Message from the Dean of the Carr College of Nursing and ABSN Program Director

Welcome, and thank you for considering the Harding University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program to begin your journey to the profession.

Our 16-month program in Rogers, Arkansas, allows motivated students like you to realize their dream of becoming a professional nurse on an accelerated timeline.

Our launch is planned for January 2023. The ABSN program builds upon Harding University’s 47-year history of preparing qualified practice-ready professional nurses who can successfully pass the NCLEX-RN™ examination and move quickly into the diverse job market. Rooted in the Carr College of Nursing’s faith-based values characterized by servant leadership, nurse graduates stand apart from others as they practice the science, art and caring traditions of nursing with inspired excellence.

Dean Susan D. Kehl

To prepare you for the ever-evolving world of health care, our program has three unique elements. First, we offer students nursing theory courses in a completely online asynchronous environment. This allows you to complete your coursework when it works best for you.

Second, you will come to our state-of the art facility in Rogers for hands-on experience in simulation and clinical skills development. And finally, you will have quality clinical rotations at premiere health care facilities around Rogers and Fort Smith such as Mercy Health Systems, Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Vantage Point Behavioral Health.

For all these reasons and more, we believe you won’t find a better place to earn your BSN. There’s nothing we take more pride in than graduating from our program students who are clinically competent, technologically savvy and instilled with our core values — all components vital to nursing success in today’s health care workforce.

If you’re ready and committed to becoming a nurse on an accelerated timeline, we’d love to have you in our ABSN program. We can’t wait to see where your Harding University BSN takes you.


Susan D. Kehl, PhD, RN, CNE

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