Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN to BSN) is an accelerated online completion program that offers registered nurse graduates of either an associate or a diploma program the opportunity to pursue a BSN while continuing employment. The BSN courses cover areas of health assessment, wellness promotion, economics, research, legalities, leadership, and advocacy.

Required Courses (86 hours)

General Requirements

  • PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium
  • 34 required, recent hours from an approved nursing program OR a valid, unencumbered RN license
B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Nursing Core - General

Choose 19 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 with a grade of C or greater. The first in a two-course sequence designed to introduce students in the health related professions (nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, respiratory therapy…...

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CHEM 1400 Fundamentals of Chemistry

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

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Nursing Core - US History / Government

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

An introduction to the political institutions, processes, and patterns of the national government of the United States, focusing on the Congress, presidency, and courts, and on their interrelationships. Attention is give...

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POLS 1310 American National Government

3 credit hours

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Nursing Core - Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

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Nursing Core - Humanities

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. This class addresses the same competencies as ENGL 2337, but through exploration of a specific topic. Either 2337 or 2338 satisfies the core requirement, bu...

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ENGL 2338 World Lit Themes

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

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Nursing Core - World History

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

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Required - Science Courses

Choose 12 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

1411 - The first semester of a two-semester course emphasizing the anatomy and physiology of the human organism. After an introduction, the following topics will be discussed: basic chemistry, cell biology, histology, in...

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BIOL 1411 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

1412 - Prerequisite: Biology 1411 or consent of instructor. The second semester of a two-semester course emphasizing the anatomy and physiology of the human organism. The muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, ly...

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BIOL 1412 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Required - Upper-Level Nursing Courses

Choose 34 hours

Students must earn a C or greater

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: RN or enrolled in the final semester of an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) approved associate degree or diploma program with approval of department chairperson.

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NURS 3220 Nursing Health Assessment I

2 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NURS 3220. This course is the second in a two course sequence that focuses on client assessment. It provides the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for competency that focuses on the r...

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NURS 3230 Nursing Health Assessment II

2 credit hours

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Prerequisite: Admission into the BSN Program. Prerequisite to all other required upper level nursing courses except NURS 3220 and 3230. The course focus is on the process of socialization into nursing as a profession.

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NURS 3310 Professional Nursing Role Dev

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite/Concurrent: NURS 3310. This course explores various ethical guidelines that inform and guide the decision making of nurses, including the framework of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. Emphasis...

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NURS 3350 Ethics, Legalities, & Advocacy

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite/Concurrent: NURS 3310; NURS 3220; NURS 3230. Provides an overview of knowledge, skills, and attitudes inherent in the nurse’s role as educator. Emphasis is on principles of teaching and learning in divers...

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NURS 3420 Wellness Promo & Nurse Educator

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Provides an overview of knowledge, skills, and attitudes inherent in the nurse’s role as educator. Emphasis is on principles of teaching and learning in diverse populations to implement evidence based practices to impr...

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NURS 3430 Health Care Economics

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: PSYC 2310 or PSYC 2340 or SOCI 3381/3181 or STAT 2350 Prerequisite/Concurrent: NURS 3310. This course provides an overview of scientific evidence integrated into nursing practice. The focus is on knowledge,...

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NURS 3440 Research & Evidence Based Practice

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite NURS 3310. This course provides an introduction to knowledge, skills, and attitudes for community health nursing including issues related to public health and concepts of epidemiology. Emphasis is on health ...

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NURS 4415 Community Health Needs

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite NURS 3310. This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required for leadership and management in nursing. Leadership, organizational management and change theories are exa...

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NURS 4420 Leadership and Management

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite/Concurrent: NURS 4415, NURS 4420. Must be taken in the final term. Instructor approval required. The course focuses on the synthesis of the essential competencies of the RN-BSN program in a systematic and co...

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NURS 4430 Integration of Concepts

4 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Statistics Requirement

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or equivalent. A general survey of statistical methods in psychology, including descriptive and inferential techniques. Emphasis on application and interpretation of the statistical proced...

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PSYC 2310 General Statistics

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or equivalent. A study of descriptive research techniques. Emphasis on design and statistical analysis of descriptive experimentation. Topics include central tendency and dispersion, proba...

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PSYC 2340 Statistics and Methods

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. Recommended: MATH 1301 or equivalent. Basic statistical techniques and their corresponding theoretical premises, which are often used in statistical reasoning in sociology. Qualitative variables,...

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SOCI 3381 Social Statistics

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Writing Requirement

Choose 3 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of workplace communication required of professionals who write as part of their jobs. Emphasis on developing a sense of audience and purpose, writing in teams...

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RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Intensive instruction in the theory and practice of technical communication. Emphasis on understanding audience, establishing a clear purpose, using technology, acquiring a sens...

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RHET 3326 Technical Writing

3 credit hours

Elective Courses (45 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives (remaining hours needed to reach 125 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses and 30 hours at UALR.)

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Electives

Choose 8 hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite/Concurrent: Consent of instructor. This course explores knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with accessing, managing, and communicating information, particularly on the creation, structure, and delive...

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NURS 3305 Informatics in Nursing

3 credit hours

B.S. in nursing completion (RN to BSN) program

Prerequisite: Consent of BSN Program Coordinator. This course is an upper level elective nursing course that provides opportunity for BSN nursing students to use clinical decision making and evidence based practice (EBP)...

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NURS 4110 Special Topics

1 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this completion program must meet the following requirements:

• Be admitted or readmitted to UALR

• Have a current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse or recent graduate of an associate or diploma RN program

• Earn grade C or better in a minimum of 12 credit hours of applicable general education courses beyond the associate or diploma

• Complete academic advising from the Department of Nursing

• Submit a completed BSN application form and copies of all college transcripts to the department

• Have access to a computer and Internet

The application deadline is 30 days prior to the first day of class for the selected term.

Exception: Nursing Health Assessment (NURS 3220 and 3230) may be completed during enrollment in the final semester of an associate degree or diploma RN program. Recent associate degree or diploma graduates may apply if evidence of NCLEX-RN test date and temporary license is provided.

Graduation Requirements

The program requires students to complete 60 credit hours in addition to the core curriculum requirements. No minor or second language proficiency is required.
The program is designed to be completed in either 12 months or 18 months while allowing for full- or part-time employment as a registered nurse.
See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details about this program.

Program Advisor

Jon Vickers | 501.569.8070 | jmvickers@ualr.edu
Amber Nally | 501.569.3596 | anstandridge@ualr.edu
Department of Nursing Academic Counselors

Department of Nursing website

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $260