FAQs

May I enroll as a BSN student even though I am not an RN?
No. The BSN Completion program is only for Registered Nurses or recent graduates from an associate of science degree or diploma program.

Why should I choose UALR for my BSN completion program?

• UALR offers a quality BSN program designed to meet your continuing education needs while enabling you to maintain employment. Enrollment can be either full or part-time.
• Courses have been designed with you in mind. They are focused on the nurse who is returning to obtain an advanced degree and reflect contemporary issues and trends in health care.
• The online format of the program provides easy access for working nurses.
• You will find faculty accessible/ available to help you throughout the program.

  • In state tuition cost is considerably less than other online completion programs

Where is the Department of Nursing located?
UALR is located at 2801 South University Avenue. The Department of Nursing is located in the Engineering, Technology, and Sciences (ETAS) building on the fourth floor, Room 405.  The ETAS building is the five story red brick building on the hill across from the Fine Arts building. The back wall of ETAS faces South University Avenue. To view a map of campus click here.

What degrees does the UALR Department of Nursing offer?

The UALR Department of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree that enables working RNs and recent associate or diploma graduates to continue their nursing education.  We also have an LPN-RN Transition, and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing for students who do not hold an RN license.

Do I have to take a test to be admitted to the Nursing program?
No

I heard the BSN is hard, is that true?
Yes. The BSN contains online, upper level nursing courses designed to give you the knowledge and skills to take your next career step.  However, most students excel in this format despite the higher rigor of the courses.  The BSN is more like traditional college then your initial licensure program.  Even though you will have some tests, you are more likely to create presentations, respond to discussion questions, write papers and complete projects.

How many times per year do you admit a class?

Three times:  fall, spring, and summer

How do I enroll?

Submit a Department of Nursing BSN application along with transcripts from each separate institution.  Once all documents have been received, an advising appointment can be scheduled to discuss enrollment.

Is there any sequence to how I have to take the nursing courses?

Yes, BSN students must select either a 12 or 18 month track.  Courses are in a set pattern.  Deviation from the established pattern may result in significant breaks in schedule and ultimately delay graduation.

My nursing advisor and I originally planned that I would finish my degree in a year, but I think I want to take the summer off and graduate in the fall. Do I need to notify anyone?

Yes.  All BSN tracks run through the summer.  Any deviation from the established degree plan must be discussed with the department.  Contact the main office to schedule a phone or in person advisement.

Is it realistic to think that I can complete my upper level nursing courses in a year?

Yes.  Most students will complete in 12 months.

What types of upper electives meet 8 credit hour BSN requirement?

Anything that is considered 3000 or 4000 level will meet this requirement.  You will need a total of 45 upper level (3000 or 4000), including 8 UL elective credits to earn your BSN. Review the UALR course catalog and discuss the election options with your advisor.  Upper level courses are only available at four year colleges or universities.

Will my classes transfer to UALR?

UALR accepts work in transfer from regionally accredited institutions. Review the Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide to determine whether or not your courses will transfer, as well as, what they will transfer as (i.e. course equivalency). Transfer credits will be evaluated only after a complete application for admission and all required documents including all final transcripts have been received.

When I took A&P the courses were only 3 credits each.  Do I have to retake those courses?

No. You must have a total of 125 credits for your BSN.

I work full-time and can only take on-line courses. Are any of the general education courses offered on-line?

All general education courses are offered in an on-line format. The department has arranged for designated on-line sections of Statistics (PSYC 2340) and Writing for the Workplace (RHET 3316, upper level) to be restricted to BSN students. Contact Mrs. Bailey (labailey1@ualr.edu) if you are interested in taking these courses on-line. Spaces are limited.

I work full-time and cannot take time off to go to clinical. Can I still complete this program?

Yes. Three of the nursing courses include an integrated practice experience (IPE). The course work for the IPE’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 IPE hours.

I took a Business Statistics course will this take the place of the BSN statistics course?

No. You will have to take a course that is equivalent to one of the BSN statistics. Equivalency can be checked using the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Academic Course Transfer System (ACTS at adhe.edu).

I have already taken PHIL 1310: Introduction to Philosophy but UALR does not have this course listed as meeting the Humanities core. Will this course count or do I have to take PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society?

No, PHIL 1310 does not and has not counted for the UALR CORE.  You must take PHIL 2320 or World Lit to satisfy the Humanities requirement.

I was accepted and planned to begin nursing courses in fall, but I need to delay this. Do I have to reapply?

You must submit a notification that you are unable to accept the position. You must submit a letter requesting admission consideration for spring entry. You are not guaranteed a future acceptance into the program.

Who are the advisors for the BSN program?

Lee Bailey schedules advising appointments (569-8081 orlabailey1@ualr.edu).

Jon Vickers, Academic Counselor
(501) 569-8070
jmvickers@ualr.edu

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

I plan on moving out of state in the future.  Can I continue in the program or do I have to reside in the state?

Yes, you may continue in the program regardless of location.  While faculty, staff and facilities are available here at UALR for all students, it is not necessary to come to campus at any point.  Please be aware you will need a consistent and quality high speed internet connections  throughout the program.