The course of study includes 31 credits in liberal arts and sciences and 30 required credits in nursing. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded 10 credits NURS 1300, NURS 1205, and NURS 1505. Students enter in May and complete the program the following May. Students initially enroll in NURS 1415 Nursing Role Transition. NURS 1415 is offered only during the summer semester and enrollment is limited to transition option students.
The LPN/LPTN must:
- Be a graduate of a state board of nursing approved LPN or LPTN program.
- Have a current, unencumbered LPN or LPTN license in the State of Arkansas or a mutual recognition licensure recognized by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Nurse License Compact.
- Meet advanced placement testing and work experience requirements:
- Less than 12 months after LPN/LPTN graduation: No testing required for admission to Transition Option
- Greater than 12 months after LPN/LPTN graduation: No testing required if during the past 12 to 24 months have had at least 1000 hours of nursing employment.
- Students who require Advanced Placement Testing must successfully pass the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing examination.
- Proof of active employment as an LPN/LPTN for a minimum of 1,000 hours over the last 2 years. Volunteer hours hours/work is NOT considered active employment.
The LPN/LPTN must:
- Be admitted to UALR with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 at UALR. Transfer students currently enrolled in other universities at the time of application will be considered for admission into the nursing program if the following documents are on file in the UALR Office of Admissions and Financial Aid:
- Completed UALR application form (UALR Admissions)
- Valid ACT or SAT scores, completed high school transcript or GED scores, and college transcripts through the previous fall semester
- Required immunization records
- Obtain application advising from the Department of Nursing prior to submitting an application.
- Complete the NURS 1315 prerequisite courses or course equivalents with a grade of C or greater, (See NURS 1315 course description in the course description section).
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.60 on all nursing curriculum support courses completed at the time application is made.
- Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application Form (refer to the Application Forms page). Application must be received in the nursing office in January and February.
- Submit copies of all college transcripts, LPN/LPTN transcripts, and proof of current licensure.
- Complete scheduled Evolve A2 test and submit score report with the application.
Incomplete applications cannot be processed.