University of Central Arkansas Nursing School Review


The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a state-run university that was established in 1907. It started out with a curriculum focused around teaching, but this changed around 1967 when other courses were taken into consideration.

It has a diversified student body that is represented by national and international students. Known as the-“City of Colleges”,-  the school lives up to its name with the two colleges that can be found on the same premises. It boasts a beautiful campus that is dotted with all the necessary amenities for teaching and learning.

The Department of Nursing was founded in 1967 and offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Both courses are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Generic/Traditional BSN Track

The traditional BSN track is designed for students that do not have any license in nursing. They can choose to do any of the following depending on their preferences and qualifications:

a)      Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 4-Year Curriculum Plan: Students that have the necessary pre-requisites and do not need to take additional subjects can enroll in this program. They should have a chemistry subject from high school as part of their academic history.

b)     Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 5-Year Curriculum Plan: Students that for whatever reason find themselves unable to take the full credits in this program each semester can choose the 5-year plan. It is usually the best option for students that wish to be involved in other extracurricular activities and not just academics.

c)      Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 4-Year ROTC Curriculum Plan:  The ROTC student that wants to enter the world of nursing can enter this program. It is specially aimed at this group of students.

d)     Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Post-Degree Curriculum Plan: Students that have a baccalaureate degree in any field other than nursing from an Arkansas-supported college or university are welcome to apply to this course. It is also open to those that have an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts. They must complete and pass all the pre-requisite courses prior to enter the nursing program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) LPN-to-BSN Curriculum Plan

This course is for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) that have an unencumbered license and want to become registered nurses (RNs). At the end of the course they are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree provided all the courses in the nursing major and prerequisite courses have been completed with a passing grade.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) RN-to-BSN Curriculum Plan

This is an online track is aimed at registered nurses that have an unencumbered license and want to get their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. They must show proof of academic qualification through an accredited associate degree or hospital diploma programs. The program is also open to students that have an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts from an Arkansas-supported college or university. Those that fall into this category do not have to take the UCA’s General Education requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) RN-to-BSN/MSN Curriculum Plan

Registered nurses that want some degree of flexibility to complete their BSN and gain credits towards a MSN will find this course interesting. Only registered nurses that have an unencumbered license and graduated with an associate degree or hospital diploma programs can apply to the program. It is also open to those that have an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts from an Arkansas-supported college or university or a baccalaureate in a different field that is not related to nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered online to registered nurses that have a baccalaureate in nursing. Those that qualify can consider any of the following options:

a)      Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP): Registered nurses that want to be specialty health care providers will benefit from the content in this course.   They will be exposed to advance nursing practices that equip them with the necessary knowledge to provide health care solutions to adults.

b)     Family Nurse Practitioner (NP): Qualified graduates that have an unencumbered license and want to advance their studies to treat the family will be trained to do just that in this course. After successful completion, they will work as advanced nurses that diagnose and manage episodic and chronic illness. They will also be able to promote health and disease prevention.

c)      The Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty (NECS): This is not the traditional nursing program. Students are trained to be educators in various settings that can range from higher education for students to patient education.

d)     The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL): A clinical nurse leader is trained to work in various settings and with any type of patient. The program is managed by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC). After successful completion graduates are able to bring high levels of knowledge and competence to any area in the health care sector.

Contact:

University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035

 

 

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