Department of Nursing

Nursing Education With A Difference  

Experience small classes, flexible curriculum, and integrated state board exam (NCLEX-RN) preparation in Henderson State University’s bachelor of science in nursing program. Our program prepares novice generalist nurses for success in clinical practice and advanced study and is the only four-year professional nursing program in southwest Arkansas. Additionally, the Henderson liberal arts emphasis adds depth and a global perspective to professional nursing education.

Henderson’s small class sizes (21-28 students) allow individualized teaching in a personal atmosphere. Students benefit from mentoring relationships with accessible nursing instructors. Faculty members also serve as advisers to student organizations such as our 90-student-strong, NSNA-affiliated Student Nursing Association. Students are encouraged to participate in state and national student nurse conferences and conventions.

Henderson’s Department of Nursing faculty brings diverse education and practice experience to nursing classes. A warm, collegial environment promotes both faculty and student exploration of nursing. Instructors model caring and individual respect through their interactions with students and clients.

Our bachelor of science in nursing program promotes a flexible and holistic approach to nursing education. At Henderson, students can balance studies with participation in student organizations and athletics. We work closely with collegiate athletics to encourage student success in and out of the classroom.

Students with Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) can waive a basic skills course. Student knowledge is validated through standardized tests in multiple courses as preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Department of Nursing faculty promotes continuous and ongoing preparation for boards via course-level practice exams and remediation.

Henderson’s new nursing facility features a skills lab with simulator technology purchased through a $300,000 Health Resources and Services Administration grant. From the start of clinical nursing classes, students gain confidence and insight as they practice patient care skills on simulators before entering instructor-guided clinical experiences. Simulators include adult, child, and infant mannequins with pulses and respirations for learning vital signs, injections, and assessment skills. Computerized simulators facilitate student development of critical thinking and priority-setting skills through real-life scenarios. Clinical experiences include a broad spectrum of local, regional, and state-wide practice settings for professional nurses.

A listing of prerequisite courses and the eight-semester curriculum can be found on the Henderson State University Department of Nursing web site, The application deadline for the clinical nursing courses is February 15th.

 The Henderson State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBON).

Dr. Barbara Landrum, Chair
Cathy Reynolds, Administrative Assistant
Nursing Building
Rm. 101
(870) 230-5015

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 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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