FAQs

Where is the Department of Nursing located?
UALR is located at 2801 South University Avenue. The Department of Nursing is located on the south end of campus near Ross Hall and Admin North. 

Where do I park when I come for my advising?
There are convenient metered parking lots located near the Department of Nursing building. Additionally, students can park in the free lot located in the University Plaza and walk through the breezeway or ride the Trojan Trolley to the NURSE Building.

What degrees does the UALR Department of Nursing offer?
The department offers five programs:

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. UALR Office of Admissions requires OFFICIAL transcripts while the Department of Nursing requires UNOFFICIAL or WORKING copies of all previous transcripts. Remember, applying to nursing school is a two-part process. Students must apply to the Department of Nursing and UALR separately.

How often do you accept students into the program?
Once a year. The application period is from January 2 to February 28. Accepted students will begin in the summer.

If I turn my application in after February 28 is there any chance I can get in the program?
Yes. The department accepts the original group of students from those who submit their application by February 28. After this date, a wait list is established. The department continues to accept students into the class as spaces become available. Keep in mind that some applicants change their mind or apply to multiple programs, so we consistently add to the class up to the first day of Summer IV session. However, submitting transcripts prior to February 28 gives students a much greater chance of being accepted.

Do I need Anatomy and Physiology: BIOL 1411, BIOL 1412 to apply?
Yes. Students need to have successfully completed or be enrolled in 4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology at the time of application to the AAS 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 took my science courses in a different state.  Will those transfer?
Maybe. The Department of Nursing needs course descriptions from your previous schools undergraduate course catalog to determine if they are equivalent to our science course requirements.  The transferability of other general education courses such as COMP I will be determined by the Office of Transfer Student Services.  Students who took science at an Arkansas college can review the ACTS website for the automatic matriculation tables to determine if they took the appropriate science classes.

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. You can either retake previously failed coursework or take additional coursework to improve the UALR GPA. 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.

Are there any nursing courses offered at Benton?
No. You can complete many general education requirements such as Composition and A&P at UALR Benton, but all nursing courses will be taught at the 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 afternoon/evening clinicals 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. You may indicate Accelerated on your application but may be placed in Traditional.

Do I have to take a test to be admitted to the nursing program?
Paramedics must take the Elsevier HESI EMS-ADN Entrance Exam.  LPN’s who are not recent graduates of an approved LPN program and have not worked more than 1000 hours as an LPN in the last 2 years are required to complete the Elsevier HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam.

Who are the advisors in the Nursing program?
Jon Vickers, Academic Counselor
(501) 569-8070
jmvickers@ualr.edu

Amber Standridge, Academic Counselor
(501) 683-2968
anstandridge@ualr.edu

Because of the volume of applicants, mandatory advising sessions are held the third Wednesday of each month.

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 AAS 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).

I heard nursing is a hard major; is that true?
Yes. Nursing requires that you retain content/information from semester to semester, dedicate sufficient time to study and preparation and be able to think critically. Nursing is a combination of art and science, knowledge retention and application. If you do not dedicate sufficient time and effort to study and preparation you will not be successful in nursing.

How many hours will I be in class each semester?
The official answer: 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 1410 is a 4 hour course 2 lecture and 2 clinical. This means each week you have 2 days of lecture and a 6 hour clinical rotation.

The unofficial answer: You will be immersed in nursing for 3 semesters. You must be prepared to budget time outside the classroom for nursing. Based on an informal survey of 2012 students in our program, most studied, prepped, practiced or did some sort of nursing related work outside the classroom and clinical for 12-18 hours per week.

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 7-8 hours of nursing coursework each semester. You may pick up additional BSN general education courses to fulfill your 12 hours.

How much does nursing school cost?
Please review our estimate of costs. Please be aware that some nursing students incur additional costs throughout the program for supplemental equipment, additional immunization documents, and testing materials.

I would like to get my BSN. Do I still have to declare for AAS?
Yes. All non-RN students start off in the AAS program which is required for licensure. Once you have been confirmed as graduating with an AAS, you may declare BSN and continue with our Bachelors program. It is a seamless transition, but you must declare associate first.

Do I have to apply to UALR for admission? If I am admitted to UALR am I admitted to the Nursing program too?
If you are not already admitted to UALR, you should apply to UALR at the same time you apply to the Department of Nursing. Admission to UALR and Nursing are two separate processes. If you are admitted to UALR it does not mean you are admitted to Nursing, nor does admission to Nursing mean you are admitted to UALR.