BSN Programs in Arkansas
There are over 10 available nursing schools in Arkansas offering Bachelor’s of Nursing (BSN) degrees, with exactly 11 different nursing schools in our database.
View the full list and our summaries of each BSN program below. You can directly request information from featured programs on this page – they are currently accepting applicants from Arkansas residents.
Full List of All BSN Programs in Arkansas
Featured BSN programs accepting Arkansas applicants
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Campus-based programs in Arkansas
Arkansas State University
2105 Aggie Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72401
The bachelors of nursing science offered at the Jonesboro campus enables students to become eligible for the NLCEX-RN exam. Admission requirements include 30 prerequisite credits among them Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Chemistry and English composition I & II. The above must have been completed with a grade “C” or better. Qualified candidates with Spanish Proficiency are given preference over other students.
Once admitted, it takes 3 years of 6 regular semesters to complete the program. There are 11 BSN-specific nursing scholarship programs available for full time junior and senior students.
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915 East Market Avenue, Searcy, AR 72149
In addition to the usual general education prerequisites courses in Biology, Chemistry, Math and Anatomy & Physiology, candidates of the bachelor degree in nursing will have to complete NURS 100, 203, 300 and 363 during the early years. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the prerequisites while a GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of “C” grade must be maintained in the 4 nursing courses listed above. Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission dates. As a strong Christian university, there are options to take a second major in Leadership and Ministry or a minor in Health Missions.
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Henderson State University
1100 Henderson St, Arkadelphia, AR 71999
You begin your nursing BSN at Henderson as a pre-nursing student as you prepare for the nursing major. There is only one admission cycle annually for classes starting fall semester. The BSN in nursing degree plan requires pre-nursing courses be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or better before applying to the major or one semester towards completion. Numerous HSU nursing scholarships are available for nursing juniors and seniors in addition to scholarships from other external sources. Scholarships forms can be picked from the financial Aid offices for both university specific and external scholarships.
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University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
1125 W. Maple St, Fayetteville, AR 72701
The college of education and health professions has a BS in nursing undergraduate designed for eight regular semesters. The university admits students with a GPA of 3.0 computed from all nursing prerequisites courses taken prior to declaring interest in the major. An honors program of the generic nursing BSN is also available whereby; students complete an additional minimum of 6 credit hours from the university honors program and an additional 6 hours from the nursing department. Honors courses are taken in the last 3 semesters of the program. Nursing majors with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale can also be inducted in the Pi Theta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of nursing.
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University of Arkansas-Monticello
346 University Dr Monticello, AR 71656
Once admitted into the university with the intent of taking a BSN degree program, you must complete 35 general education hours and 22 support hours during the freshman and sophomore years. Such courses must be completed with a minimum of a grade “C” and a GPA of 2.5 or better. Major requirement in the junior and senior years consist is a package of 63 credit hours designed to be completed in 4 full time semesters. Students take an exit exam following completion of the last semester to enable them gain eligibility for the NCLEX-RN exam.
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University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
1200 University Dr, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
The generic Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at UAPB is an 8 regular semester plus 1 summer session program designed to prepare nurses for the NLCEX-RN exam. Freshman must declare nursing as an intended major before starting on prerequisite courses which include Anatomy & Physiology I & II, College algebra, Humanities, Literature, Nutrition, Chemistry and English. The upper division courses start in the fall semester of the sophomore year and continue for a period of 3 full time years. To be allowed to graduate, all courses in the major must be completed with a minimum of “C” grade or GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205
This exclusive medical science university is part of the University of Arkansas system. The baccalaureate nursing program was the first program offered at the university in 1953. As a comprehensive medical and academic center, you will expect intensive training in the state-of-the-art medical facilities which form part of the university. Courses are offered at Little Rock campus and the off-campus site at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. There are two versions of the traditional nursing program. The first is the generic option for students who have completed at least 64 credits in pre-nursing sciences and arts courses. These can be taken onsite or from any community college. The 60 upper division nursing credits start on a summer semester. The second option is a BSN Nursing Honors Program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. For this option, students complete an additional 10 graduate-level courses alongside the generic BSN requirements. The Gamma Xi chapter of STTI honor is also open for excelling students.
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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
5210 Grand Av, Fort Smith, AR 72913
To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program, a candidate must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all prior college coursework. There are two admission cycles for fall and spring semesters but admission is competitive hence, only a limited number of candidates are admitted. The program provides a guaranteed 8-semester plan for first time freshmen but other degree plans are also available. Upon admission, the 1st 3 semesters are dedicated for prerequisite courses totaling to 47 hours. All must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all major courses and any other coursework attempted at Fort Smith with a GPA of 2.00
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University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Av, Conway, AR 72035
Admission into the bachelor of nursing degree program is selective and competitive. High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 to be eligible for admission. New students are admitted once annually in the semester starting January. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 79 taken in the last 2 years. The program has two components: a pre-nursing portion consisting of 34 hours from Writing, English, Math, Psychology, Biology, History, Speech, Nutrition, Chemistry, and sociology. The second is a 6-semester professional nursing portion consisting of nursing support courses and clinical courses semester hours. All courses in the major are offered once annually in a sequential manner.
Arkansas Northeastern College Nursing Program Review
Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) was established from the merger in 2003 between Cotton Boll Technical Institute and Mississippi County Community College. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Its nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The School administers classes at different centers, but the main campus is located in Blytheville. Potential nursing students have a rich choice of options to pursue their interests in the nursing field. These options include:
Associate Degree in Nursing (Traditional Route)
This is a 2-year associate degree program. During the course students are prepared to become registered nurses and after completion can sit the National Council of Licensure Examinations for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) for licensure. Various non-traditional subjects are included in the nursing courses to better prepare students when dealing with patient care. The course is offered at the ANC Burdette Campus and the Paragould Campus. The program is offered through distance learning. The Associate Degree in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing is conferred to successful graduates upon completion of the associate degree nursing (ADN) program.
Associate Degree in Nursing (LPN to RN Program)
This course is open to LPNs that are interested in further studies in the nursing field. There are essentially two options to choose from. They can choose the traditional Associate Degree in Nursing or the Accelerated Program. The requirements for admission into each of these programs depend on selected admission criteria that are not limited to completion of specific subjects.
This is a 13-month course that prepared students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Students that successfully complete the course can sit the National Council of Licensure Examinations for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) for licensure. They are awarded a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing and are exposed to subjects such as nutrition, drug administration and pharmacology. The program is offered at both the ANC Burdette and Paragould Campuses.
Nursing Assistant Program
Students that want to enter the nursing professional quickly will find this eight week proficiency course of particular interest. It is approved by both the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medical Services Office of Long Term Care. The course includes 90 hours of training as required by the Arkansas Department of Health. Once it is successfully completed a Certificate of Proficiency is awarded and students are recognized as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs). A Medical Terminology course is included in the curriculum along with Cardio-Respiratory Resuscitation and First Aid. The course is administered at the ANC Burdette and Paragould Campuses and accepts admission twice each year.
Scholarships for Nursing Students
Arkansas Northeastern College has a healthy source of scholarships that are available to promising nursing students. The DR. Charles C. & Carolyn Brock Scholarship, Sharon Fulling Memorial Scholarship and Nelson Nursing Scholarship are just some of the few nursing specific scholarships that are open to students. Employment opportunities are also available and these allow students to have a balanced work-study academic life. Many of the work-study positions are available on campus, but there is also the possibility to work in local community service agencies outside.
Students that aren’t successful in finding a scholarship can consider federal grants, fee waivers, waiver scholarships and loans as possible solutions to fund their academic pursuit.
Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division St.
Blytheville, AR 72315
Arkansas State University Nursing School Review
Arkansas State University (ASU) gained university status in 1967. The University currently has campuses in Jonesboro, Beebe, Mountain Home and Newport. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association along with other accrediting institutions.
Founded in 1909, the university continues to offer a wide range of courses and programs to students with different career goals. Among, these many programs, is its nursing program which is offered at the Nursing School at the university. Students can choose either an associate’s degree or more advanced studies. After completion of the course, they are eligible to sit the required examinations for licensure.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)
The content covered revolves around liberal arts and health subjects. The student is groomed throughout the course to undertake various types of responsibilities that are directly linked to the nursing profession. A list of academic requirements must be successfully completed prior to submitting an application. A grade “C” or higher is required in all cases. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) that are interested in an AASN must ensure that more than 12 months have passed prior to submitting their application requests. The school offers two options for an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN):
1- LPN to RN (AASN): In this course nursing professions are taught the essentials that they relate to caring for individuals with well-defined problems. Both individuals in acute care and community based settings are presented throughout the course. All students are encouraged to have all the necessary qualities outlined in the Student Handbook before they undertake the course.
2- Traditional AASN: To undertake this course, students must be certified as a Nursing Assistant (CNA). It is designed for those that do not have any previous experience as a licensed nurse. The three main campuses that the program is taught are: ASU Beebe-Beebe, ASU Mountain Home- Mountain Home and Mid-south Community College- West Memphis. Students are prepared for the beginning practice as registered nurses. After successful completion, nurses are fully equipped to provide secondary care for illnesses that are common and recurrent. However, they are not specialist, but have the general knowledge to provide the necessary care for known illnesses. They work instead as a generalist.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This course also builds on a foundation of liberal arts and health subjects. Graduates are prepared to provide both direct and indirect care to individuals. The options that are available for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing include:
1) Traditional BSN for students with no nursing experience: Students are prepared to provide both direct and in-direct care to individuals. The program covers an extensive outline that include both health-related and non related courses to mold professionals that have a general outlook on the nursing profession and not the traditional approach. Upon successful completion students can embark on career opportunities in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, clinics, just to name a few.
2) 2nd Degree Accelerated Option: The program is open to students that have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in another field, but are interested in completing their BSN in one year. It is a second degree accelerated program with an intense course outline.
3) LPN- BSN: The University is part of a statewide articulation program that makes it possible for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to further their studies at the advanced level. Through this initiative, LPNs can earn credit by articulation or by challenge examination. The program is also open to licensed psychiatric technician nurses (LPTN) that are seeking a BSN. Through successful articulation it is possible for LPNs and LPTNs to earn sophomore level credit. LPNs can complete the course in two years provided that the prerequisite requirements are met. They should apply to the junior level nursing courses to make this possible.
4) RN-BSN: Registered nurses that wish to get their Bachelor of nursing at the school will also benefit from the specialized track that has been created to make this possible. The length of study will depend on previous college credits and additional credits that are needed to complete the program. The RN to BSN program is specially tailored to meet individual needs according to applicant’s proficiency. RNs that want to enter the program must have at least 1000 hours of work experience after getting their license. This depends on the number of years they have been acting in the profession. Only professionals with unencumbered licenses can apply. The course is open to registered nurses (RNs) and students with an associate degree in nursing. RN’s with an associate degree in nursing can complete the course in two years. Students that want more flexibility can consider the RN-BSN Nursing courses (NRS/NRSP) that are available online. RNs will be granted reduced nursing clinical hours provided they meet the necessary requirements.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Students that already have a BSN and wish to specialize in specific health fields may find this option interesting. The specialties that are currently being offered by the school include:
1) Nurse Anesthesia (NA): This is a full time course that can be completed in 28-months. It is designed for Registered Nurses that want to enter the anesthesia profession. They will be recognized as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist after taking and successfully passing the examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
2) Adult Health Nursing-Educator option (AH): Study for this course can be undertaken on a full-time or part time basis. As future nurse Educators, students are exposed to a list of courses that involve both clinical and non-clinical subjects. A clinical and nursing practicum must be completed to successfully complete the course.
3) Adult Health: Nursing Administrator: Students are taught leadership skills along with many other areas that prepare them for advanced practice role. They will be trained and taught how to create a working environment, interact with different professionals, entrepreneurial partnership skills among other areas.
4) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Successful applicants are trained for entry into primary health care practice. There are exposed to a list of core and support courses that can be completed online whether they prefer on a full-time or part-time basis. They must complete the 45 credit hours that are comprised of clinical, support, core and theoretical courses.
Arkansas State University
2105 Aggie Road
Arkansas Tech University Nursing School Review
Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a state-supported institution that is located in Russellville. It was founded in 1910 and currently has a growing student body. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges. The school boasts the highest graduation rates in the state of Arkansas despite its size.
Future and current nurses interested in pursuing their education there will find excellent resources to facilitate their goals. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and this is open to registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and first time students. All eligible students may sit the national examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse once they have successfully completed the course.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Students that enroll will receive a firm foundation for graduate study. Occasional travel to areas outside of the University is necessary to fulfill the course requirements. The school also uses the health care facilities that are located in Arkansas River Valley area.
RNs and LPNs are welcome to apply to the program, and where necessary can challenge, validate or receive credit for specific nursing programs that are part of the course. The university also offers online courses to RNs that are interested in obtaining their BSN.
This is a 3-semeser course that is administered at the ATU-Ozark Campus. The content of the course revolves around both theory and clinical practice. The University adopts a holistic approach to the former and provides the necessary grounds for training at many health care centers for the latter.
A.A.S. in Allied Health with a Practical Nursing
Successful completion of this course does not lead to RN credential. The content of the course prepares students for the BSN program that is at Russellville campus. After successful completion the students sit exams for licensure in Practical Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing (Administration and Emergency Management): This course prepares students to assume administrative roles in a list of health care institutions. Students that want to enter areas in sectors that relate to emergency management will be trained in using concepts related to preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. The curriculum is based on a multidisciplinary approach that uses many areas related to planning and emergency management to ensure that students are fully trained to act in any setting.
Scholarshipsfor Nursing Students
Nursing students can consider applying for scholarships through the Office of Development or through the Nursing Department. The department of nursing has five different types of scholarships available. They are: Nell Teeter Balkman Nursing, Junior Auxiliary of Russellville Nursing Award, Hazel Thrasher Memorial Scholarship Fund, Dr. Charles and Joyce Wilkins Nursing Scholarship and Yell County Medical Society Scholarship. The award amounts differ and so does the requirements for acceptance.
If you are a transfer student and worried about funding, you may consider the few scholarships that university has for transfer students. The main transfer scholarships are: Tech Transfer Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Presidential Honors Transfer Scholarship and Academic All-Star Scholarship.
Distinguished scholars that demonstrate academic excellence can be eligible for the University’s competitive funding options. These scholarships are only awarded to excellent students and award amount covers up to eight semesters or until the completion of the undergraduate degree.
The Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) and Student Nurses Association are two interesting clubs that nursing students can consider. The latter was founded in 1998 and the former in 1977. There is also the Medical Assistance Association (1982) and Pre-Med Society (2008) that are also active at the school.
Living on Campus
You can choose to live on campus if you prefer. The residence halls are structured to offer different living environments to suit your preferences. Whether you are looking for a building next to your classes or one that has enough rooms to share with up to three friends, you can find these options there. There are 14 residential students and first year students can chose from 11 of these units to live in.
Arkansas Tech University
402 West O Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Tel: (800) 582-6953
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.
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.
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
East Arkansas Community College Nursing Program Review
East Arkansas Community College (EACC) has been in operation since 1974. The school is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Department of Allied Health Science offers health related courses as part of the school’s curriculum.
Nursing students can choose the Traditional Track Nursing Program and LPN/LPTN Accelerated Track Nursing. Both programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).
Traditional Track Nursing Program
This is a 2-year program that has been in operation since 1976. Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be able to apply both theoretical and practical knowledge in the nursing practice. In addition to this, they will acquire the necessary communication skills to relate to patients, families and other nursing and non-nursing professionals.
To be accepted into the program, applicants must comply with the entry requirements that include, but are not limited to: sound physical disposition, clear analytical thinking, ability to work under stress, make quick decisions, etc.
The LPN/LPTN Accelerated Track
This is a 1-year course that was implemented in 1990. It is an intense course and students are sought by local recruiters during the spring semester of each year. The core goal of this program has many similarities with the traditional track nursing program. Acceptance into the program is only possible if all requirements are met.
Professional Development Course: RN to EMT Program
Registered nurses (RNs) that want to acquire knowledge as an Emergency Medical Technical at the basic level will receive the necessary training in this course. It is a professional development course geared specially towards RNs. Upon successful completion, the RN will be able to treat and assess an acutely ill or injured patient in a pre-hospital setting. They will also be able to sit the National Registry EMT Basic Certification Examination.
Health Care Provider-CPR Courses
This course is open healthcare providers that handle different types of patients. It is not specifically geared towards nurses, but to anyone that want to develop the necessary skills needed to respond to different types of patients. After successful completion, the participant will be knowledgeable about the relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO), ventilation with a bag-mask device and oxygen, just to name a few.
EACC understands the importance of proving scholarship opportunities to students. This is evident through the numerous scholarships that are available. Nursing students can consider the General Education Scholarship, Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, Eleanor B. and Harry E. Beasley Scholarship, Jessie Smith Swindle Scholarship, Community Leader Scholarship and Ben T. Whitfield Memorial Scholarship.
The Academic Achievement Waiver is open to students that graduate within the area that EACC provides services. The percentage of the waiver will depend on ACT scores. The school offers 50 % and 100% tuition waiver.
The EACC Nursing Program Scholarship is another alternative for nursing students. Students must be admitted to the nursing program and commit to work within the state of Arkansas for 2 years for every year the scholarship was received once the course is finished.
East Arkansas Community College
1700 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Harding University Nursing School Review
Harding University (HU) is a private Christian institution that is located in Searcy, Arkansas. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It was established after the merger between Arkansas Christian College and Harper College in 1924. Recognized as being the first Campus of Character in October 2002, Harding University promotes the importance of good character and the necessary steps to nurture one.
The school is firmly rooted in its Christian values and this is a solid part of everyday life on campus. Among its different colleges is its College School of Nursing (Carr College of Nursing) that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Applications are welcome from students that wish to pursue a degree in nursing at the school. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year full-time track that builds on the school’s curriculum outline to prepare students for the challenges of the nursing professional. It also has a part-time program that allows working professionals and anyone else that is unable to enroll in the full-time track to take its nursing course. After successful completion, students can sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Once they pass and are not hindered in any way, they can enter the nursing profession in generalist positions.
Advanced Placement Track (APT) (RN to BSN, LPN to BSN)
This course option is open to licensed nurses that have already taken pre-requisite courses and possess an unencumbered current Arkansas nursing license. This applies to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and licensed psychiatric technical nurses. The course is a spin off from the Carr College of Nursing’s adoption of the articulation program that has been established in Arkansas to assist licensed nurses to gain higher education at a faster pace. Students must also have work experience and should not have obtained their degree or diploma 12 or more months before applying for admission to the program. In the absence for work experience, they must take the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NLN-ACE). The options available are:
Registered Nurses (RN to BSN):
Registered nurses can take the advanced placement track if they meet the requirements and hold an unencumbered current Arkansas state license. They are required to take the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams II — RN-BSN if more than 12 months have passed since they graduated and if they do not have the necessary work experience requested. They must complete pre-requisite courses to be eligible to enter the Advanced Placement Track. They may also opt to do the traditional track which consists of level I and II with options with sequence A or sequence B. As part of graduation requirement, they must also complete 8 hours of textual Bible classes.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN or LPTN):
Licensed practical nurses and licensed psychiatric technical nurses must sit the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams I-LPN-BSN (NLN-ACE) if they do not have the necessary work experience and graduated more than 12 months before seeking admission into the program. Students enter the traditional track and not the advanced placement track after completing the necessary prerequisite courses.
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
Henderson State University Nursing School Review
Previously known as Arkadelphia Methodist College which was founded in 1890, the current Henderson State University (HSU) has grown to become the second oldest university in Arkansas. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For its nursing program, it is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
The courses administered at the university are offered through the five college and schools that comprise its foundation, namely: Ellis College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Teachers College, Honors College and Graduate school. The school also offers modern facilities and extensive resources to promote a rich academic life.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) gives students the necessary foundation that allows them to enter graduate school. They are trained throughout the program with hands-on experience and also in clinical settings. The school also endeavors to introduce liberal-arts courses into its curriculum with the intent of grooming students to be astute in all aspects and not just within the concepts of traditional nursing courses. Classes are small to ensure that a more personalized approach is adopted when teaching. The course is a four year professional nursing program and students that have a Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) can qualify for course waivers where applicable
HSU Nursing Scholarships
The University offers a wide range of institutional scholarships to nursing students that are at different levels in their studies. Among the many options to choose from are:
1) Bea Narracong Scholarship– Available to both junior and senior nursing students at HSU. Special consideration is given to students that are involved in community services or professional activities.
2) Eastern Star Nursing Scholarship– Available to both junior and senior students. The scholarship is open to applicants that Order of Eastern Star and Masonic relationships. Their Grade Point Average (GPA) is also taken into consideration.
3) Ester Black Nursing Scholarship– This scholarship is only for senior nursing students. The selection criterion is based on the students completing one semester as HSU.
4) Evelyn Latimer Scholarship– This scholarship is open to both junior and senior students at the university. To be considered students must be playing an active part of the HSU Student Nurses Association.
5) Mary Taylor Nursing Scholarship– The scholarship is only open to junior students. It was established to award students that are interested in the school’s nursing course, but have completed courses unrelated to nursing.
6) Molly Wilson Nursing Scholarship– This scholarship is open to both junior and senior students. It is open to students with children or those that have engaged or are active in military services.
External Nursing Scholarships
1) Martha Harding Gann Memorial Scholarship– Open to senior students or juniors that are near to become seniors.
2) Arkansas Nurses Foundation– Awarded to registered nurses who meet the requirements.
3) Arkansas Public Health Association– Awarded to full-time students that are enrolled in the nursing program.
4) Baptist Health Medical Center Arkadelphia-Awarded to those that undertake work responsibilities during the course and agree to post graduation employment.
5) Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)-Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national. They must also be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited institution.
6) Little Rock Black Nurses Association of Arkansas-Open to RN and LPN students.
7) National Park Medical Center Scholarships– Awarded to those that undertake work responsibilities during the course and agree to post graduation employment. Preference given to upperclassman.
8) Navy Nurse Corps Program-Students must be under 30-years old and be enrolled as a junior or senior.
9) Programs in Psychiatric Nursing (PIPN)- Must be enrolled in a NLN Accredited School of Nursing. Preference given to employees of the PIPN affiliated hospitals.
10) Saint Joseph’s Regional Health Center- Awarded to those that undertake work responsibilities during the course and agree to post graduation employment. Preference given to upperclassman.
11) Share Foundation
12) Uams Nursing StudenT Program
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street,
Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Nursing Program Review
Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a not-for-profit private regional hospital that is located in Southeast Arkansas. It started through the initiatives of Mattie Crawford. Despite the hardships and humble beginnings, JRMC has blossomed into a 471 bed hospital with an exemplary value system.
It offers primary care and a whole list of other services. It is licensed by the Arkansas State Health Department and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization. Its School of Nursing is open to a wide range of students that want to embrace various roles in health care. The programs offered include:
Diploma of Nursing
This is a two-year program that is open to students that are U.S citizens. The program does not accept international students on student visas or anyone that is not a U.S. citizen. The first year of the program is focused on college courses. Students can take these courses at Southeast Arkansas College, UAPB any accredited college. Students learn in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation lab and enhanced curriculum. After they have completed the required college courses, they can complete the program in 24-months.
Any Licensed practical nurse (LPN) or Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse (LPTN) is eligible for advanced placement if they meet the prerequisite requirements. They must hold a current, unencumbered Arkansas license to be accepted into the program. LPN and LPTN professionals that have one year working experience in acute care may test out of specified courses if they provided their scores are acceptable and in line with the requirements.
Those that do not have experience in acute care, but that have worked in certain specialty areas can also challenge credits. All LPNs and LPTNs that are successful to test out of specific subjects must complete the program within 11 months and not less.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) provided there are no hindrances. All students must inform the Arkansas State Board of Nursing about any crimes and convictions in the past. A background check is also performed at an extra cost.
There are three avenues for students to get the necessary funding to assist with the cost of their education. These include:
1) JRMC financial assistance program that has specific criteria for acceptance. Information is available through inquiries to the school.
2) Arkansas Scholarship Program and Federal Pell Grants
3) Student loans
Student Nurses’ Association
Students interested in participating in the State and National Student Nurses’ Association can join the JRMC School of Nursing Student Association (JSNSA). The organization provides support to nursing students in the form of education and other fundamental interests that help to shape nursing students to better embrace their roles in the future. It adopts a holistic approach through self government.
Students that are concerned about job placement can inquire at the JRMC
HR Department. It provides the necessary services and assistance to students that are seeking employment. This can be on a part-time basis while as a student at JRMC or full-time after graduating .
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
School of Nursing
1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
National Park Community College at Hot Springs Nursing Program Review
The National Park Community College (NPCC) is a two year community college that was established from the merger between Garland County Community College and Quapaw Technical Institute. The College is the fourth largest in Arkansas and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NPCC prides itself for being one of the main employers in the region. It is located southwest of Little Rock and has a very vibrant environment on campus and off campus.
Future nursing students can choose from a wide range of courses that enables them to the integrated into the nursing profession with modern skills and knowledge. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) are the leading institutions that have given their stamp of approval on the courses. The courses that are available at the school include:
Certificate for Proficiency Nursing Assistant (CNA)
This is a one semester course that equips students with basic skills to work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. It also provides the building blocks for future studies as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). Upon successful completion of the course, applicants can take the certification test and after passing may work as a nursing assistant.
Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree (RN)
Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing (ASN-RN) students must have completed two years of general education courses before sending in their applications. The selection process is based on TEAS tests and GPA. After successfully completing the course, students can sit the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses RN.
Advanced Standing: LPN/LPTN Applicants to RN Track
This program is based on rolling admission and eligible applicants, once accepted, are given a start date to enter the course. The course is only open to licenses licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed psychiatric technical nurses (LPTNs) that want to gain an associate degree to become a registered nurse (RN). All applicants to the course must ensure that their licenses are active to be awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (A.S.N.).
High School to ASN Track (3 Year Plan)
This program is a three year course. During the first year, students are exposed to general courses that are pre-requisites to enter the nursing program. After successfully completing the first year, they are then exposed to the nursing curriculum. They are also given the opportunity to select additional courses that will give them the jump-start for higher education for a BSN.
Technical Certificate Practical Nursing (PN) (Day/Night)
Students are encouraged to evaluate their time and dedication to the nursing career before they apply to this course. The curriculum is intense and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing outlines the number of hours that must be completed in the course to successful graduate. Attendance is essential and students must comply with the established limits. Those that fail to do so are dropped from the course.
Technical Certificate in Pharmacy Technology
Students that are interested in this course will have two possibilities to choose from: a 12-month course that rewards a Technical Certificate degree or a 24-month program that awards an Associate Degree. Upon successful completion of the course, students can take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Applicants that successfully pass the course will be granted national certification. They will be recognized as Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).
Certificate of Proficiency Medical Aide
Students accepted into the program are fully trained to work in nursing homes. Successful completion of the program allows students to take the state proficiency test. After passing, they can work as a MA-C.
National Park Community College
101 College Drive
Hot Springs National Park
Tel: (501) 760-4222
North Arkansas College Nursing Program Review
Formerly known as North Arkansas Community/Technical College, North Arkansas College (NAC) is a reputable two-year public college. It prides itself with the ever increasing student body that highlight the quality and importance of the courses offered.
It was noted for its efforts in preserving the environment, evidenced in it becoming the first “Climate Neutral” campus. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All of its RN courses are accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The PN courses offered at the institution are accredited by the former. The nursing courses offered at the school include:
Associate of Applied Science Degree- Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
This is an intensive course that is offered to licensed practical nurses that want to become registered nurses. The curriculum can be completed in one year and after successful completion students can sit the state examination for licensure.
Associate of Applied Science Degree-Registered Nurse
This is a full-time program that is offered through two tracks. The traditional RN program begins every fall in August and students must present be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) “Healthcare Provider Course” and meet a list of requirements to be accepted into the course. Students are encouraged to seek the necessary financial assistance and to think carefully about their available time prior to entering the program.
Technical Certificate- Practical Nursing
This is an 11-month long course that is offered twice per year. Admission into the program is based on a list of factors that include, but are not limited to high school transcript or GED scores, medical examinations and willingness to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) American Heart Association Health Care Provide.
Certifies Nursing Assistant- CNA
In this course, students are taught the essentials of patient care. Students interested in the program can choose either the day or even class. The college offers both day and evening classes. The former is a 120-hour class that, whereas the latter is 90-hour class. After successfully completing the required courses, students can sit the state certification exam and after passing are recognized as Nursing Assistants.
Bachelor Degree Partnerships
North Arkansas College has partnered with several institutions of higher education to give students the flexibility of completing advanced studies at the school. Depending on the program students complete their freshman and sophomore classes at the college and the junior and senior level at the partnering institution. Those that are interested in obtaining their BSN can consider the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) is open to registered nurses that have an active license. It can be completed in one year and can be done online. Students must an accredited associate degree or diploma program to enter the program. The program is possible due to the partnership between North Arkansas College and Arkansas Tech University.
North Arkansas College
515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, AR 72601
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Nursing Program Review
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) is a two-year higher education institution with campuses in Dewitt, Helena-West and Stuggart. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The history of the school dates back to as far as 1965. Since then, major expansion and reconstruction have adequately prepared it for the growing student body.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The school offers many interesting courses. Future nursing students that want to enter the world of healthcare will find the following programs there:
ADN Associate Degree Nursing
Various courses are taught throughout the curriculum with the intent of shaping students to better understand their roles as nurses and how these play out in dealing with patients. Students are also introduced to hands-on training that prepares them to interact with patients of all developmental and chronological ages. Strong emphasis is placed on how nurses communicate with patients to ensure that their needs are met regardless of any surrounding situation at the time. Entry into the program is also extended to students that are interested in proving their credentials through challenge or articulation. This includes any Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse (LPTN) who is ineterested. Upon successful completion of the course, students can sit the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Practical Nursing (PN) Program
The practical nursing program does not cover the scope and skills required to be a registered nurse. The course focuses on all the areas that students will need to integrate into their lives to better prepare them for attending to community needs. As such, when they have successfully completed the course they will be able to perform the functions of a practical nurse. Provided there are no hindrances, they will also be eligible to sit the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Nursing Assistant Program
Students are prepared to provide the daily assistance that is needed for home-based patients. This includes basic services that range from bathing, feeding, grooming, etc. It is important that applicants to the program have a strong sense of care and ability to work under stressful situations. After completion of the course, they can sit the National Council Licensure examination for Nursing Assistants provided there are no hindrances.
Phillips Community College has a wide list of financial aid opportunities that allow students to offset education costs and thus better focus on their studies. These opportunities take the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. The scholarships that are available to students (including nursing students) include:
1) Chancellor’s Scholarship
2) Academic Excellence Scholarships
3) Technical Achievement Scholarship
4) Foundation scholarships
5) Single Parent Family Scholarship
6) State of Arkansas Scholarships
Other forms of financial aid:
1) Workforce Improvement Grant-Offered through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
2) Career Pathways-Open to students that have received Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) or are currently receiving. Also those that are earn below 250% of the federal poverty. Must also be receiving food stamps, Medicaid, or ARKids.
3) Individual Development Account- Provides assistance with tuition, books and fees through an assistance program with participating banks and low income families.
4) Vocational Rehabilitation- Open to students that are physical or emotional handicaps.
5) Workforce Investment Act- Provides assistance with tuition, books and fees.
6) Federal Aid
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
1210 Rice Belt Ave
DeWitt, AR 72042
2807 Hwy 165 S, Box A
South Stuttgart, AR 72160
1000 Campus Drive
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Southeast Arkansas College Nursing Program Review
Formerly known as Arkansas Vocational-Technical School, Southeast Arkansas College is a two-year higher education institution based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is also a tobacco-free facility, so anyone wishing to smoke must leave the campus in order to do so.
The school is also known as SEARK and adopts the motto: “Changing Lives… One Student at a Time!”. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Strong emphasis is placed on technical subjects and work place development. The counties Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln all benefit from the school’s presence. Various courses are offered to its diversified student body. Interested nursing students will find the following programs there:
The practical nursing course is a bridge program that allows students to transfer credit to other institutions. The course is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and after successful completion students can sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) provided there is nothing that precludes them. During the program, students are trained to give primary care to patients. They also learn how to work with other professionals that will ultimately supervise them such as: registered nurses, clinical instructors, etc. Admission to the program occurs twice yearly and classes are administered full-time, part-time and on weekends.
Students that want to learn the essentials of performing specific duties that relate to home or in a health-care setting will be taught these in this course. The course is for those that want to be Nursing Assistants or Home Health Aides. Classes are taught by a Registered Nurse and comply with the Health Care Finance Administration under the OBRA 1987 Guidelines and Rules and Regulations for Home Health Agencies in Arkansas. They are offered twice per year. After successful completion student can take the Arkansas State Certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA).
LPN/Paramedic to RN Nursing Transition Program
Admission to this course is once yearly and is only open to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedics (NREMT-P). Both professionals must have an unencumbered license when applying to the program. The course is intended to provide the necessary training and information that enables LPNs and NREMT-P to become registered nurses. Special care is taken to ensure that the time frame for the course is favorable and that students receive the necessary advancement placement where necessary to avoid repeating courses. After they have successfully completed the course, they will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
LPN to RN Pre-Professional Curriculum
This program is being offered as a result of a partnership established between Southeast Arkansas College and Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s School of Nursing (JRMC). It is a diploma RN program and after completion, students are awarded a Nursing Diploma from JRMC. They start the pre-requisite courses at Southeast Arkansas College and then complete the program at JMRC. To be admitted into the program, students must complete Practical Nursing Program Completion and Licensure and meet the requirements established by JMRC for admission into its program.
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street Pine Bluff
Southern Arkansas University Nursing School Review
Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is a four-year public university that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association. The history of the school dates back to as far as 1909 when a competition was set in place to have the Third District Agricultural School located in Magnolia.
Today, it offers a wide range of programs, including nursing courses which range from:
Associate Degree Program in Nursing (ADN)
This is a 4-semester course that is grounded on liberal arts, science and nursing subjects. Students are trained to function at entry level and are exposed to clinical laboratory experiences in various health care sectors. In the first year of the course, students are taught general education courses and in the second specific nursing courses. The ADN Nursing Program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Students that have successfully completed certain subject at the time of application will be given priority rank.
LPN-RN Transition Program
This course is open to students that are currently licensed practical nurses (LPNs), licensed vocation courses (LVNs) and Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurses (LPTN) that want to complete their Associate of Science Nursing Degree.
This LPN to RN course is specifically structured to allow these professionals to gain the necessary mobility towards qualifications in a leading learning environment. The curriculum can be completed in three semesters with the flexibility of doing the general education courses at Southern Arkansas University or any other accredited university. The course is considered a fast track course, and only professionals with unencumbered licenses can apply. Students interested in this program can choose between a traditional option or a transition option. The former allows them to complete the course in 4 semesters, whereas the latter in three.
Students that are enrolled in this course will be trained to practice as a general specialist. They will be able to perform their roles in various health care setting including with families and the general community. Students that complete the Nursing Curriculum Support Courses (NCSCs) will be given priority ranking to enter the BSN program. This is a four year course and students that took courses from community colleges will not have the hours transferred as part of their requirement to graduate from Southern Arkansas University.
Registered nurses (RNs) that have current unencumbered licenses are welcome to apply to this course. The full-time program can be completed in two years. The course includes liberal arts, general education and nursing content. Focus is also placed on leadership qualities and roles in the last semester. Registered nurses must be graduates from a NLN accredited associate degree program or diploma program to be considered for admission. They must also ensure that all general requirements regarding vaccinations for Hepatitis B and TB screening are performed. They must also have a CPR certification from the American Heart Association to be considered for admission into the course.
Scholarships for Nursing Students Include:
1) The MCSA Auxiliary Helen Wright Memorial Scholarship Award Criteria
2) The Curtis W. Kinard Memorial Scholarship Award Criteria
3) Lucy A. Ring Memorial Scholarship Criteria
4) Larkin M. Wilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Criteria
5) Dr. Warren S. & Wilma “Billie” Riley Scholarship Award Criteria
6) Barton Scholarship Criteria
7) Union County Medical Scholarship Criteria
8) UAMS Master of Public Health Scholarship Criteria
9) Dr. J. C. Callaway Memorial Scholarship Fund
10) The John R. Williamson, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award
Southern Arkansas University
100 East University
Tel: (870) 235-4000
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Nursing School Review
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has its pages of history dating back to 1862. Formerly known as Arkansas Industrial University, the University is one of the first state-funded universities of higher education. It has a dynamic campus life with many events focused around student growth, culture, art, athletics and recreation. It prides itself for being the ‘flagship” university in the state and boasts an astounding 412 acres of land for its campus.
The University has also carved its fame for being focused on high quality research and with more than 200 programs to choose from, students can find just about any course to boost their steps towards professional ascension. These are all offered through various departments and schools at the university. The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing leads the nursing programs and offers:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
University of Arkansas –Fayetteville strongly believes in a one-on-one learning environment and takes the necessary steps to promote this. This is clearly seen in the nursing program where the faculty-student ratio is low and clinical classes are small. During the course, students are exposed to valuable information and practical experience that enrich their lives throughout the course and after completed. Students are trained to perform their roles in various health-care settings from manager, researcher, caregiver to teacher. The importance of critical thinking and ability to adapt to changing situations in the health care world are emphasized throughout the course. Those that intend to move on to more advanced studies will have a sound foundation on which to build. The course is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
This is an online course that allows students to choose between two specializations: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Health or Nurse Educator (NE). The course is administered by the School of Continuing Education & Academic Outreach. Full-time students that choose the specialization in Clinical Nurse Specialist will be able to complete it in 2 years and one summer. Those that choose the Adult Health or Nurse Educator on a full-time basis will be able to complete in four semesters and one summer. There is also the possibility to do the course of a part-time basis, but it is compulsory to finish within six consecutive years. This period takes into consideration the date of enrolment. Both specializations prepare students to undertake roles in different areas in the health care sector. Upon successful completion, those that enrolled in the CNS program will be able to attend to adults that present medical/surgical health problem. They will act as a clinical nurse specialist. However, students that prefer the NE program will not be exposed to the traditional nursing role. Instead, they will share their knowledge and incorporate new lessons in a classroom setting for future nurses.
There are various scholarships that are designated specifically for nursing students. These include:
1) Nursing Home Abuse Awareness and Prevention Scholarship
2) Altrusa International of Fayetteville Scholarship
3) Greta James Memorial Scholarship
4) Arkansas Department of Higher Education
5) Health Resources and Services Administration
6) After College/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship Fund
7) Briton Endowed Award in Nursing
8) Arkansas Graduate Nursing Education Student Loan/Scholarship
9) University of Arkansas Scholarships
10) College of Education and Health Professions Scholarships
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
410 Arkansas Avenue,
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tel: (479) 575-2000
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nursing School Review
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) went through a series of name changes until it finally remained with the name it now has. It founded in 1927 as Little Rock Junior College and later changed to Little Rock University in 1957. However, after a merger in 1969 with the University of Arkansas, it was renamed as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
As would be expected, the merger led to increased enrollments, more resources and an expansion in the number of courses it offered. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The UALR Department of Nursing has been in existence for more than 40 years and has built a reputation for itself training nurses that are highly qualified. The courses offered include:
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
Students that choose this course will be able to select from three options depending on their professional experience and where they want to take their nursing career. The course is built on a combination of both liberal arts subjects and nursing subjects. The three options that are available to students include:
Traditional and Traditional-Accelerated Option
Courses in the traditional option are offered fall, spring, all spring. On the other hand, the Traditional Accelerated option is offered fall, spring, summer, fall. Students will have the option to select their preferred choice during the admission process.
LPN/LPTN-to-RN Transition Option
This course is open to LPNs and LPTNs that want to become registered nurses (RNs). All applicants to the program must ensure that they possess a current unencumbered license prior and during the course. In addition to this, they must also have graduated from an accredited institution. There is also the possibility to gain advancement placement into the program, but this depends on how many months have passed since graduation, number of hours completed in work experience and passing the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing examination.
Paramedic-to-RN Transition Option
This is a one year course with admission occurring only once each year. Paramedics that want to become registered nurses are welcome to apply provided they graduated from a paramedic program that is affiliated with an accredited institution. In addition to this, they must have a current certification issued by the Arkansas Department of Health as an Arkansas Paramedic. During the course they are exposed to all the concepts and clinical knowledge that registered nurses have to undertake many roles in any health care facility. Applicants are also expected to have passed the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Examination and be actively registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) to enter the program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
UALR has tailored its nursing program to ensure that RNs that have a associate of science degree or diploma are able to take further advanced studies to get their BSN. This is possible through the combination of online courses and face-to-face orientations that are given throughout the course. Registered Nurses must ensure that they have an unencumbered license before applying to the program. In addition to this, they may be required to take a list of subjects if their original program did not cover them. They must ensure they successfully pass all of these subjects prior to entering the BSN program.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock,
Tel: (501) 569-3000
University of Arkansas at Monticello Nursing School Review
The University of Arkansas at Monticello is a public university and college that offers technical certificates, associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs. Originally known as the Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College, the university adopted its now current name after becoming a part of the University of Arkansas system in 1971.
The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) and its nursing program by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The school of nursing offered its first program in 1968. Back then, it was an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that later gave way to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Over the years a series of additional nursing programs have been added to give students more options to choose from. The main nursing courses at the University include:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree
Students that wish to the nursing professional for the first time can consider a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. They will be exposed to various clinical experiences, information and knowledge based courses that prepare them for various roles in the health care sector. All BSN pre-requisites must be completed prior to sending an application to the program. These can be completed in four semesters during which students are exposed to a list of science and literal arts subjects. After successful completion of these, they can then take the nursing major programs.
RN to BSN Degree Advanced Placement Program
This program was established in 2002 and gives qualified RNs advanced placement to attain a BSN at the school. The program is open to RNs that have a diploma in nursing or an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing. It is a flexible course that gives RNs the chance of working while completing higher education studies. Classes are held once per week during the fall and spring semester. Only RN’s with an unencumbered license can apply to the program. They must ensure they their licenses remain active during the course. It is possible to complete the degree program in one year.
LPN – BSN Degree Advanced Placement Program
This course is open to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) that are not hindered in any way from applying to the BSN program. After successful completion students can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Degree-LPN to RN Fast Track Program
This is a 12-month fast track course that gives LPNs the opportunity to become RNs and undertake more challenging roles in the health care sector. To be admitted into the program, it is necessary to have completed at least 2000hours of work experience at an acute care setting. Students admitted into the program will be given a list of prerequisite general education and nursing courses that must be completed prior to undertaking the fast track option. This is the ideal program for working LPNs that want to be prepared at the associated degree level while gaining hands-on experience during the course.
University of Arkansas at Monticello
School of Nursing
P.O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Nursing School Review
*This nursing program is currently inactive*
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was founded in 1873. The school boasts 20:1 students to teacher ratio that guarantees better class interaction and learning. The main campus is in Pine Bluff with other campuses located in North Little Rock, Gould and Marianna.
The school supports promising entrepreneurs through its APB-ERDC Business Support Incubator. It also has a University Museum and Cultural Center that thoroughly preserves the history of the school over the years. A large catalog of images, photographic panels, year books and other historical documents are part of the legacy. The school is also noted as one of the few that has a large percentage of black students in California.
The nursing program at UAPB is currently inactive. In the past years, the school has had the lowest number of students that pass the licensure exams. The school offered the following programs:
LPN/LPTN to BSN Completion Track
This program is open to registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and psychiatric technician nurse (LPTN). Students that are in any other these categories can qualify for advancement placement in the Upper Division provided they take and pass the pre-requisite courses that have been established by the university. All students that apply to the program must have an unrestricted active license applicable for their field. The course is specially designed for LPNs and LPTNs that want to transition from their current roles and undertake positions with greater responsibility.
Applicants that are RNs must have an associate degree or diploma that is accredited by the NLN. All RN/BSN completion track students must adhere to the same admission requirements as generic students. Transfer students on the other hand, will have their courses evaluated by the Department of Nursing administration provided they meet the admission requirements as those of generic students.
RN to BSN Completion Program
Only licensed registered nurses can apply to this program. The school uses its Nursing Articulation Model to grant advance placement to students that meet the admission requirements. All applicants that have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma are eligible for advanced placement in the upper division. The ADN or diploma must have NLN accreditation. It is also necessary to submit an employee verification letter and to present proof that their previous graduation date was within the last 12 months. Nurses that are unable to present proof of active unemployment are required to take specific examinations to challenge the course.
BSN Program: Generic Option
This program if for generic students that do not hold a nursing license. All pre-requisite courses must be taken in sequence to gain admission into the program. Students are required to submit their ACT or SAT test scores prior to the application deadline. In addition to this, immunization records and the required GPA for admission must be respected. All the necessary health records are also important aspects in the admission process. During the course, students are exposed to both liberal arts and science subjects to fully equip them with the necessary knowledge to undertake more in-depth nursing subjects in the program. They are also trained to care and handle patients by being conscious of their roles as nursing and knowing the impact of their care on patients’ well-being and life.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 North University Drive
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Nursing Program Review
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) is a two-year college that was formerly known as Gateway Technical College until 1997. The change in name was spurred from the initiative to join the Arkansas System. This has led to more courses being offered in areas such as: Education, Industrial Technologies and Business.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The nursing programs that are offered include:
Basic skills and knowledge are shared throughout the course with students that want to provide professional services in home-care, acute care and long-term care to patients. Emphasis is placed on technical skills and this is possible through the combination of classroom and clinical training. The issue of professional relationships and workplace ethics are also areas that are covered to ensure that graduates and fully prepared to undertake their roles in challenging environments while maintaining a professional posture.
After completion, students are eligible to sit the state written and skills test to gain licensure to work in the health care sector. If they are successful in passing the exam and provided they are not blocked in any way from licensure, they will be recognized as Certified Nursing Assistant. The program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and accredited by the Office of Long-Term Care.
This is an 11-month technical certificate program that prepares students to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Applications for the program are received once yearly and after successful entry, students are taught a combination of liberal arts, science and nursing courses. The college uses both classroom and clinical experience to strengthen the content of the course that is passed to students.
To be admitted students must score satisfactorily on the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam and meet other entry requirements.
Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing (Traditional, Online, and Generic Entry Options)
Entry into this program is offered on a generic basis for non-nurse. The program is also open to LPNs that want to become a registered nurse. To meet this requirement, the school offers two possibilities for those that are in the latter group.
a) On campus LPN to RN option in the traditional classroom setting: This option is ideal for LPNs that want a traditional learning setting and have enough time during the week to attend classes without comprising any area in their lives.
b) Online LPN to RN option. LPNs that are looking for more flexibility and the ability to work while they study will find this to be an interesting option to maintain balance.
The course covers areas in both general education and those related to the nursing profession. It is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Only LPNs with an unencumbered license can apply to the course. They must also ensure that their licenses are not restricted in any way during the program.
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
PO Box 3350
Tel: (870) 612-2000
University of Arkansas Fort Smith Nursing School Review
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS) is a public four-year university that is part of the University of Arkansas System. It was founded in 1928 and merged into the system in 2002. The courses offered there vary from baccalaureate degree programs to associate and technical programs.
The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Various colleges can be found on campus with the College of Health Sciences being one of them. It is there that nursing students are taught for the traditional BSN program, the RN to BSN online program, the associate degree program (ASN), PN/Paramedic to RN (ADN) and Practical Nursing.
Students that want to enter the world of nursing quickly without having to go through a BSN course can choose this entry option. After successful completion they can consider more advanced studies if they are inclined about taking on more responsibilities as a nurse and want to secure and even more promising career. They must have a score of 105 on the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX PN or PAX-RN) before applying for the PN program. During the course they will be taught important skills that related to patient care in different health care facilities. They will work directly with a supervisor or registered nurse to administer the best possible care to patients. After completing the program, they can sit the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
PN / Paramedic to RN (ADN)
Licensed practical nurses and paramedics that want to enter this program must have an unencumbered license prior to applying. LPNs must have at least 1000 hours of working experience or be able to demonstrate that they graduated from the LPN program within the last 12 month before sending in their application. There are in essence two ways in which LPNs can gain access to the ADN program: credit by examination or completing the transition course.
Paramedics on the other hand can only enter into the program through the transition course and must demonstrate that they have held a steady full- time job for at least six months. Both LPN and Paramedic students will receive the necessary training to shape their abilities to become talented registered nurses. After successful completion they can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
RN-BSN online program
RNs that are interested in this program must submit proof of NLNAC accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program. They must also have a valid active license with no hindrances. Those that have graduated from a nursing program that is not recognized by NLNAC can still apply, but will be evaluated according to the established criteria. There is also the possibility for credit standing provided the RN meets the necessary work experience and graduation time before submitting an application.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN)
All students must complete the necessary prerequisite courses to enter the BSN program. After successful completion of the BSN course they can sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Associate degree in Nursing (ADN)
This course is offered once each year and all students must complete the necessary pre-requisite courses prior to the fall deadline. It is also necessary to score 105 on the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN) prior to this period.
University of Arkansas Fort Smith
5210 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Nursing School Review
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is a teaching hospital that is based in Little Rock. It is part of the University of Arkansas System and has gained numerous accolades for its contribution towards the health care sector.
The school is comprised of five colleges and a graduate school. In addition to these, there are also Health Care Centers and institutes of excellence. The UAMS College of Nursing is part of the five colleges at the university. Established in 1953, it is here that students are taught the essence of patient care and are exposed to clinical research programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, whereas its baccalaureate program by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Nursing students can select from the following programs:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Students that are interested in this course can apply to the program at Little Rock or at the UAMS off-campus site at Hope. There are four programs that fall under this category and after successful completion graduates are fully prepared to provide acute, ambulatory and long-term care to different types of patients. The four main programs include:
1) BSN – Generic Program: This program is built on the combination of arts and sciences subjects along with nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to sending applications to the program. It is also important to take and pass the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essentials Academic Skills (TEAS) to be accepted into the program.
2) BSN Nursing Honors Program: Students with high academic excellence are invited to apply to this program in the fall semester of their junior year. The program prepares them for graduate studies to take the BSN to PhD Program in Nursing if they are so inclined. However, the school does not guarantee that students will be able to transfer the graduate honor courses to another school once they have completed the program.
3) RN to BSN Program: Qualified registered nurses (RNs) with unencumbered licenses are welcome to apply to this program. The program highlights the importance of critical thinking, independence in the nursing professional, professionalism, leadership skills and communication. There are two online pathways that Registered nurses can take to get into the program:
i) Pathway I-RN to BSN – this course is currently inactive
ii) Pathway II- RN to BSN (Earns BSN with graduate courses substitution): Students that meet the admission requirements, but are without a baccalaureate degree are welcome to apply to this program. During the course, students are exposed to courses from the BSN and MNSc program. The MNSc courses are substituted by the BSN courses.
iii) Pathway III- Bridge Pathway to the MNSc degree: The bridge program allows students that do not have a degree in nursing to be engaged in courses that allow then to earn a MNSc after successful completion. To enter the program, students must have BSN degree in another area field and they must meet all the other entry requirements as normal students.
Health Assessment Class for Licensed Applicants
This is a continued education course for RNs interested in the AMS RN-BSN, BSN/MNSc Articulated, or Bridge Programs.
Master of Nursing Science (MNSc)
This course prepares students for doctoral study. After successful completion of this masters in nursing program, they will be able to undertake more advanced roles in the health care sector. Students interested in this program consider enrollment in any of the following courses:
a) Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program: This course prepares students for advanced nursing roles. Once completed, they will be able to provide the necessary health care to adult/gerontology patients with complex health needs. It is possible to complete the course on a full-time or part-time basis and completion date is based on the specialty. When the students have done all the necessary coursework and fulfilled the requirements of the course in its entirety, they can take the exams administered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
b) Family Nurse Practitioner: Full-time studies for this course are currently suspended. Students are required to complete the program within six consecutive calendar years counting from the date they enrolled in the program.
c) Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Enrollments are accepted twice per year for this program. Students are exposed to valuable information and training that equips them to provide the necessary heath care to mentally ill patients. The course can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and after completion graduates can take the exam for national certification as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
d) Nursing Administrator: Students that do not want to undertake the traditional nursing roles will find this course of particular interest. They will be equipped with the necessary training and knowledge to undertake leadership roles at managerial positions in the health care sector. After successful completion they can take the ANCC Nursing Administration Certification Exam.
e) Nursing Education Specialty (Ned): To get into this program, students must also be enrolled in any of the following programs: Acute Care, Women’s Health, Geriatrics and Pediatrics. The course can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but enrollment in the program should not exceed six consecutive years counting from the first day of entering the program.
f) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Students interested in this program can complete the requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Those that complete the program on a full-time basis will be able to do so after two-years, whereas those that choose a part-time arrangement can look for three to four years completion. The curriculum prepares the students to undertake both traditional and non-traditional nursing roles. After completion they are qualified to take the national certification examination as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
g) Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist: The content of this course adopts the same outline as that of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. The only difference is in the education courses that are part of its curriculum.
h) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: This is also a full-time and part-time course that can be completed at the student’s pace. However, the completion limit is six consecutive years after enrolling in the program.
PhD – Doctoral Program
This program is open to students that have a MSN degree or to those that enter the BSN to PhD program. For the PhD program there is the PhD Full-time plan of study and Part-time plan of study. Studies can be done on a part-time of full-time basis.
a) BSN to PhD program: This program is not for clinical nurse specialist and clinical nurse practitioner. These are encouraged to apply to courses channeled towards them to get their PhD. Students that wish to enroll in the program must demonstrate that they have completed 1000 hours of documented clinical nursing practice. The program does not award MSN degrees to students that have a BSN. Students that want to earn a MSN are encouraged to apply for the appropriate program.
b) MSN to PhD program: All programs for this course start in June. Students must hold a master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program to be accepted.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham Street,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
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.
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035