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Registered Nursing

ASU-Beebe Registered Nursing program is housed on the ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus.  The program offers 1-year accelerated training to prepare for the national certification exam, and graduates receive the Associate of Applied Science (AASN) in Nursing Degree upon completion.  All applicants must have completed 34 hours in prerequisite coursework and be a licensed LPN or Paramedic in Arkansas.

Admission Requirements

The application process is currently open for the Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing program. 

You must have applied to the University and received a letter of acceptance from the University. Click Here to Apply.

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The application process will begin on March 1, 2021

 Please keep checking this webpage for more updates.  

Summer 2021 Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing (RN) Application

Submissions are accepted in paper form for Summer 2021.

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Exams given Tuesday and Thursday, March 1- May 15, 2021 and may be taken on any of the ASUB campuses.

Next-Generation Accuplacer:  Reading Exam w/ a minimum score of 253

Hesi:  LPN to ADN for Licensed Practical Nursing Applicants

Hesi:  EMS to ADN for Licensed Paramedics

Prospective students are highly encouraged to obtain a 76% or greater on all areas of the HESI entrance exam. 

Testing must be completed the semester prior to program start date.  A limit of two times during the prior semester is allowed.  

For more information on testing dates and times

  • Beebe Campus  501.882.8812
  • Searcy Campus  501.207.6205
  • Heber Springs Campus  501.362.1225
  • LRAFB  501.988.4151

For more information on HESI and Accuplacer testing go to http://www.asub.edu/testing-services/hesi.aspx.

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Applicant must be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Certified Paramedic in Arkansas

Applicant must have completed ALL 34 hours of the following coursework prior to matriculation:

  • ENG 1003 Freshman English I
  • ENG 1013 Freshman English II
  • BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 2104 Microbiology
  • ZOOL 2004 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • ZOOL 2014 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  • MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy OR MATH 1023 College Algebra
  • CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications
  • PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 2533 Human Growth & Development 
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 Approximate Cost of AASN Program

 

  • 34 prerequisite hours (10 courses) = $4,080
  • Five six-credit RN class terms = $3,600
  • Total tuition & fees = $9,645
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Textbooks and Packets = Approximately $1960 

  • Essentials for Nursing Practice, 8th Ed - ISBN 9780323481847
  • Mosby's 2021 Drug Reference Handbook, 34th Ed - ISBN 9780323757331
  • Calculating Drug Dosages - ISBN 9780803624962 (Workbook - Do not purchased used)
  • Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing, 11th Ed - ISBN 9780323551496
  • Pharmacology, A Patient-Centered Approach, 9th Ed - ISBN 9780323399166
  • Maternal-child Nursing, 5th Ed - ISBN 9780323401708
  • Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 3rd Ed - ISBN 9780323389655
  • Comprehensive Testing Package (purchased through ASUB Bookstore)
  • Nurse Skills Pack (purchased through ASUB Bookstore)

Miscellaneous Items = Approximately $725

End of Program Expenses = Approximately $435

*Prices are subject to change

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Curriculum

 

Foundational Concepts of Nursing

  • 6 Hour Course
  • Foundational Concepts of Nursing is a six hour introductory course which includes transitional aspects of the LPN/Paramedic to RN role. This course is designed to expand on the knowledge and experience of the LPN or Paramedic and to introduce theories, processes and roles of the Registered Nurse. Communication, life span development, cultural influences and death and dying are covered as it relates to the health and well-being of the patient. Emphasis focuses on the role of the Registered Nurse in the care of clients with selected healthcare needs on various levels of the healthcare continuum. The nursing process and critical thinking is used to assist the student in application of Medical Surgical and Pharmacological knowledge and concepts. Core fundamentals and advanced skills are included to review and build upon prior knowledge and situations regarding patient care needs. Practicum rotations will provide opportunities to apply theory and to practice the role of the Registered Nurse.
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Nursing Concepts I

  • 6 Hour Course
  • Nursing Concepts I is a six hour credit course designed to explore the role of the Registered Nurse in the care of the Mental Health client. Psychobiological and Psychosocial disorders will be explored and include nursing assessment and evaluation. Foundational concepts of Medical Surgical nursing and Pharmacological concepts will be discussed as it relates to diverse patient populations. Pediatric and Geriatric considerations are integrated in each unit. A practicum component is included in this course which will focus on the mental health continuum, medical surgical and pharmacological nursing care. The student is responsible for correlating theory of all courses to Practicum practice by integrating critical thinking to give safe, skillful, holistic patient care.
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Nursing Concepts II

  • 6 Hour Course
  • Nursing Concepts II is a six hour credit course designed to explore Maternal Newborn nursing to provide the student with opportunities to learn principles of care for the obstetrical patient and newborn. Medical Surgical and Pharmacological concepts build upon previous course knowledge. Pediatric and Geriatric considerations are integrated in each unit. Practicum and laboratory experience will be provided for the student to practice knowledge and skills associated with the obstetrical and medical surgical patient. The student is responsible for correlating theory of all courses to Practicum practice by integrating critical thinking to give safe, skillful, holistic patient care.
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Nursing Concepts III

  • 6 Hour Course
  • Nursing III is a six hour course designed to focus on Medical Surgical and Pharmacological concepts which build upon previous course knowledge. Pediatric and Geriatric considerations are integrated in each unit.  Practicum and laboratory experience will be provided for the student to practice knowledge and skills associated with the pediatric and medical surgical patient. The student is responsible for correlating theory of all courses to Practicum practice by integrating critical thinking to give safe, skillful, holistic patient care.
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Nursing Concepts IV

  • 6 Hour Course
  • Nursing IV is a six hour course designed to focus on complex Medical Surgical, Pharmacological and Pediatric concepts associated with patient care  in advanced situations. Practicum and laboratory experience, including increase complexity, will be provided to allow the student application of knowledge and skills in the care of complex patient conditions. Nursing leadership and transition to the licensed Registered Nurse role will be covered with a practicum preceptorship implementation. The student is responsible for correlating theory of all courses to Practicum practice by integrating critical thinking to give safe, skillful, holistic patient care.
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Resources

 

AASN (RN) Handbook

AASN (RN) Prerequisite Checklist

AASN Pathway Graphic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

 

Contact Us

 

Denise Johnson

Administrative Specialist - Allied Health

Cindy Smith, RN, MSN

Director of Nursing

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