The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program offers RN graduates of either an associate of science or a diploma program an avenue to pursue an advanced degree while continuing employment. The course work for the BSN completion program builds on the curriculum foundation of the core Registered Nurse program.
Nursing courses are hybrid and consist of on-line delivery with scheduled faculty-student-class meetings either on-line or face-to-face based on the needs of the individual course and the schedule of the student. The general education courses required of the BSN completion program are available at UALR in an on-line or traditional classroom format. Due to the format of the nursing courses and some support courses, you will need consistent computer/internet access.
Three of the nursing core courses have practicums. The course work for the practicums will include completion of projects, presentations, papers etc. linked to the focus of the particular courses. Time utilized for development and implementation of practicum assignments are considered practicum hours. All practicum courses have 3 credits assigned for theory and 2 credits assigned for the practicum.
We anticipate that many of your ideas for projects will have originated from your current or previous practice role. You will not use your regularly scheduled work hours to work on individual or group course projects, as this may potentially have an adverse effect on your paid job responsibilities. If your selected project involves a presentation, teaching component, or any other project that will be shared at your place of employment, you will need to obtain approval from your employer. We will provide you with a simple approval form for your use.
We will schedule advising times as indicated and will place information on-line regarding on-line orientation and technology requirements. Faculty will also be available for support and guidance.