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|Davidson, Elizabeth Sloan; Associate Professor
Porter, Kimberly B.
Teague, Johni Beth
Phillips, Sarah Beth
The UA Little Rock School of Nursing offers both pre-licensure and post-licensure programs. Pre-licensure students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in preparation for RN licensure and stop there or continue seamlessly in a Bachelor of Science of Nursing program. These programs include a transition option for students with LPN, LPTN or Paramedic licenses. Students who already have an RN license can enter an RN to Bachelor of Science of Nursing Completion program.
Nursing Program Options
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The School of Nursing at UA Little Rock located in Little Rock, AR is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000.
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science Program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.
Nursing Program Options
Initial Licensure and Transition Options
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Traditional (24-month) and Accelerated Traditional (18-month) options are available for students seeking initial licensure. A Transition (fast- track) option is also available for qualiﬁed LPN/LPTNs, and paramedics. Courses are taught in settings ranging from the classroom, campus skills and simulation laboratories, major area hospitals, outpatient facilities, and other healthcare facilities. The graduate is eligible to apply to sit for NCLEX-RN exam upon completion of lower-level nursing courses and is prepared to enter professional practice settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ ofﬁces, and community settings. The course of study includes 27 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 33 credit hours of lower-level nursing. Students who wish to earn the BSN can be admitted to the BSN and begin coursework in the program prior to completion of the AAS for a seamless transition.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program begins with campus and clinical based coursework concentrating on essential nursing skills and concludes in an online setting with the option of working full time as a registered nurse. The goal is to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and have one year of work experience as a registered nurse. The UA Little Rock BSN program differs from traditional BSN programs as it combines the core competencies of the registered nurse with online courses focused on research, community health, and leadership that are necessary for career and academic progression.
Students will progress through lower-level nursing courses while completing core courses required for the BSN. Upon satisfactory completion of lower-level nursing courses, students will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN State Board Exam. The final 34 credits are taught online with students having the option of working as a registered nurse.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Online RN to BSN Completion
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion option offers students who already hold an RN license an avenue to pursue a BSN. It is available as an online program. The course of study contains 53 core credit hours, which include the UA Little Rock CORE; and 34 credit hours of upper-level nursing coursework. All courses required for this program are offered in the online campus. Students who meet admissions requirements are eligible to complete this program in 12- or 18-month formats.
Background Check/Drug Screening
Students who are considering a career in nursing should be aware that no application for initial Registered Nurse (RN) licensure will be considered by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing without state and federal criminal background checks by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall refuse to issue the RN license to any person who is found guilty of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to any offense listed in Act 1208 of 1999. For details refer to the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act Sub-Chapter on Licensing: https://www.arsbn.org/Websites/arsbn/images/Rules.Chapter02-%20Effective%2012-29-18.pdf. Persons requesting initial licensure may request a waiver from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing requires a state/national criminal background check and drug screening on all students upon admission and annually. Results may prohibit entry and/or progression in the program. Clinical agencies used for nursing laboratory may require additional criminal background checks, scheduled drug screening, and/or random drug screens for nursing students. Results of agency screening may prohibit participation in clinical laboratory. Nursing students prohibited from participation in laboratory at a clinical agency will not be permitted to maintain enrollment in the nursing program.
Admissions: New, Continuing and Transfer Students
Initial Licensure and Transition Options
Requirements for Traditional Option and Accelerated Traditional Option of Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing
To be admitted students must:
- Be admitted to UA Little Rock with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a 2.0 GPA at UA Little Rock. Transfer students currently enrolled in other universities at the time of application will be considered for admission into the nursing program if the following documents are on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
- Completed UA Little Rock application form
- Valid ACT or SAT scores completed high school transcript or GED scores, and official college transcripts through the previous fall semester
- Required immunization records.
- Obtain application advising from the School of Nursing prior to submitting an application.
- Have successfully completed or are eligible to enroll in MATH 1302 and in RHET 1311 or their equivalents. All developmental courses must be completed.
- Have successfully completed or be enrolled in 4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology, either BIOL 1433 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 1411 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 1412 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II. A three-hour course will not meet this requirement.
- Have a minimum cumulative UA Little Rock GPA of 2.0, and have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in required core courses (detailed below); GPA in required core courses is based solely on the courses completed at the time of application.
- Submit a completed School of Nursing Application Form between January 1 and February 28. Students will be accepted from this pool of applicants and will be ranked by the required core course GPA.
Seating is limited for both the Accelerated and Traditional options. Students who are interested in the Accelerated Option must have all AAS required core courses (detailed below) completed prior to the second summer semester of the program.
Admission preference is given to students who have completed or are in progress to complete all AAS required core courses at the time of application. Additionally, preference is given to students who have not repeated, withdrawn, or failed required Core Courses. Students who are classified as Re-Entry (see below) are not qualified for the Accelerated Traditional Option. Students who request consideration for the Accelerated Option and are not selected will automatically be considered for the Traditional Option. Students have the option of continuing into upper-level BSN coursework upon successful completion of NURS 2550 and NURS 2350.
Requirements for Transition Option (LPN/LPTNs and Qualified Paramedics) of Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing
To be admitted, LPNs/LPTNs must:
- Be a graduate of a state board of nursing approved LPN or LPTN program. Have a current, unencumbered LPN or LPTN license in the State of Arkansas or mutual recognition licensure recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Nurse License Compact, and
- Have proof of active employment (minimum of 1,000 hours) as an LPN/LPTN over the last 2 years. Volunteer work is not considered active employment. Submit an employment verification letter with the application. Employment veriﬁcation letter must be on ofﬁcial letterhead and must include either the number of hours worked by the applicant OR a statement that the applicant has worked a minimum of 1,000 hours over the past 24 months. Applicants who work as an LPN or LPTN in more than one facility may submit more than one employment veriﬁcation letter if all worked hours total a minimum of 1,000 hours over the past 24 months.
- A new LPN/LPTN graduate who has the authorization to test for LPN licensure is eligible for conditional admission to the transition option. After successfully completing the NCLEX-PN will be eligible for admission into the Transition Option. LPN or LPTN licensure must be obtained prior to entering nursing courses with a clinical component.
- Meet advanced placement testing and work experience requirements: Less than 12 months after LPN/LPTN graduation: No testing required for admission to Transition option.
- Greater than 12 months after LPN/LPTN graduation: No entry testing is required if during the past 24 months have had at least 1,000 hours of nursing employment. Employment veriﬁcation letters must be provided with the application. LPN/LPTNs who graduated greater than 12 months who have not had at least 1,000 hours of nursing employment must complete the Elsevier HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam. Exam results will show areas of weakness as remediation materials. LPNs/LPTNs are strongly encouraged to complete all remediation materials to improve their chances of success in the nursing program.
To be admitted, Paramedics must:
- Be a graduate of a paramedic program affiliated with an accredited college or university.
- Hold current certification from the Arkansas Department of Health as an Arkansas Paramedic and be currently registered as a paramedic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
- Have proof of active employment as a paramedic for a minimum of 1,000 hours over the last 24 months. Volunteer work is not considered active employment. Submit employment verification with the application. The employment verification letter must be on official letterhead and must include either the number of hours worked by the applicant OR a statement that the applicant has worked a minimum of 1,000 hours over the past 24 months. Applicants who work as a Paramedic for more than one entity may submit more than one employment verification letter if all worked hours total a minimum of 1,000 hours over the past 24 months.
- Complete the Elsevier HESI EMS-ADN Entrance Exam. Exam results will show areas of weakness as remediation materials. Paramedics are strongly encouraged to complete all remediation materials to improve their chances of success in the nursing program.
To be admitted as a Transfer Student:
- Students previously enrolled in another nursing program must forward a letter requesting a transfer and attach copies of all college/university transcripts. Letters and transcripts should be sent to the school’s chairperson.
- Students who are requesting a transfer from another nursing program are also required to provide a letter of eligibility to re-enter their previous nursing program in order to be eligible for consideration for entry into the UA Little Rock nursing program.
- If a student has failed a nursing course the request for transfer is classified as an academic re-entry request and re-entry policies apply. Students who have failed or withdrawn from more than one nursing course are not eligible for consideration for entry into the UA Little Rock nursing program.
Transfer equivalency information for required core courses is available on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education website at acts.adhe.edu. It is the responsibility of the transfer student to confirm that transfer courses are equivalent to the required core courses.
Program Progression Requirements
Initial Licensure and Transition Options (Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
To progress beyond NURS 1202, students must successfully pass the NURS 1202 course and complete the following requirements:
- Submission of required documents by designated date (specified on letter of acceptance)
- Complete the required criminal background check and have no records of crimes that prohibit licensure as a registered nurse or prohibit attending clinical at any of the facilities with whom the School of Nursing has an affiliation agreement.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at the UA Little Rock.
Students have the option of continuing into upper-level BSN coursework upon successful completion of NURS 2550 and NURS 2350.
Transition option students initially enroll in NURS 1415 - Nursing Role Transition, which prepares them for their roles as registered nurses (RN).
Completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing requires a minimum grade of C in all courses. Upon completion of all AAS required courses, students can apply to sit for NCLEX-RN state board exams. Students must apply for reentry if they withdraw or do not earn a C or higher in any nursing course. The Reentry Committee will review applicants for reentry and accept students based on clinical space availability. Students are allowed one re-entry per five years.
Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires a minimum grade of C in all required courses. Students must progress through all lower-level nursing courses with a C or better. It is recommended that students complete lower- and upper-level core coursework while completing lower-level nursing courses to graduate within four years. Students must complete NURS 2550 and NURS 2350 to progress into upper-level nursing courses. Students will be eligible to graduate with an associate of applied science in nursing and apply to sit for NCLEX-RN exam upon completion of lower-level nursing courses. Students must hold a valid, unencumbered RN license prior to enrollment in some upper-level nursing courses. A minimum UA Little Rock cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at the University must be maintained. Students must complete upper-level nursing courses within 3 years of enrollment into NURS 3310.
Traditional Option and Accelerated Traditional Options
Transition Option (LPN/LPTNs and Qualified Paramedics)
Transition option students initially enroll in NURS 1415 - Nursing Role Transition, which prepares them for their roles as registered nurses (RN). Upon completion of the AAS program, students are awarded 10 credit hours in nursing for NURS 1200, NURS 1202, NURS 1310 and NURS 1320. Students enter in May and complete the program the following May.
Traditional/Accelerated Traditional Admission
Students who are offered acceptance into the Traditional or Accelerated Traditional Option will initially be conditionally admitted to the nursing program. Upon must completion of the following, students will be officially admitted to the nursing program:
- Submission of required documents by designated date (specified on letter of conditional admission)
- Maintenance of required GPA (required core course(s) and UA Little Rock.
- Attendance at the scheduled School of Nursing orientation session
ProgramsAssociate of Applied ScienceBachelor of Science