Admission criteria

Students must meet the following criteria before their first nursing course in the summer:

  • Admitted to UALR and maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in the AAS general education requirements
  • Successful completion of College Algebra, Comp I, Comp II, PSYC or SOCI, Anatomy and Physiology I, and A&P II
  • Successful completion of one of the following: Chemistry, Microbiology, US History or American Gov’t
  • Submission of a Department of Nursing application form with copies of ALL college/university transcripts
  • Completed advising from Department of Nursing
  • Completed Evolve A2 Test

LPNs must hold a valid unencumbered LPN license or be a recent graduate of an approved LPN program.  LPN’s with less than 1000 hours of employment within 24 months of the application period AND not a recent graduate of LPN school will be required to pass the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Exam with a grade of C or higher.

Paramedics must hold certification from the Arkansas Department of Health as a paramedic and current registration as a paramedic with the National Registry of EMTs.  Paramedics must have a minimum of 1000 active paramedic hours over the last two years and are required to pass the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Exam with a grade of C or better.

Initially, students will be conditionally admitted to the nursing program. Upon completion of the following, students will be officially admitted:

  • Submission of required documents by designated date
  • Successful completion of NURS 1315 in summer term
  • Maintenance of required GPA
  • Attendance at scheduled department orientation sessions