In just 18 months, Brook Scalzo will earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing without ever having to enter a traditional campus classroom.
Scalzo is a licensed nurse who chose UALR because she could continue to work full-time even as she earned a bachelor of science degree through the school’s online RN to BSN program, a pathway for nurses to advance their education.
But the convenience of online learning is just part of the reason Scalzo chose UALR. The quality of the learning was a top priority, as well.
“The department has a reputation for sending well-rounded, professional, and well-trained nurses into the field. The professors hold you to a high standard and promote evidence-based practices,” she said.
“The difference in nurses trained at UALR as compared to other schools is, in my opinion, that UALR nurses are more prepared. They are excellent nurses who get plenty of experience by doing clinical rotations through different hospitals.”
Scalzo was employed with Arkansas Children’s Hospital before she became a registered nurse.
“The program allows you to work with several hospitals throughout central Arkansas and determine which environment is right for you,” she said. “The professors work hard to make sure that you are prepared and confident to join the workforce.”
Scalzo is the recipient of a Walker Scholarship specifically for those who want to participate in the RN to BSN program. UALR offers the only nursing program in Arkansas with support from an endowment established by the Willard and Pat Walker Foundation. This year, the foundation helped provide nearly $100,000 in scholarships to nursing students.
“I am proud to be a student at UALR,” she said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”