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Nursing, BSN

Nursing is at the forefront of our changing health care system. This program prepares you to be a professional nurse with the theoretical foundation and clinical competence to thrive in various health care settings. Learn to think critically, use evidence to make decisions, work collaboratively and be innovative in interprofessional health care environments.

Program Description

Through a curriculum centered upon evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, innovation, interprofessional communication and information technology, the BSN degree program prepares students to provide high-quality professional nursing care. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing may be earned through several unique pathways.

Traditional Prelicensure Nursing Program
The traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program is a full-time, upper-division nursing program designed for students who wish to become a registered nurse by completing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. The program has three start dates per year --- in spring, summer and fall and it may be completed in a 16-month year-round schedule or a 24-month academic year schedule. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to gain licensure as a registered nurse.

Students advance into the program in one of two ways: direct admission or the competitive advancement process. Direct admission is offered to incoming first-time freshman who meet specific admission criteria. Students admitted directly must meet continuing eligibility criteria while attending ASU to advance into the upper-division nursing program. Directly admitted nursing students who do not meet continuing eligibility criteria, transfer students or ASU students who are changing majors may apply for advancement to the upper-division nursing program by competing for any remaining spaces.

Accelerated BSN
The Accelerated BSN, formerly postbaccalaureate clinical nursing program, is a full-time, 12-month upper-division clinical nursing program designed for students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline who wish to become a registered nurse by completing a BSN. Selection is competitive and students start the program in the spring semester.

Students pursuing advancement to the postbaccalaureate clinical nursing program complete prerequisite coursework and apply for advancement to the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to gain licensure as a registered nurse.

Online RN to BSN Program
The online RN to BSN program is available online to students who have earned an associate degree in nursing and have a current RN license in good standing with the state board of nursing. The RN to BSN program courses are offered online in 7.5-week sessions and can be completed in 14 to 24 months. There are five starts per year: two in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer. Assignments may include readings, discussions, papers, presentations and practical application activities completed wherever the student resides.

Transfer pathway agreements are in place with all community colleges in Arizona, which provide additional benefits to students. The RN to BSN program does not have approval from the Boards of Nursing in Tennessee, Rhode Island or Washington to be offered to RNs licensed in those states.

Concurrent Enrollment Program
The concurrent enrollment program pathway is offered through participating community colleges. This program is designed for qualified nursing students who are interested in earning their Bachelor of Science in nursing while simultaneously pursuing their associate degree in nursing. Selected students enroll in the community college program and the ASU RN to BSN courses at the same time (concurrently). RN to BSN courses taken at ASU are delivered in an online format.

Eastern Arizona College Partnership
The ASU and Eastern Arizona College partnership has two options: the concurrent enrollment program and the RN to BSN. The concurrent enrollment program is designed for qualified students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in nursing from EAC while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU. Another option allows students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to pursue the ASU BSN at Eastern Arizona College on the Thatcher campus. Courses in this program are delivered in a hybrid format on the Thatcher campus.

Program Offered

Nursing, BSN

Offered by
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Downtown, Eastern Arizona College, Online

Major Map

A major map outlines the degree’s requirements for graduation.

Accelerated BSN
Traditional BSN

Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Additional Requirements

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Financial Aid
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Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students interested in changing to this program would need to apply for the upper division clinical nursing program through an advancement application process. Space is limited, and selection is based upon GPA and score earned on the TEAS. Students should speak with an advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for more information on how to change a major to this program.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU™ to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Students enhance their resumes and gain valuable experience through studying abroad. With over 250 programs available, study abroad allows students to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skillsets. Students majoring in nursing are able to expand their knowledge of how nursing is practiced across the globe. Students stand out in the field with heightened cultural competency, leadership and critical thinking skills achieved from studying abroad.

Career Opportunities

Graduates deliver nursing care to individuals, families and communities. Completion of this degree program also prepares individuals for entrance into graduate study in nursing at the master's or doctoral degree levels, which is essential for teaching, administration, clinical specialization and research.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career*Growth*Median Salary
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit Professional Licensure   to determine the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications.

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