If you’re looking for a fulfilling career rich with opportunities to help people and improve their quality of life, then nursing is the major for you. Our nursing program is dedicated to providing you with the education and experience you need to pursue a career in nursing.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in nursing. Our program tracks are designed to train future nurses and prepare both future and practicing nurses for the professional world by providing opportunities for hands-on experience in hospitals or clinical settings. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Henderson State University Department of Nursing is to provide both a liberal and professional nursing education to produce safe, generalist nurses. Graduates of this program will demonstrate an understanding of theory as it relates to nursing practice. This program prepares professional nurses to pursue higher education.


Program Objectives

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare a professional nurse.


  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the role of the professional nurse.
  • Educate nurses in holistic concepts of humanity, environment, and health.
  • Use clinical reasoning to make decisions regarding nursing care.
  • Prepare a professional nurse who recognizes and uses resources for nursing and health care in the community.
  • Manage resources necessary to promote and maintain conditions for optimum health.
  • Prepare professional nurses who understand the role of research and theory to improve nursing and health care.
  • Apply findings from nursing and healthcare research when planning nursing and health care.
  • Provide a foundation for advanced study of nursing. 
  • Select concepts of professional nursing necessary for effective and efficient client care delivery.

Why Henderson Nursing?

The bachelor's degree program in nursing at Henderson is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Our nursing programs are also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. 

Career Opportunities

Henderson State has had 100% employment rates for new nursing graduates for the past 5 years! Registered nurses make an average of $67,490 per year according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 16 percent by 2024. With nurses in such high demand, you will have opportunities all over the country to work in hospitals, medical centers, extended-care facilities and government institutions. With a nursing degree from Henderson State, the possibilities are endless.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing NCLEX First time pass rates fiscal years:

  • 2014 - 94.4%
  • 2015 - 100%
  • 2016 - 80%
  • 2017 - 100%
  • 2018 -100%

The NCLEX First time pass rates for the HSU graduating class:

  • 2018 - 100%
  • 2017 - 100%
  • 2016 - 100%
  • 2015 - 88%
  • 2014 - 100%

Henderson State University Nursing Department has 100% Employment rate
within 3 months or less for the past 5 years.

Degree Completion Tracks

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Department of Nursing
Nursing Building
1100 Henderson Street, HSU Box 7803 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001 
Phone: 870-230-5015