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Southern Arkansas University

at SAU
#1 in Arkansas
for 2020 NCLEX passage rate
among public four-year universities

About SAU Nursing

With a degree in nursing from SAU, you will be well equipped to work in this high-demand field. Classroom and clinical experiences provide the necessary training in the Department of Nursing. State-of-the-art facilities provide for traditional classroom space and the real-life hospital feel of the Wharton Simulation Lab. Students complete clinicals off-campus through partnerships with area medical facilities The Department of Nursing is committed to demonstrating our core values by providing students with opportunities for intellectual growth through cultivating compassion, communication, and skill development for career preparation in a global environment. We strive to meet regional health care needs by preparing graduates who demonstrate basic competency as health care providers.

BSN program ranks first among state-supported universities for NCLEX pass rate

Southern Arkansas University is pleased to announce that the 2020 graduates of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program ranked first among state-supported four-year universities in Arkansas for first-time NCLEX pass rate, as reported by the State Board of Nursing.

Mary Armwood, assistant professor of nursing, center, assists SAU students with procedures in the Wharton Nursing Building.

To obtain licensure in Arkansas, graduates of the program are required to take the National Council for Licensure Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN) which ensures candidates are well prepared for entry-level practice. For the 2020 year, which runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, SAU nursing graduates achieved a 97.3 percent pass rate on their first attempt, according to Dr. Karen Landry, department chair.


SAU is among the most affordable universities in the nation.
Average In-State Tuiton and Fees per Semester




*Tuition and fees are calculated as an average of public four-year universities published in-state tuition. Source: The College Board

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. 

Students from neighboring states may qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver, significantly reducing their overall cost to attend SAU.

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