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Department of Nursing

You have a plan – you want to become a nurse. But have you thought about what you want from your nursing education? You need to know all your options — and what a degree from Ouachita can offer you. Deciding to study nursing at Ouachita will be a great choice for your future. With more than one million new nurses needed in the U.S. by 2024, Ouachita’s nursing degrees are answering the call for innovative health care education while preparing you for a life of meaningful work as a compassionate caregiver.

Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Nursing prepares students for the nation’s most trusted profession with curriculum and clinical experiences grounded in a love of God and love of learning. You’ll learn from and be mentored by distinguished faculty who are devoted to your intellectual and spiritual growth. Your curriculum and class discussions will develop in you critical thinking, a service-oriented attitude and an appreciation for cultural diversity – all valued by both the nursing profession and Ouachita.


Which nursing option?

Ouachita offers two pathways to obtain your BSN degree:
1. Ouachita's dual enrollment option is designed for the traditional freshman interested in attending classes on campus. 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.
2. Ouachita's fully online RN-to-BSN option is for those who already have an RN diploma and are looking for a fully online degree-completion program to earn a BSN degree. 
Learn more about each option:

Save the date! Public notice of upcoming accreditation review visit by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Ouachita Baptist University Department of Nursing, 410 Ouachita Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, wishes to announce that it will host a virtual site visit for initial accreditation of its Bachelor of Science Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program at a virtual meeting scheduled Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 11-11:30 a.m. using the link and password "cwkSa6ZY".

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email:

The deadline for submitting written comments to ACEN was September 7, 2020.

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