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Prepare to be an RN, and earn your BSN with an affordable pre-licensure program.

Aspen’s Pre-licensure BSN program provides students with opportunities to become a BSN-educated nurse and learn the essential skills needed to practice as a professional registered nurse (RN). Skills lab, clinical simulation, seminars and community-based clinical experiences anchor the curriculum. Upon completion of their studies, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in the state or territory in which they choose to practice (the NCLEX is the national registered nurse examination used by all states for potential registered nursing licensure). Students provide their state board of nursing applicable forms to the School of Nursing, which completes them on behalf of the individual student, and take the exam in the state in which they choose to practice. Upon passing the NCLEX, students then work with their state Board of Nursing to finalize their professional licensure.

We designed this program for students who do not currently hold state registered nurse license and have little to no prior nursing experience. The program is currently approved by state boards of nursing in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Students must be able to attend Nursing Core classes at one of the two Aspen University campus locations in Arizona, or at an Aspen campus in Austin, TX or Tampa, FL.

Students are encouraged to review the state authorization information found on our website and within our Academic Catalog.

Program Highlights:

Finish FastComplete your BSN program in 36 months (9 semesters)
Enjoy an Innovative Hybrid Format83 of 120 credits completed 100% online
Forge AheadCourses begin throughout the year
Build your Skills through Practice – Fully equipped Aspen Center for Applied Learning in each location
Achieve Educational Goals and Career MobilityInteract with respected nursing leaders; network as you learn

Hybrid Format

All non-clinical courses are 100% online. *Students in Florida will participate in an additional in-residence component in non-clinical courses.
On-the-ground courses include labs, clinical simulation, hands-on clinical hours, and seminars.

Arizona Clinical Partners

HonorHealth is a five-hospital, nonprofit system in Scottsdale and north Phoenix area.  All five hospitals have been awarded Magnet recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing.

Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is a premier public teaching hospital and academic medical center for physicians, nurses, and allied health students. MIHS provides clinical opportunities at their acute care hospital, regional burn center, federally qualified health centers, comprehensive health center and behavioral health hospitals.

Aspen also maintains clinical affiliation agreements with Banner Health, Mountain Vista Medical Center, Paradise Valley School District, Bates Foundation, Hospice of the Valley, and many others in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Download the 2020 BSN (Pre-licensure) Handbook (Arizona)

Texas Clinical Partners

Aspen University’s Clinical Partnership is with the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. In the Austin/Round Rock region, clinical rotations are planned at 7 of the system’s largest hospitals and their associated acute care or community-based settings, ambulatory sites and clinics.

Download the 2020 BSN (Pre-licensure) Handbook (Texas)

Florida Clinical Partners

Bayfront HMA Medical Center in Tampa/St. Petersburg is a 480-bed teaching hospital, and the only state-designated Level II adult and pediatric trauma center in Pinellas County. Clinical rotations at Bayfront include medical, surgical, obstetrics, and geriatrics.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Tampa/St. Petersburg provides expert pediatric care for infants, children and teens in its 259-bed hospital providing care in over 50 specialties. It is the regional pediatric referral center for Florida’s West Coast.

Aspen also maintains clinical affiliation agreements with Care Connections at Home and Global Nurse Network, and the American Red Cross. These agreements round out the competencies taught through clinicals to also include community health and psychiatric.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • High School Transcripts – An official high school transcript or its equivalent. Waived if student has completed at least 15 credits of college level coursework.
  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts for all previous college credit earned.
  • Minimum GPA requirement – A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all previous high school and college credit.
  • Abilities and Behaviors Form – Submission of the signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form.

Competitive Evaluation Process for the Nursing Core

Aspen uses a competitive evaluation process to assess student readiness for the Nursing Core. The Nursing Core begins during the session in which students would enroll in SEM101, N110, HCA105, and HCA105L. Students are not guaranteed entry to the Nursing Core. Entry to the Nursing Core additionally requires:

  • Minimum GPA: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for all Pre-Professional Nursing Coursework.
  • HESI A2: A minimum required scores for English Composite-80; Math-80; A&P-75. Students who have previously completed the HESI A2 may submit score reports. Scores cannot be older than 12 months prior to the start date of the Nursing Core component of the program.
  • Criminal Background Check: Submission of a passed criminal background check.
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card: Submission of a fingerprint clearance card.

Pre-Professional Nursing (41 Credits)

Nursing Core (79 Credits)