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 A large catalog of images, photographic panels, year books and other historical documents are part of the legacy.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

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