Aspen Nursing Student FAQ: Voluntary Surrender

Sep 20, 2022

What has happened?

Aspen University’s Arizona prelicensure nursing program has been on probation with the Arizona State Board of Nursing since March, 2022.

Recently, Aspen University notified the Arizona State Board of Nursing that it cannot meet the requirement in the consent agreement (and Arizona law) of an 80% NCLEX first time pass rate for calendar year 2022, and decided to surrender its Arizona provisional program approval (which is like a license).

What will happen now?

Aspen’s Arizona prelicensure nursing program will immediately begin a teach out process, which will be managed mostly by the Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

This means that the students who are already in the core nursing program, and wish to continue the program, will be permitted to complete the program at Aspen. Questions regarding other options should be directed to the Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

Aspen may not admit pre-licensure nursing students in Arizona, and the program will close down as soon as all of the current students have exited the program, and no later than September 20, 2024.

I’m an Aspen student and want to understand my options - who do I contact?

Please contact the Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

The Board of Private Postsecondary Education, along with the program’s accreditor, DEAC (Distance Education Accrediting Commission), will manage the teach out, assist with student transfers, and provide ongoing updates and information.