BSN Programs in Arkansas


There are over 10 available nursing schools in Arkansas offering Bachelor’s of Nursing (BSN) degrees, with exactly 11 different nursing schools in our database.

View the full list and our summaries of each BSN program below. You can directly request information from featured programs on this page – they are currently accepting applicants from Arkansas residents.

Full List of All BSN Programs in Arkansas

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Campus-based programs in Arkansas

Arkansas State University
2105 Aggie Rd, Jonesboro, AR  72401
The bachelors of nursing science offered at the Jonesboro campus enables students to become eligible for the NLCEX-RN exam.  Admission requirements include 30 prerequisite credits among them Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Chemistry and English composition I & II.  The above must have been completed with a grade “C” or better. Qualified candidates with Spanish Proficiency are given preference over other students.

Once admitted, it takes 3 years of 6 regular semesters to complete the program.  There are 11 BSN-specific nursing scholarship programs available for full time junior and senior students.

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Harding University

915 East Market Avenue, Searcy, AR 72149

In addition to the usual general education prerequisites courses in Biology, Chemistry, Math and Anatomy & Physiology, candidates of the bachelor degree in nursing will have to complete NURS 100, 203, 300 and 363 during the early years. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the prerequisites while a GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of “C” grade must be maintained in the 4 nursing courses listed above. Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission dates. As a strong Christian university, there are options to take a second major in Leadership and Ministry or a minor in Health Missions.

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Henderson State University

1100 Henderson St, Arkadelphia, AR 71999

You begin your nursing BSN at Henderson as a pre-nursing student as you prepare for the nursing major. There is only one admission cycle annually for classes starting fall semester.  The BSN in nursing degree plan requires pre-nursing courses be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or better before applying to the major or one semester towards completion. Numerous HSU nursing scholarships are available for nursing juniors and seniors in addition to scholarships from other external sources.  Scholarships forms can be picked from the financial Aid offices for both university specific and external scholarships.

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University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

1125 W. Maple St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

The college of education and health professions has a BS in nursing undergraduate designed for eight regular semesters. The university admits students with a GPA of 3.0 computed from all nursing prerequisites courses taken prior to declaring interest in the major. An honors program of the generic nursing BSN is also available whereby; students complete an additional minimum of 6 credit hours from the university honors program and an additional 6 hours from the nursing department.  Honors courses are taken in the last 3 semesters of the program. Nursing majors with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale can also be inducted in the Pi Theta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of nursing.

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University of Arkansas-Monticello

346 University Dr Monticello, AR 71656

Once admitted into the university with the intent of taking a BSN degree program, you must complete 35 general education hours and 22 support hours during the freshman and sophomore years. Such courses must be completed with a minimum of a grade “C” and a GPA of 2.5 or better. Major requirement in the junior and senior years consist is a package of 63 credit hours designed to be completed in 4 full time semesters. Students take an exit exam following completion of the last semester to enable them gain eligibility for the NCLEX-RN exam.

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University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

1200 University Dr, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

The generic Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at UAPB is an 8 regular semester plus 1 summer session program designed to prepare nurses for the NLCEX-RN exam. Freshman must declare nursing as an intended major before starting on prerequisite courses  which include Anatomy & Physiology I & II, College algebra, Humanities, Literature, Nutrition, Chemistry and English. The upper division courses start in the fall semester of the sophomore year and continue for a period of 3 full time years.  To be allowed to graduate, all courses in the major must be completed with a minimum of “C” grade or GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 West Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205

This exclusive medical science university is part of the University of Arkansas system. The baccalaureate nursing program was the first program offered at the university in 1953. As a comprehensive medical and academic center, you will expect intensive training in the state-of-the-art medical facilities which form part of the university. Courses are offered at Little Rock campus and the off-campus site at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. There are two versions of the traditional nursing program. The first is the generic option for students who have completed at least 64 credits in pre-nursing sciences and arts courses. These can be taken onsite or from any community college. The 60 upper division nursing credits start on a summer semester. The second option is a BSN Nursing Honors Program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. For this option, students complete an additional 10 graduate-level courses alongside the generic BSN requirements. The Gamma Xi chapter of STTI honor is also open for excelling students.

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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

5210 Grand Av, Fort Smith, AR 72913

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program, a candidate must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all prior college coursework. There are two admission cycles for fall and spring semesters but admission is competitive hence, only a limited number of candidates are admitted. The program provides a guaranteed 8-semester plan for first time freshmen but other degree plans are also available. Upon admission, the 1st 3 semesters are dedicated for prerequisite courses totaling to 47 hours. All must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.   To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all major courses and any other coursework attempted at Fort Smith with a GPA of 2.00

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University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Av, Conway, AR 72035

Admission into the bachelor of nursing degree program is selective and competitive. High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 to be eligible for admission.  New students are admitted once annually in the semester starting January. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 79 taken in the last 2 years. The program has two components: a pre-nursing portion consisting of 34 hours from Writing, English, Math, Psychology, Biology, History, Speech, Nutrition, Chemistry, and sociology.  The second is a 6-semester professional nursing portion consisting of nursing support courses and clinical courses semester hours.  All courses in the major are offered once annually in a sequential manner.

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