Department of Nursing

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Nursing

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

Interim Chairperson:
Womack, Brenda A., Professor

Associate Professors:
Gilbert, Cynthia K.
Molsbee, C. Preston
Schafer, Patricia E.
Strickland, Lana D.

Assistant Professors:
Anderson, Amy
Benton, Bryan R.
Carmack, Jeffrey
Carmack, Mary V.
Davidson, Elizabeth S.
Evans, Jane
Freuchting, Sara K.
Graves, Sherrie
Jones, Janet
Jones, Jamie
Porter, Kimberly B.
Richardson, Leah
Rurup, Debra A.

Instructors:
Reeves, Melissa

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

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN

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 annual scheduled drug screenings thereafter. 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 a traditional accelerated 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 traditional option is offered summer (NURS 1300), fall, spring, fall, spring; the accelerated traditional option is offered summer (NURS 1300), fall, spring, summer, fall. All traditional option students complete NURS 1300 prior to unconditional admission.

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.


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 GPA of 2.60 in required general education courses (detailed below) and a cumulative UALR GPA of 2.00 or greater. The GPA is based on the courses completed at the time of application.
  6. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application Form between January 1 and 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. The department continues to accept applications after the February 28th date and will admit additional students based on space availability.
  7. Complete scheduled A2 EVOLVE Entrance Examination and request score submission to the department or submit score report with the application.
  8. ESL students must have TOEFL scores of 83 (internet exam), 207 (computerized exam) or 540 (paper exam).

Admission Requirements

Students 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 testing required if during past 12 to 24 months have had at least 1000 hours of nursing employment. Employment verification letters must be provided with the application. Students who require advanced placement testing must successfully pass the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Examination.
  • Have proof of active employment as an LPN/LPTN over the last 2 years. Volunteer work is not considered active employment. Submit employment verification letter with application.

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 2 years. Volunteer work is not considered active employment. Submit employment verification with application.
  • Successfully pass the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Examination.

LPNs/LPTNs and Paramedics must:

  • Be admitted to UALR with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 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 college transcripts through the previous fall semester
    • Required immunization records.
  • Obtain application advising from the Department of Nursing prior to submitting an application.
  • Complete the NURS 1415 prerequisite courses or course equivalents with a grade of C or greater, (See NURS 1415 course description in the section that follows).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.60 on all required general education courses completed at the time the application is made.
  • Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application form. Applications must be received in the nursing office in January or February.
  • Submit copies of all college transcripts, LPN/LPTN or paramedic transcripts, and proof of current licensure or certification with the application.
  • Complete scheduled A2 EVOLVE Entrance Examination and request score submission to the department or submit score report with the application.
  • ESL students must have TOEFL scores of 83 (internet exam), 207 (computerized exam) or 540 (paper exam).

Admission Selection Process

Qualified applicants will be selected into the program based on identified A2 Evolve scores and GPA in required general education courses completed at the time of application.

Acceptance into the traditional accelerated option is competitive. Additional information is located at the Department of Nursing website at http://ualr.edu/nursing/.

Qualified applicants who are not initially selected or who submit an application after February 28th will be placed on the waiting list in order of category and quality point totals. Quality points and required general education course grade point averages are recalculated after spring and summer semesters and waiting list rankings are adjusted as indicated. Spaces that become available prior to the beginning of the summer NURS 1300 course will be filled from the waiting list. The waiting list will not carry over to the next year; applicants not selected for admission must reapply each year. Documents submitted as a part of the application process become the property of the Department of Nursing.


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 Program

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.

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 to enroll in NURS 3200-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, 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 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 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)

Required 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 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), 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 Special Topics

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)

Integrated practice experience credits include one credit hour for three hours of IPE 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 of all required upper level nursing courses.

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