RN to BSN Online

Are you a registered nurse and want to complete your four-year degree? At Henderson State University’s Department of Nursing, registered nurses can earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in one year. You can enter class in the spring or fall semester.

If you hold a current RN license and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, Henderson State is the best program for you. Our RN to BSN completion track will let you continue your current nursing job while you prepare to climb the career ladder and increase your earning potential. Courses are all online allowing you to set your own schedule!

You do not have to sacrifice family or career to achieve your BSN. Henderson State focuses on students, and our program will allow you the freedom to pursue your dreams with the help of a caring faculty. 

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.

Nursing Program Goals

  • Prepare a professional nurse who recognizes and uses resources for nursing and health care in the community.
  • Educate nurses in holistic concepts of humanity, environment, and health.
  • Prepare professional nurses who understand the role of research and theory to improve nursing and health care.
  • Provide a foundation for advanced study of nursing.

BSN Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the role of the professional nurse.
  • Use clinical reasoning to make decisions regarding nursing care.
  • Manage resources necessary to promote and maintain conditions for optimum health.
  • Apply findings from nursing and health care research when planning nursing and health care.
  • Select concepts of professional nursing necessary for effective and efficient client care delivery.


  • Hold a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse License
  • GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Have graduated from an associate degree or diploma program that was NLNAC or ACEN accredited OR Arkansas State Board Approved at the time of graduation
  • Have completed non-nursing courses as listed on degree plan (exceptions at discretion of Track Director)

How to Apply

  • Apply to Henderson State University.
  • The Fall 2022 RN-BSN application cycle opens March 1, 2022 and the deadline for submitting an application for the Fall 2022 semester is July 1, 2022.
  • Later submission will be accepted at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.
  • Send ALL College/University Transcripts to Henderson State University 

What to Know

Admission is conditional pending results of background check and drug screen.  

Once you are conditionally accepted, you will complete and pass the CastleBranch Certified Background Check, Drug Screen and Compliance Tracker to be fully accepted into the Nursing Program. Go to, 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 with a secure account to manage your time sensitive school and clinical requirements (example: TB skin test, Hepatitis B series, CPR certification, etc.)

Applicants must submit ALL Castlebranch requirements no later than August 1, 2022.

Program of Study Information

Students accepted to the Online RN to BSN Program:

  • Will be awarded up to 41 nursing credit hours for prior nursing courses
  • Must have previously completed 46 hours of pre-requisite/general education credit hours per Henderson State degree plan
  • Will complete 33 hours of nursing core courses as indicated on the Plan of Study
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation

RN-BSN Program Cost

RN to BSN Handbook


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Henderson State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Dr. Janna Lock
1100 Henderson St.
Box 7803
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
Phone: 870-230-5398