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.

Three of the 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.

The department anticipates 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. The department will provide students with a simple approval form for use.