Baptist Health Schools Little Rock Nursing Program Review

Baptist Health Schools Little Rock (BHSLR) opened its doors in 1921. The school’s Christian principles and health-related curriculum are the main cornerstones that have shaped its identity over the years. Special emphasis is placed on student-focused education and various resources are set in place to achieve this.

Practical nursing, registered nursing and accelerated registered nursing programs are all offered by the school. Students can sit relevant licensure examination after completing any of these courses. The school is accredited by the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Its nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Practical Nursing

The practical nursing course offered at BHSLR is a 2-semester course with admission in January and July. Students are trained to work under the supervision of a registered nurse while providing important patient care. They are taught how to administer medication, personal hygiene and different treatments. Lectures are given 4 days per week.  The school does not offer online practical nursing courses.  

Registered Nursing

BHSLR has tailored its program to meet the specific needs of students according to their academic achievements when entering the program. Students that do not have any college experience or some college with few science credits can consider the Three Year Traditional Track to become registered nurses. During the first two years they take introductory nursing classes and health related courses. The school also offers general education courses to prepare them during their pre-professional stage.

Students with extensive college experience and some science credits can take the 2-year Express Track course. This is specially prepared for students with more experience and who have the selected college level courses to enter the program. They are trained to become registered nurses.  

If you are a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)/Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurses (LPTN) or Paramedic and have some college experience then you can take the 1-year accelerated track.  Admission to the program is once each year and applicants are trained to become registered nurses. If you are not an LPN/LPTN then you’ll have to apply for the traditional track.

If you are a Baptist Health RN graduate and wish to complete your Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), then you can consider the Completer Agreements program. This is an online course that is offered through the partnership between BHSLR, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and Arkansas Tech University (AR Tech).

Scholarships and Funding

BHSLR participates in Federal Aid programs. The main programs that fall under this category include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans and the Parent Plus Loan. There are also state aid programs such as: Arkansas Academic Challenge (specifically for nursing students), Academic Challenge Scholarships, Arkansas Workplace Improvement Grant and the Arkansas Go Grant.

BHSLR also offers institutional scholarships to students.The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarships and the Baptist Health ACT Academic Scholarship. The latter is only awarded for one semester and to students that have an exceptional ACT score. Students interested in the former must be in a freshman level program. The award amount varies depending on the donor’s available funds and eligibility criteria.


Baptist Health Schools Little Rock
11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR 72210-2820

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