Department of Nursing

Nursing Building, (501) 569-8081, (501) 371-7546 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Molsbee, C. Preston, Associate Professor

Associate Professors:
Gilbert, Cynthia K.

Assistant Professors:
Benton, Bryan R.
Carmack, Jeffrey
Carnett, Danita
Davidson, Elizabeth Sloan
Evans, Jane
Freuchting, Sara K.
Hampton, Temekis
Hill, Kim
Johnson, Talayia
Jones, Jamie
Lee, Elizabeth
Oltmans, Debbie
Porter, Kimberly B.
Reeves, Melissa
Rurup, Debra A.
Snead, Leigh

The UALR Department of Nursing offers a ladder curriculum that includes an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program degree program to a Baccalaureate of Nursing (B.S.N.) completion program.

The A.A.S. degree program is available in Traditional, Accelerated Traditional, LPN-RN Transition, and Paramedic-RN Transition formats.

Nursing Program Options

  1. Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

    RN to BSN Completion
    To be eligible applicants must either/or:

    • Be a UALR Ladder student in their final semester of the A.A.S. program
    • Be a recent graduate of associate or diploma program
    • Have a valid and unencumbered RN license

    LPN/Paramedic to RN
    To be eligible applicants must:

    • Have a valid unencumbered LPN or Paramedic license

General Information

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program

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. Persons requesting initial licensure may request a waiver from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Department 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.

A traditional and an accelerated traditional option is available for those students seeking initial licensure. A transition (fast-track) option is available for qualified LPN/LPTNs, and paramedics. Application and entry into these options does not require completion of all general core courses. Refer to application requirements. All options offer the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the competent nurse and are taught in settings ranging from the classroom, campus skills, and simulation laboratories, to major area hospitals, outpatient facilities, and other health care facilities. The graduate is prepared to enter professional practice settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, and community settings. The course of study includes 31 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 34 lower-level nursing credits.

The Associate of Applied Science program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Information regarding the comparison of nursing programs (tuition, fees, and length of programs) may be obtained from ACEN.


Program Options

Traditional Option/Accelerated Traditional Option

The Department of Nursing offers both a Traditional Option and an Accelerated Traditional Option for students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in nursing. Seating is limited for both options. Students who are interested in the Accelerated Option must have all Required General Education courses (detailed below) completed prior to the second summer semester of the program. However, preference is given to students who have completed or are in progress to complete all Required General Education courses at the time of application. Additionally, preference is given to students who have not repeated, withdrawn, or failed Required General Education courses. Students who are classified as Re-Entry are not qualified for the Accelerated Traditional Option. Students who request consideration for the Accelerated Option who are not selected will be considered for the Traditional Option.

Track Summer II or Summer IV Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
Accelerated NURS 1300 NURS 1505
NURS 1205
NURS 1410
NURS 1420
NURS 2410
NURS 2420
NURS 2550
NURS 2350
Traditional NURS 1300 NURS 1505
NURS 1205
NURS 1410
NURS 1420
NURS 2410
NURS 2420
NURS 2550
NURS 2350
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 1300, NURS 1205, and NURS 1505. Students enter in May and complete the program the following May.

Track Summer II Summer IV Fall Spring
Transition NURS 1415 NURS 1420 NURS 2410
NURS 2420
NURS 2550 NURS 2350

Transfer Students

Students previously enrolled in another nursing program must forward a letter requesting transfer and attach copies of all college/university transcripts. Letters and transcripts should be sent to the department chairperson. Students who are requesting transfer from another nursing program are also required to provide a letter of eligibility to reenter their previous nursing program in order to be eligible for consideration for entry into the UALR nursing program. If a student has failed a nursing course the request for transfer is classified as an academic reentry request and reentry policies apply. Students who have failed or withdrawn from more than one nursing course are not eligible for consideration for entry into the UALR nursing program.Transfer equivalency information for required general education courses is available on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education website (acts.adhe.edu/). It is the responsibility of transfer students to confirm that transfer courses are equivalent to required general education courses.


Equivalencies and Credit by Examination

UALR offers credit by examination with some restrictions for courses; see Credit by Examination under the “Academics” section of this catalog. Credit by examination for NURS 1300, NURS 1205, and NURS 1505 is available to qualified paramedics and to diploma program transfers with certain restrictions. Information about credit by examination in nursing courses is available from the Department of Nursing.


Application/Admission Requirements

Traditional Option/Accelerated Traditional Option Application Requirements

The student must:

  1. Be admitted to UALR with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a 2.0 GPA at UALR. 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 UALR Office of Undergraduate Admissions :
    • Completed UALR 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.
  2. Obtain application advising from the Department of Nursing prior to submitting an application.
  3. Have successfully completed or be eligible to enroll in MATH 1302 and in RHET 1311 or their equivalents. All developmental courses must be completed.
  4. Have successfully completed or be enrolled in 4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology, either BIOL 1411 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 1412 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II, or equivalent. A three hour course will not meet this requirement.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative UALR GPA of 2.0, and have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in required general education courses (detailed below); GPA in required general education courses is based solely on the courses completed at the time of application.
  6. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application Form between January 1 and the priority deadline of February 28. Enclose a copy of all college/university transcripts and scores for credit by examination in required general education courses. The first group of students will be accepted from this pool of applicants, ranked by required general education course GPA. The department continues to accept applications after the February 28th priority deadline and will admit additional students based on space availability.
  7. Students who speak English as a second language must have a TOEFL score of 83 (Internet exam), 207 (computerized exam) or 540 (paper exam).

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 completion of the following, students will be officially admitted to the nursing program:

  • Successful completion of NURS 1300
  • Submission of required documents by designated date (specified on letter of conditional admission)
  • Maintenance of required GPA (required general education course(s) and UALR)
  • Attendance at scheduled department orientation session

Transition Option (LPN/LPTNs and Qualified Paramedics)

Application Requirements

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 a mutual recognition licensure recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Nurse License Compact.
  • 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 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 chances of success in the nursing program.
  • 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 employment verification letter with 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 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.

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 EMTs.
  • 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 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 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 chances of success in the nursing program.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

General: 65 minimum total hours, including 15 hours in residence.

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (19)

RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
MATH 1302 College Algebra
CHEM 1400 Fundamentals of Chemistry

One of the following:

PSYC 2300 Psychology or
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

One of the following:

HIST 2311 US History to 1877 or
HIST 2312 US History since 1877 or
POLS 1310 American National Government

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (46 hours)
Required Science Courses (12 credits)

BIOL 1411 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1412 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2401 Microbiology

Required Nursing Courses (34 credits)

NURS 1300 Essential Nursing Skills
NURS 1205 Health Promotion across the Lifespan
NURS 1505 Adult Nursing I
NURS 1410 Adult Nursing II
NURS 1420 Mental Health Nursing
NURS 2410 Obstetric and Reproductive Health Nursing
NURS 2420 Pediatric Nursing
NURS 2550 Adult Nursing III
NURS 2350 Competency for Entry into Practice

Electives (none required)
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives (none required)

Program Progression

Completion of the associate of applied science degree in nursing requires a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses and required general education courses. Progression in the nursing sequence requires a minimum grade of C in all the nursing courses and their prerequisites/corequisites. A minimum UALR cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at the University must be maintained.


Laboratory Credits

Laboratory credits include one credit for three hours of laboratory time.


Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum UALR GPA of 2.0.
  • Grade of C or greater in all required general education courses.
  • Grade of C or greater in all required lower-level nursing courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Completion

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion option offers RN graduates, of either an associate or diploma program, an avenue to pursue a BSN. The BSN ladder program offers UALR AAS graduates a seamless transition into the final year of the nursing program. The course work for the BSN builds on the curriculum foundation of the core Registered Nurse program. It is available as an on-line program. The BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. Additional information is located at the Department of Nursing website.


RN-BSN Completion Curriculum Plans

12 Month Track
Track SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 3
12 Month Curriculum Plan Session 1
NURS 3220
NURS 3310
Session 2
NURS 3230
NURS 3420
Elective:
Session 1
NURS 3440
NURS 3350
Session 2
NURS 4415
Elective:
Session 1
NURS 3430
NURS 4420
Session 2
NURS 4430
Elective:
18 Month Track
Track SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 3
18 Month Curriculum Plan
Session 1
NURS 3220
NURS 3310
Session 2
NURS 3230
Elective:
Session 1
NURS 3420
Elective:
Session 2
NURS 3430
Session 1
NURS 3440
Session 2
NURS 3350
Elective:
SEMESTER 4 SEMESTER 5
Session 1
NURS 4415
Session 2
NURS 4420
Session 1
NURS 4430

Application/Admission Requirements

The application form and application information are available at the website. BSN applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in, admitted or readmitted to UALR.
  2. Have a current, unencumbered license as a RN to enroll in 4000 level nursing courses; or
  3. Be a recent associate degree or diploma graduate to enroll in 3000 level nursing courses; or
  4. Be a graduate from a basic RN program outside the United States with a current unencumbered USA, RN license; or
  5. Be enrolled in the final semester of an associate degree or diploma RN program or have a current unencumbered RN license to enroll in NURS 3205 Informatics in Nursing or NURS 3220 Nursing Health Assessment I, or NURS 3230 Nursing Health Assessment II.
  6. Have a grade of C or greater in a minimum of 12 credit hours of applicable general education courses beyond the associate of applied science degree.
  7. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application form and copies of all college and nursing transcripts to the DON before advising appointment.

Students who submit completed applications and meet all requirements for entry will be ranked by:

  1. Date of complete application submission including completed application form, all required transcripts, government issued ID, and passport photos;
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) in lower level nursing courses and required general education courses.

Students who receive a letter of acceptance may enter the BSN program during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semester. Priority acceptance will be given to UALR AAS graduates in the ladder program. Students must respond to the acceptance letter and meet via email, phone, or in person, with an academic or faculty advisor prior to registration in BSN courses. A degree completion plan will be developed with the student at this time and signed by the advisor and student. Students are expected to adhere to the contracted 12 or 18 month degree completion plan. Requests for changes in a degree completion plan must be approved in advance.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

General: 125 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (31 hours)

RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
MATH 1302 College Algebra
PSYC 2300 Psychology
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
CHEM 1400 Fundamentals of Chemistry

One of the following:

HIST 2311 US History to 1877 or
HIST 2312 US History since 1877 or
POLS 1310 American National Government

One of the following: Fine Arts

MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Arts
DRTH 2305 Introduction to Theater and Dance

One of the following: Humanities

ENGL 2337 World Lit
ENGL 2338 World Lit Themes
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

One of the following: Social Science

HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (86 hours)

<h6Required Science Courses (12 credits)

BIOL 1411 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1412 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2401 Microbiology

Required Lower Level Nursing Courses (34 credits)

Students may have 34 hours of lower level nursing courses waived for having a valid, unencumbered RN license.

Required Upper Level Nursing Courses (34 credits)

(Students must have a valid RN license or be a recent graduate of an approved nursing program prior to taking these courses)

    NURS 3220 Nursing Health Assessment I
    NURS 3230 Nursing Health Assessment II
    NURS 3310 Professional Nursing Role Development
    NURS 3420 Wellness Promotion and The Nurse Educator
    NURS 3430 Health Care Economics
    NURS 3440 Research and Evidence Based Practice
    NURS 3350 Ethics, Legalities, and Advocacy
    NURS 4415 Community Health Needs
    NURS 4420 Leadership and Management
    NURS 4430 Integration of Concepts

Students must achieve a C or greater in each of these courses.

One of the following:
    PSYC 2310 General Statistics
    PSYC 2340 Statistics and Methods
    STATS 2350 Intro Stat Methods
    SOCI 3381 Social Statistics
One of the following:
    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 125 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.

Note: Typically, a BSN student will have 8 upper-level unrestricted elective credits to fulfill.

The Department of Nursing offers the following upper level elective options:

    NURS 3305 Informatics in Nursing
    NURS 4110, NURS 4210, NURS 4310 Special Topics
    NURS 4305 Standardized Patient in Simulation

Please note that the required statistics course is not a business statistics course.


Program Progression

Completion of the baccalaureate of science degree in nursing requires a minimum grade of C in all upper level nursing courses and required general education courses. Students who do not successfully complete NURS 3310 may not enroll in additional upper level nursing courses until a passing grade in NURS 3310 is earned. Students must maintain unencumbered RN licensure, maintain required nursing program documents and forms, and demonstrate professional conduct in the student role.A minimum UALR cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at the University must be maintained. The program must be completed in three years from the date of initial enrollment in NURS 3310.


Integrated Practice Experience Credits (IPE)

Courses which include integrated practice projects (IPP) are three credit hours theory and one credit hour lab.


Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum UALR GPA of 2.0.
  • Grade of C or greater in all required general education courses.
  • Grade of C or greater in of all required upper-level nursing courses.

Courses in Nursing (NURS)

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