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