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Leadership and Management

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Degree Details

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.

View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about the J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences.

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

Nursing: 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 RN-to-BSN completion 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. 

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

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

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Ouachita’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree consists of three distinct phases:

  • 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.



The dual degree RN-to-BSN completer program is a unique program that allows the student to gain an affordable and excellent nursing education. The benefit of this program is that is allows the student the opportunity to begin work as a registered nurse sooner than a traditional 4-year BSN program.

 Dr. Brenda Trigg
 Ouachita Director of Nursing  

Innovation & FLEXIBILITY

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. 

Associations & honors

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.

train for passionate service

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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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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