When I began this program, I had not seriously considered graduate school, but now I am compelled to take the knowledge I have gained in this program and further my education. Before enrolling in the BSN program, I had honestly never heard of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. Throughout the BSN program, I have learned a lot about these competencies, and I now feel more empowered to bring about change in my workplace …As a result of the BSN program, I feel I am a better, more professional nurse. I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm for my work and a greater sense of pride in my profession. Melanie Francis – BSN ’13

Online RN to BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program offers RN graduates of either an associate or a diploma program an avenue to pursue a BSN while continuing employment. The coursework for the BSN completion program builds on the curriculum foundation of the core registered nurse program.

The BSN courses cover areas of health assessment, wellness promotion, economics, research, legalities, leadership and advocacy. They are designed to be completed in either 1 year or 1 and a half years while allowing for full or part time employment as a registered nurse.  Please note: completion of general education courses completed prior to entering the program may effect graduation timelines.

Nursing courses consist of online delivery.  The general education courses required of the BSN completion program are available at UALR in an online or traditional classroom format. Due to the format of the nursing courses and some support courses, you will need consistent computer/internet access.

Some of the required nursing courses include an integrated practice project (IPP). The course work for the IPP’s will include completion of projects, presentations, papers etc., linked to the focus of the particular courses. Time utilized for development and implementation of assignments are considered IPP hours.