Registered Nursing


registered Nursing
associate degree | atu ozark

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS-RN) prepares a graduate to function as an entry level registered nurse, providing direct care to persons as individuals and as members of a family or group. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for registered nursing practice to be competent, self-directed and capable of demonstrating leadership in the application of the nursing process in a variety of healthcare settings.

This program is designed for persons who are already licensed practical nurses (LPN) or paramedics who wish to pursue their AAS-RN degree, which allows them to sit for the Registered Nursing examination, the NCLEX-RN. The program also is designed to provide a transition to AAS-RN, thereby allowing students to transfer seamlessly to the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN-RN) program currently in place at Arkansas Tech University's main Russellville campus.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Hospital Clinical
  • Lab time with high-fidelity mannequins

Skills You Will Learn

  • Adhere to ethical and legal standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically and manage diverse patient populations in a variety of health care settings.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through participation in activities addressing quality of care and leadership in nursing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver competent nursing care in a manner that minimizes risk to patient, self, and others independently.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide theory based, individualized, culturally sensitive therapeutic nursing care to patients and families.
  • Effectively utilize all stages of the nursing process (assessment, data analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation) when caring for a wide variety of patients.
  • Teamwork, prioritization and clinical judgment.
  • Utilize research strategies and informatics to continuously monitor and improve the quality and safety of clinical practice.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • Acute care nurse
  • Charge nurse
  • Clinic nurse
  • Nurse in specialty field

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Baptist Fort Smith
  • Johnson Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Fort Smith
  • St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Ph.D. in Physical Therapy


Point of Pride

The program was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.





March 1: RN program application deadline!


IMPORTANT: Additional Documents Required for Online Application


RN Student Handbook
Course Descriptions
Program Outcomes



*Click the HESI Exam Information button above for more info. HESI exams will be held in the Health Sciences and Wellness building, room 117.

There are no HESI tests scheduled at this time. Dates for the next HESI testing will be posted in spring of 2025.

How to Create a Student Account for the HESI Exam


This program is designed for persons who are already licensed practical nurses (LPN) and wish to pursue their AAS-RN degree. Because they are already licensed, many of them also are already employed. This program of study is designed to provide greater flexibility by offering half of the nursing theory courses online and half of the nursing theory courses in classroom lectures, giving students an option to continue working while pursuing the degree.

A Paramedic to Registered Nursing transition course is available in Spring semesters.  In order to transition from the role of paramedic to registered nurse, the student must have an understanding of nursing concepts and theories related to meeting the basic needs of humans and the scope of practice for the RN.  To provide this opportunity, we have created a six credit hour transition course in which the nursing process is introduced.  Building on the knowledge of the paramedic, this course transitions paramedics to the professional scope and practice of the nurse.

Paramedics who wish to pursue the transition to registered nursing program must successfully complete RN 2006 Paramedic Transition to Nursing.  Paramedics choosing to transition to nursing will be required to apply to the Nursing program.  Students accepted into the program must complete a platform of 37 hours of coursework with a “C” or better and a minimum 2.75 GPA prior to admission to the technical phase of the RN program.  Paramedics must hold a National Paramedic Registry Certificate and at time of application must have 3 years of experience working directly with patients as a licensed Paramedic. Paramedics who choose to transition are not required to be Licensed Practical Nurses.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing) will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.


In order to be considered for admission to the Registered Nursing program, each student must meet the following criteria:

Paramedic to RN

If 600 hours are not completed by application deadline and student is selected for the program then it will be a conditional acceptance until either June 1st deadline or 600 completed work hours.


The Associate Degree of Registered Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Address: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326, Phone:  (404) 975-5000, Web site:


(479) 508-8500 ext. 6503


Program Faculty


Lisa Pittman
Program Chair

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6352

Jordan Wright

Jordan Wright

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6351