ASN FAQ

I sent my transcripts to the UALR Office of Admission and Records.  Do I have to give you another copy with my nursing application?

Yes.  The department needs a copy of your transcripts.  Providing the transcript information expedites processing your application.  We cannot process an application without copies of all of your college transcripts.

If I turn my application in after February 28th is there any chance I can get in the program?

Yes.  We accept our original group of students from those who submit their application by February 28th.  After this date we establish a ranked wait list.  We continue to accept students into the class as spaces become available.  Keep in mind that some applicants change their mind, apply to multiple programs etc, so we consistently add to the class up to the first day of Summer IV session. 

Do I need Anatomy and Physiology:  Biol 1411, Biol 1412 to apply?

Yes, You need to have successfully completed or be enrolled in 4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology at the time of application to the ASN program.  A three-hour Anatomy and Physiology course does not meet the Anatomy and Physiology requirement.

I took Biol 2405 Anatomy and Physiology at UCA.  Will this be accepted for my Anatomy and Physiology requirement?

No, Biol 2405 Anatomy and Physiology at UCA does not transfer in as equivalent to Biol 1411 or Biol 1412 at UALR.  Biol 2406 and Biol 2407 Structure and Function of the Human Body at UCA will transfer in as equivalent to Biol 1411 and Biol 1412 at UALR.  

I went to UALR several years ago and do not have a 2.0 GPA at UALR.  Am I eligible for admission to the nursing program?

No.  You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at UALR.  In order to improve your UALR GPA you must take additional classes at UALR.  If you have been out of college for two or more years, you may be eligible for academic clemency.  Refer to the UALR Undergraduate Catalog for additional information on criteria for academic clemency.

Is the entire nursing program offered at Benton?

No.  Only sections of first year nursing courses are offered at the UALR Benton site.  Second year courses are offered at the UALR main campus.  

Do you offer an evening or weekend only program?

No.  Nursing classes generally meet two mornings per week. Clinicals range from 8-12 hours per week. Some evening clinical are available but registration is based on classification (ex: freshman, sophomore etc) so we cannot guarantee an evening clinical rotation.

I want the accelerated option. Can you guarantee that I can be in this option if I check this on my application form?

No.  Acceptance into the accelerated option is competitive and is based on academic performance indicators.  If you are not initially accepted we retain your name on a wait list.  If spaces become available throughout the program then we add students from the wait list.

Do I take the Evolve Admissions Assessment (A2) Test at UALR?

You can. The A2 examination can be taken through UALR testing services. Please follow this link for specific instructions.

This examination is also administered at the ProMetric Centers.  Information on payment and scheduling of the examination is available here.

How do I register to take the Evolve A2 test?

The A2 examination can be taken through UALR testing services. Please follow this link for specific instructions.

The examination can also be taken at Prometric testing site. For more information on registering go to http://ualr.edu/nursing/pdf/prometric/UALR_EVOLVE_INFORMATION.pdf

I took the Admissions Assessment Test two years ago, do I have to retake it?

Yes.  Admissions Assessment scores will only be accepted if the test was taken within one year prior to application to the UALR nursing program.

Does it matter what kind of CPR training/certification I get?

Yes. You should get certified for CPR through the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers.

Is it true that you do criminal background checks and drug tests to enter the program?
I have a past criminal record but I think it has been expunged from my record.  Can I be accepted to the program?

The UALR Department of Nursing will conduct Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screenings on all fully admitted ASN students. You need to verify the status of your record prior to application and review the list of crimes that would prohibit licensure.  This listing is available at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website (subchapter 3 of the Nurse Practice Act).

How many hours will I be in class each semester?

Nursing courses are didactic.  This means that you have both classroom and clinical time each week.  Each clinical credit hour is at a 1:3 ratio so the actual contact hours per week exceed the credit hour allocation.  For example:
NURS 1505 is an 5 credit course.  Five of these credits are classroom (5 contact hours per week). Two of these credits are clinical; at a 1:3 ratio this means that you have 6 contact hours in clinical each week.  You must attend all schedule classes and clinical.


Since I only have nursing courses left to take it looks like I will really be part-time in the program.  Is that correct?

Full-time enrollment at UALR is considered 12 credit hours per semester (fall and spring).  If you only have nursing courses you will be enrolled in:
Traditional or accelerated traditional options
-          7 credits in fall
-          8 credits in spring
-          8 credits in either fall or summer (accelerated)
-          8 credits in either spring or fall (accelerated)
LPN and Paramedic option
-          9 credits in summer
-          8 credits in fall
-          8 credits in spring

Who are the advisors for the ASN program?

The full time faculty who teach in the program provide academic advising hours on a monthly basis.  Contact Lee Bailey (501-569-8081 or labailey1@ualr.edu) to schedule either an individual advising appointment or to sign up for the group advising sessions.  Group sessions are held the third Wednesday of each month at 3pm.  We are located on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology and Applied Science Building (ETAS).