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NURSING: Dual Enrollment B.S.N.

When you study nursing at Ouachita, you’ll gain more than outstanding job training; you’ll gain a life-changing experience. Ouachita’s nursing program is based on Christian values and beliefs, nursing standards and nursing ethics to assist diverse students to provide holistic care and service locally and globally across the lifespan in structured and unstructured healthcare settings. Structured as an innovative, RN-to-BSN dual enrollment completer program in partnership with Baptist Health College Little Rock, you'll get the unique college experience offered on Ouachita's campus paired with the hands-on clinical opportunities at BHCLR. You'll have the opportunity to earn both a BSN degree from Ouachita and an AASN degree from BHCLR in four years.

Are you already a licensed RN? Learn more about Ouachita’s fully online RN-to-BSN completion option.

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You’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ouachita and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree from Baptist Health College Little Rock, all in four years. You also can add a third degree – a B.A. in international missions, Spanish or biology – with only one additional year of study.

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Are you already a licensed RN? Learn more about Ouachita’s fully online RN-to-BSN completion option.



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Ouachita’s dual enrollment BSN pathway consists of three distinct phases:

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  • Phase 1, residency on Ouachita’s campus (minimum 4 semesters but easily extendable should you choose to pursue an additional major);
  • Phase 2, continued enrollment through Ouachita Online along with pre-licensure theory, laboratory and clinical experiences at Baptist Health College Little Rock (3 semesters); and
  • Phase 3, completion of BSN requirements through Ouachita Online (1 semester).

You’ll be a full-time Ouachita student throughout all three phases, while dually-enrolled at Baptist Health College in Phase 2. After successful completion of all requirements at BHCLR, you may apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Once you’ve passed the NCLEX, you’ll be eligible to complete your BSN requirements in Phase 3.

"Nurses have the reputation of being compassionate healers. To be a nurse means being at the forefront in times of healthcare crisis, whether that be an individual or global crisis; to be a patient advocate; to be a healthcare innovator; to be a change agent; and, ultimately, to provide the best healthcare possible for positive patient outcomes. The foundation of Ouachita’s nursing program is founded in a love of God and educates students to practice nursing using culturally and spiritually appropriate care to diverse individuals, groups and communities during times of need."

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Ouachita Director of Nursing 

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BSN courses are strategically planned throughout your course of study to build skills and knowledge that will be reinforced in the clinical setting. Leadership clinicals conducted in the senior semester can be conducted at the nursing student’s place of employment to allow for flexibility in your busy schedule. 

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You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from social and professional resources offered by national nursing organizations. Students can join Student Nursing Association upon declaring nursing as a course of study. You also may be invited into the most honored nursing honors society, Sigma Theta Tau.

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At Ouachita, you can pursue an additional B.A. degree in international missions, Spanish or biology with only one more year of study. These specialized degree programs are curated to prepare our nursing students for lives of extroardinary service, following their passions for medical missions, multicultural clinics and more.



between leading institutions.

Answering nationwide calls for innovation in healthcare education and more baccalaureate-level nurses, this new degree pairs the strengths of Ouachita Baptist University with the strengths of Baptist Health College Little Rock. Ouachita is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college founded in 1886 with a mission of fostering a love of God and a love of learning. And Baptist Health College Little Rock is a recognized leader in healthcare education since 1920 and an integral part of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock and Baptist Health, the largest healthcare system in Arkansas.



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