UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Pathway

With the demand for nurses on the rise across the state, there has never been a better time to earn a degree in nursing from UA Little Rock. Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation—making up the majority of professionals in the healthcare industry. In as little as 18 months, you can earn your RN license and start working in the field through the UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Pathway Program.

This program is designed to prepare students to obtain their RN license and begin a career at CHI St. Vincent. The best part is students in the Pathway Program will be awarded $2,500 per semester to help with tuition costs!


3 STEPS TO YOUR NURSING PATHWAY

 

Step 1:

Get Advised

Review program requirements and sign up to complete your required group pre-advising session prior to applying to the nursing program.

 

Step 2:

Apply Online

Fill out the UA Little Rock general admissions application for the summer semester.

 

Step 3:

Submit Documents

Submit Department of Nursing Application, unofficial transcripts, and any additional documents. Once accepted, you will be sent a Pathway Program application.

Students must be accepted into the UA Little Rock Department of Nursing to be eligible for the Pathways Program.

A PATHWAY TO YOUR FUTURE

Young caucasian woman in UA Little Rock nursing uniform holding the end of a stethoscope smiles as she speaks to an African American nurse.

Nursing is an emotionally rewarding and highly respected career that is in growing demand both locally and nationally. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses will increase 16% by 2024—this means over 400,000 job openings nationwide for licensed nurses by 2024. As part of the accelerated Associate of Applied Science in nursing (AAS-RN), the UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Pathway Program will provide a pathway for students looking to break into this growing career field.


UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Pathway Program Admission


Students must first apply to the AAS-RN program. Applications for all nursing program are accepted once a year. Once accepted into the nursing program, you may be eligible for the Pathways Program which accepts 40 applicants each year.

Application Deadline

The department begins accepting applications on January 5. The priority deadline for applications is February 28 for all students applying to the AAS-RN program. The first group of students will be accepted from this pool of applicants. The department continues to accept applications after the February 28 date and will admit additional students based on space availability.

Applicants who submit after the priority deadline run the risk of being waitlisted, so apply early!

Attend Pre-Admission Advising

Potential students must be advised by the Department of Nursing before submitting an application to the nursing program. The purpose of the session is to provide students with information regarding the AAS-RN program. For general academic advising visit the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Apply for Undergradate Admission to UA Little Rock

Nursing applicants should apply for summer term admission. You will need to apply to both the UA Little Rock general undergraduate admission and the Department of Nursing. You may have to reapply if you previously attended UA Little Rock, but have not taken classes in two years.

Submit Documentation to the Department of Nursing

Finally, you will need to submit the following items to the Department of Nursing:

  • a completed and signed Department of Nursing Application,
  • unofficial transcript from all previous colleges, and
  • any required supplemental documentation.*
Individual applications may require additional documentation such as TOEFL scores, clemency forms, letters of good standing, etc. Applicants will not be considered until all documentation has been submitted.

Undergraduate Admission


In addition to the undergraduate admission requirements listed below, you will need to submit the following required documents:

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Regular Admission
Conditional Admission
Students with all of the following academic qualifications will be unconditionally admitted:

  • A cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An ACT composite score of 19 or a combined Critical Reading/Math SAT I score of at least 910 or comparable COMPASS score.
  • Successful completion of the high school college preparatory core in effect at the time of graduation from high school.
Applicants who do not meet requirements for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission. Students who present one of the following qualifications will be conditionally admitted:

  • An ACT composite score of 18 or higher, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.6 on a 4.0 scale, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with 5 or fewer D’s and F’s in college preparatory courses on the final high school transcript.

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Home-schooled graduates, online high school graduates, or those with a GED are unconditionally admitted if they have an ACT composite score of 19 or a combined verbal/math SAT I score of at least 910, or a comparable COMPASS score.International and transfer students may have different requirements for admission, please review the UA Little Rock admissions website for more information.

Department of Nursing Admission


In addition to the undergraduate admission requirements above, you will also need to meet the following Department of Nursing admission requirements:

    1. Be admitted to UALR with regular or conditional admission status.
Transfer students currently enrolled in other universities at the time of application are required to apply and be admitted into UA Little Rock prior to applying to the nursing program.
    1. Maintain a minimum 2.60 GPA in required general education courses and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at UA Little Rock.
GPA is based on courses completed at the time of application. GPA is calculated using the most recent course grade.
    1. Obtain pre-admission advising from the Department of Nursing.
You must complete your pre-admission advising appointment before applying to the nursing program.
    1. Complete all developmental courses, Composition I, College Algebra, and Anatomy & Physiology prior to applying for the nursing program summer term.
For a full list of required general education courses, see the Course Requirements section below.
    1. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application.
Applications can be submitted between January 5 and February 28 and should include a copy of all college/university transcripts and scores for credit by examination in required general education courses.
    1. ESL students must have TOEFL scores of 83 (internet exam), 207 (computerized exam) or 540 (paper exam).
Students who have completed a previous nursing degree from another country may not be eligible to apply for admission. Please contact the Department of Nursing for additional information.

Conditional Admission

Students will initially be conditionally admitted to the nursing program. Students will be officially admitted to the nursing program upon completion of the following:

    • Successful completion of NURS 1300
    • Submission of required documents by designated date (specified on letter of conditional admission)
    • Maintenance of required GPA (required general education and cumulative)
    • Attendance at scheduled department orientation session


EARN AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN 18 MONTHS

Four nursing students, two women and two men, working performing vitals on a simulation dummy in a hospital room.

The Pathway Program is an 18-month accelerated RN track that provides students with tuition and fees to cover the cost of nursing school. This 31-hour, four-semester program consists of on-campus nursing lectures and clinical-based coursework.

Students selected for the Pathway Program must take NURS 1300 in the summer and will begin taking classes in the fall. Students enrolled for 2017 will be eligible for RN Licensure Exams in December 2018.


Course Requirements

Some of your general education courses must be complete prior to enrolling in the AAS-RN program. See the Department of Nursing Admission section above for more information regarding admission criteria.

Required General Education Courses*

Must be completed before application to the nursing program:
RHET 1311 Composition I
MATH 1302 College Algebra
BIOL 1433 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 1411 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 1412 Anatomy and Physiology II

Must be completed by the end of the first spring semester:
RHET 1312 Composition II
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience or SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
CHEM 1400 Fund of Chemistry I or higher level chemistry course (excluding CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society)
HIST 2311 US History to 1877 or History 2312 US History since 1877 or Political Science 1310 American National Government
BIOL 2401 Microbiology

Pathway Program Curriculum

Summer Conditional Acceptance
NURS 1200 Introduction to Nursing: Concepts I
NURS 1202 Nursing: Concepts II

Semester 1: Fall
NURS 1505 Adult Nursing I

Semester 2: Spring
NURS 1410 Adult Nursing II
NURS 1420 Mental Health Nursing

Semester 3: Summer
NURS 2410 Obstetric and Reproductive Health Nursing
NURS 2420 Pediatric Nursing

Semester 4: Fall
NURS 2550 Adult Nursing III
NURS 2350 Competency for Entry into Practice

*The Pathway Program does not cover the cost of tuition and fees for courses general education courses or NURS 1200 or NURS 1202. Students will need to find additional funding for these courses.

Course Descriptions

NURS 1410 Adult Nursing II
Prerequisites: NURS 1205, NURS 1505, BIOL 1433 or BIOL 1412. Builds on NURS 1505 with focus on coordination of patient centered care and the evidence base for planning priorities based on the health problem, symptoms, and patient/family beliefs and values. Exemplars include acute and chronic health problems common in middle adulthood that require multidisciplinary management. Students continue to develop nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the competencies of safety, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, and informatics with laboratory experiences in simulation, structured health care settings, and completion of a service learning activity. Four credit hours (2 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

NURS 1420 Mental Health Nursing
Prerequisites: NURS 1205, NURS 1505, BIOL 1433 or BIOL 1412. Builds on NURS 1505 with a focus on mental health/illness across the lifespan and communication with patients, families, and the health care team, including principles of conflict management. Exemplars include psychosocial assessment in acute and chronic mental illness, symptom management, and patient advocacy. Students continue to develop nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the competencies of safety, quality improvement, and informatics through learning experiences in the classroom, acute care/community mental health facilities. Traditional option: Four credit hours (2 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

NURS 1505 Adult Nursing I
Prerequisite: NURS 1300; Prerequisite/Concurrent: NURS 1205, BIOL 1433 or BIOL 1412. An introduction to the nurse’s role in the delivery of patient centered care as a member of a multidisciplinary team with an emphasis on the growth and development in older adulthood, fundamental nursing assessment and interventions to promote functioning and comfort. Introduction to cultural considerations, pharmacology, physical and environmental safety, evidence based practice, legal/ethical principles, quality improvement, and informatics is incorporated through exemplars of chronic health problems and physical changes requiring acute or long term management. Learning activities include class and laboratory experiences in simulation, acute care, long-term care, and community settings. Five credit hours (3 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

NURS 2350 Competency for Entry into Practice
Prerequisites: NURS 2550, CHEM 1400 or higher (excluding CHEM 1409). Prerequisite/Concurrent: BIOL 2401. The focus of this course is to support transition to the practice of nursing through synthesis of knowledge. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the competencies of patient centered care, evidence based practice, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, and informatics. The competencies will be demonstrated within a structured preceptor supervised practicum, and during a practical management experience. Comprehensive review will support student readiness for the NCLEX-RN examination. Three credit hours (2 credits theory; 1 credit lab).

NURS 2410 Obstetric and Reproductive Health Nursing
Prerequisites: NURS 1410 or NURS 1415, NURS 1420, and MATH 1302. Prerequisite/Concurrent: CHEM 1400, CHEM 1402 or higher (excluding CHEM 1409). A study of the current evidence base for patient centered care during the reproductive years, with emphasis on normal child-bearing processes. Exemplars illustrating expected processes and common problems that occur during childbearing will be used to facilitate students’ application of decision making skills to prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Students will provide patient/family discharge teaching and implement an original community teaching project to further develop skills in quality improvement and informatics. Laboratory experiences will take place in simulation, acute care and community settings. Traditional option: Four credit hours (2 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

NURS 2420 Pediatric Nursing
Prerequisites: NURS 1410 or NURS 1415, NURS 1420, and MATH 1302 or higher. Prerequisite/Concurrent: CHEM 1400, CHEM 1402 or higher (excluding CHEM 1409). A study of the growth and development of infancy through adolescence within the family context. Common acute and chronic health problems that occur during childhood will be incorporated through exemplars in which students must examine the current evidence base and prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Students will collaborate in the development of a planned change related to safety needs across developmental stages in a variety of settings. Knowledge and skills related to quality improvement and informatics as they relate to care of children will continue to develop through classroom and laboratory experiences. Laboratory experiences will take place in simulation, acute care and community settings. Traditional option: Four credit hours (2 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

NURS 2550 Adult Nursing III
Prerequisites: NURS 2410, NURS 2420, CHEM 1400, CHEM 1402 or higher (excluding CHEM 1409) Prerequisite/Concurrent: BIOL 2401. The focus of this course is to further develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to clinical decision making in the delivery of nursing care to adults. Complex health problems will be incorporated through exemplars in which students must prioritize care as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Laboratory experiences will include simulation and managing care for groups of patients and providing leadership within the nursing team, with emphasis on provision of evidence based, patient centered care in acute care settings. Competencies of safety, quality improvement , and informatics will be incorporated in laboratory experiences. Five credit hours (3 credits theory; 2 credits lab).

Graduation Requirements


At the end of the program, you should have:

      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
      • Grade of C or better in all nursing curriculum support courses
      • Grade of C or better in all required nursing courses


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOLLOWING GRADUATION

Close up of a young white man listening into a stethoscope as he checks vitals on a patient in a hospital room.

The Pathway Program is made possible through a partnership between CHI St. Vincent and UA Little Rock. With over 700 candidates applying to enter the UA Little Rock nursing school each year, selection for the Pathways Program is very competitive.


Full-Time Employment Following Graduation


Students selected for the Pathway Program will be paired with a liaison appointed by CHI St. Vincent and complete a portion of their training at one or more of CHI St. Vincent’s campuses. Prior to graduation, Pathway Program students will be required to submit an application for employment with CHI St. Vincent’s and its affiliates. These students will have a contractual agreement to work full-time for CHI or its affiliates in a clinical area based on the availability of positions and the needs of the organization for a minimum of 24 months following graduation and successful RN licensure.

Financial Assistance Package


Students accepted into the Pathway Program will receive a total of $10,000* to help cover the cost of tuition and fees while enrolled in the nursing program.

UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Sponsorship Package

UA Little Rock will provide a $1,250/semester scholarship to each student in the Pathway Program for a maximum of four semesters ($5,000 over the course of the program). This scholarship is free financial aid that does not require repayment.

CHI St. Vincent will provide a $1,250/semester sponsorship to each student in the Pathway Program for a maximum of four semesters ($5,000 over the course of the program). This sponsorship package will be structured as a loan and subject to forgiveness on a monthly basis as long as the student remains in the Pathway Program through graduation and employment by CHI St. Vincent for a minimum of 24 months following graduation from UA Little Rock.

Tuition Repayment

Students who successfully complete the nursing program and CHI St. Vincent employment requirements will not have to pay back money from the sponsorship package. Students who do not successfully complete the Pathways Program or who fail to meet their two year commitment to CHI St. Vincent will be required to pay a portion of the sponsorship funds back to the university as a loan.

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*The Pathway Program will help cover tuition and frees for a maximum of four semesters. Students will be responsible for purchasing textbooks and supplies as well as tuition and fees for general education courses and NURS 1300.

Pathway Program Eligibility & Requirements

Candidate selection for the Pathway Program will be based on acceptance into the AAS-RN program.

Associated in Applied Science in Nursing Selection Criteria

      • GPA from required general education courses (minimum 2.6)
      • UA Little Rock cumulative GPA (minimum 2.0)
      • Grade in NURS 1300 (minimum 2.0)
      • Completion or planned completion of all required general education courses and NURS 1300 by the end of first spring semester

Pathway Program Requirements

      • Participation in a minimum number of CHI St. Vincent events/programs
      • Attend monthly meetings with the CEHP Student Success Coordinator
      • Participation in mentoring activities
      • Meeting with an advisor and/or tutor in the event of unsatisfactory test scores and/or performance in the clinical setting
      • Participate in training at one or more of CHI St. Vincent’s campuses
      • Submit an application for employment with CHI St. Vincent prior to graduation
      • Employment at CHI St. Vincent for a minimum of 24 months
Failure to adhere to the Pathway Program requirements will result in dismissal from the program and will initiate tuition repayment procedures outlined in the Financial Assistance Package section above.



HAVE QUESTIONS?

We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about our available programs. Use the form below to submit your inquiries or contact Jon Vickers at jmvickers@ualr.edu or 501.569.8070.

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