The UA Little Rock Department of Nursing Ladder program is a sequence of courses designed to progress students through all competencies of nursing. The following example shows how a First Time Freshman can graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing within 4 years AND have 1 year of work experience as a registered nurse. Please attend a Pre-Admission Information Session and speak to a pre-nursing adviser about your individual plan of study.
Before you officially apply to the Department of Nursing, you must complete some general education courses including English, algebra and science coursework. Please take the time to review our curriculum and admission criteria to ensure you are meeting the application requirements.
Once you have been formally accepted into our program, nursing school begins with a series of nursing skills, med-surg and mental health courses starting in the summer. All of these combine classroom, clinical and simulation experiences. You will continue to pick up general education courses in addition to your nursing core.
From Student to Nursing Professional
In your third year, you will continue to take advanced nursing courses along with general education classes. These intensive nursing classes cover advanced med-surg, obstetrics, pediatrics and other content. At the completion of Year 3, you will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and will be eligible to apply for the National Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
The final year of nursing school is completed online to allow students to gain work experience as an RN. 34 credits of upper-level nursing courses cover topics of leadership, research, ethics, economics and wellness promotion. They are designed to increase your skills and prepare you for career advancement or graduate school. Upon completion of Year 4, you will graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
This is only an example of our students’ possible paths to graduation. Many students transfer with various levels of education. Attend a pre-admission information session or contact the nursing academic advisor to receive an individualized degree plan.
Clinical agencies used for nursing laboratory may require additional criminal background checks, scheduled drug screening, and/or random drug screening for nursing students. Results of agency screening may prohibit participation in clinical laboratory. Nursing students prohibited from participation in laboratory at a clinical agency will not be permitted to maintain enrollment in the nursing program.