801

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