RN to BSN application

Online, Partial Online, Traditional RN to BSN Arkansas Articulation Guidelines

RN students applying to the Online, Partial Online, or Traditional HSU Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Henderson State University
  2. Complete Department of Nursing Online RN to BSN Application - Applications and admissions will be processed as they are received. 
  3. Hold a current, unencumbered Arkansas or Compact State Registered Nurse license.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  5. Admission is conditional pending Background Check and Drug Screen.
  6. Be graduated from associate degree or diploma program that was NLNAC or ACEN accredited; or, Arkansas State Board Approved at time of graduation.
  7. Progression Testing and Work Experience Requirements:  If less than 12 months after graduation, there is no testing for progression required.  If greater than 12 months after graduation, there is no testing for progression required if during past 12 to 24 months have had at least 1000 hours of nursing employment.

Articulating RN student credits and required courses:

  • Must complete all non-nursing support courses, as noted on the degree plan, prior to graduation.
  • Arkansas A.D.N. and Diploma articulating students:
    • Must complete the nursing core courses as indicated on the Plan of Study
    • Must complete the last 30 credit hours at Henderson State University
    • Must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation

Students accepted to the Online RN to BSN Program:

  • will be awarded up to 41 nursing credit hours.
  • will complete 49 hours of pre-requisite/gen. ed. Credit hours per Henderson State degree plan.
  • will complete 33 hours of nursing courses.

Application steps

  • Apply and gain admission to Henderson State University as a Nursing Major
  • Complete the RN-BSN application form and submit copies of your transcripts within that application 
  • Once you get conditionally accepted; Complete and pass the CastleBranch Certified Background Check, Drug Screen and Compliance Tracker to be fully accepted into the Nursing Program.  Go to https://mycb.castlebranch.com and in the upper right hand corner, enter the Package Code HP13: Background Check-Drug Test.  The Department of Nursing has partnered with CastleBranch Compliance Tracker to provide you a secure account to manage your time sensitive school and clinical requirements (example:  TB Skin Test, Hepatitis B series, CPR certification, etc.)
  • Once you get officially accepted, submit a nonrefundable check or money order for $57 made payable to Henderson State University. 

Email unofficial transcripts to RNtoBSN@hsu.edu

RN to BSN Nursing Department
201 Market Street
Hot Springs, AR  71901
Phone:  501-625-3834
    Fax:  501-625-3203