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Nursing: BSN (On Campus or Dual Enrolled)

If you’re called to a career in nursing, pursuing your education at Ouachita can be a life-changing experience. Our nursing program is built on Christian values and beliefs, nursing standards and nursing ethics, so you’ll learn how to meet the healthcare needs in your community from outstanding nurse educators who are committed to academic excellence and to your spiritual growth. They’ll prepare you to provide holistic care to patients of all ages in structured and unstructured healthcare settings, around the block and around the world.

Hospitals

Clinics

Leadership and Management

Rehabilitation Centers

Case Management

Health Care Pathophysiology

Community Health

Transcultural Nursing

Leadership and Management

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

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Degree Options

You can live on campus and engage fully in Ouachita’s student-focused culture while you earn a 4-year BSN. Play intramural sports, participate in Tiger Tunes, accept an invitation to pledge one of Ouachita’s social clubs, lead or serve in any of our 40+ organizations, grow spiritually through weekly worship in Chapel and a host of programs sponsored by Campus Ministries. You can make the most of your opportunities to gain clinical experience, too.

Ouachita has relationships with 15 regional healthcare providers, as well as a $2.2 million Nursing Education Center on campus. Plug in to our growing nursing community of students and faculty members who are ready to support you along your educational journey.

This distinctive BSN program is in partnership with Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR), which is part of the largest healthcare system in Arkansas. You’ll have the opportunity to earn two degrees in four years, a BSN from Ouachita and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree from BCHLR, and enter the workforce one semester earlier than traditional nursing students.

 

RN-to-BSN year by year chart

 

The program is divided into three phases, and you’ll be a full-time Ouachita student throughout all of them. During Phase 1, you’ll live on campus for a minimum of four semesters—or longer should you choose to pursue an additional major. You’ll transition to dual enrollment at BHCLR for three semesters during Phase 2, when you’ll complete online coursework through Ouachita and receive pre-licensure theory and laboratory and clinical experience at BHCLR. After successfully completing all AASN degree requirements at BHCLR, you may apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Once you’ve passed, you’ll be eligible for Phase 3, completing BSN degree requirements during one final semester of online courses through Ouachita. Because the final semester is completely online after earning RN licensure, students are able to begin their careers while finishing their BSN courses.

Approved as a pre-licensure program by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

 

Are you already a licensed RN? Find out if Ouachita’s fully online RN-to-BSN program is a fit with your career goals.

In their words

hear from a faculty member & student

"To be a nurse means being at the forefront in times of healthcare crises, whether individual or global; to be a patient advocate; to be a healthcare innovator; to be an agent of change; and, ultimately, to provide the best healthcare possible for positive patient outcomes. We’re proud to educate men and women to support the region’s growing workforce needs and assist in meeting the demand in Arkansas for nurses with baccalaureate-level preparation."

Brenda headshotDr. Brenda Trigg
Ouachita's Director of Nursing 

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LEARN FROM QUALIFIED, COMPASSIONATE FACULTY

Ouachita’s four nursing faculty members bring a combined 118 years of nursing education and clinical experience to the program. As your teachers and mentors, they’ll be devoted to your intellectual and spiritual growth as they help you sharpen your critical thinking skills and exercise the service-oriented attitude and appreciation for cultural diversity that are valued both by the nursing profession and by Ouachita. Their goal is to equip a diverse cohort of nursing students to provide holistic care in structured and unstructured healthcare settings, locally and globally. 

Nursing students

GAIN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES

Ouachita’s $2.2 million, 6,600-square-foot Nursing Education Center will provide a home base for your nursing studies. This simulation and teaching center will feature a clinical skills lab, five simulated hospital patient rooms, a pharmacy and several high-fidelity mannequins that will allow you to perfect your assessment, clinical and communication skills. The center will supplement the adjacent 70,000 square foot Jones Science Center that also serves nursing students, and is scheduled to be completed before the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester.

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PREPARE FOR A LIFE OF MEANINGFUL WORK

Ouachita’s Department of Nursing can prepare you for a life of extraordinary service, providing Christ-like compassionate and holistic care to those in need—which is critically important as the U.S. experiences a nursing shortage. When you earn a BSN at Ouachita, you also can pursue an additional Bachelor of Arts degree in international missions, Spanish or biology with just one more year of study. These specialized degree programs are curated to equip you to follow your passion for medical missions, multicultural clinical healthcare and more.

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STUDY WITH

the best of the best

When you pursue a BSN at Ouachita, you’ll benefit from having a strong liberal arts education at a leading Christian university where you’re challenged and inspired to grow intellectually as well as spiritually. The Department of Nursing is part of Ouachita’s J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences, which is housed in the Harvey and Bernice Jones Science Center—one of the finest science education facilities in the region. The Patterson School has an excellent reputation for preparing students for healthcare fields; on average, more than 90 percent of its graduates who apply to medical or graduate school are accepted each year.

PATTERSON SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES

The Patterson School of Natural Sciences nurtures critical and creative thinking, an appreciation of the beauty and complexity of natural systems, the development of ethical codes, the ability to communicate effectively, and an understanding of the importance of service and leadership.

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