Celebrating 43 Years of Educating Nurses 1969-2012
Dr. Barbara G. Williams
Welcome to the UCA Department of Nursing website. The UCA nursing faculty and staff look forward to meeting you and helping you with your nursing education experience!
UCA's nursing faculty members are expert educators and are actively engaged in practice and scholarship. They practice in area hospitals and clinics in various specialty areas. Their scholarship includes academically at-risk students, complementary care, attention deficit and hyperactive disorder, diabetic teaching, childhood obesity, home care, information technology, and practice simulation.
UCA’s nursing faculty, staff, and I invite you to allow us to assist you in achieving your professional goals. Please take the time to review our BSN and MSN program options on the pages and links that follow. If you have any questions, please contact either Program Director Dr. Susan Gatto, BSN Program Director, or Dr. Nelda New, MSN Program Director) or me – we would love to hear from you!
UPDATE: UCA's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program
Depending on the outcome of our substantive change request to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, the regional accrediting agency of UCA), we are preparing to offer a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree program. The University's Board of Trustees has approved the degree program; and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted its approval 2/1/2013.
The UCA DNP program will be part-time, completed over two calendar years, including summers. This allows students to continue full-time employment. The DNP program is post-master's. Graduates of master's nursing programs with any specialty are eligible - advanced practice preparation is not required. The program is designed to be fully delivered online with a required on-campus orientation. The DNP project is completed in the student's geographic area of choice.
Periodically check back on this website for more details. For additional information contact Rose Schlosser, Graduate Advisor, 501-450-5532.
IMPORTANT APPLICANT INFORMATION
PLEASE NOTE APPLICATION PERIODS BELOW
BSN Application: The application period for admission in Fall 2014 is January 15th - March 1st, 2014. Applications received prior to January 15th 2014 will be returned. The application currently on the website is for informational purposes only. You will find all admission criteria in the application to include per-requisites and testing information.
LPN to BSN Application:The application period for admission in Fall 2014 is January 15th - March 1st, 2014. Applications received prior to January 15th, 2014 will be returned. The application currently on the website is for informational purposes only. You will find all admission criteria in the application to include per-requisites and testing information.
RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN Application:The application period for admission in Spring 2014 is June 15th - August 1st, 2013. You will find all admission criteria in the application to include pre-requisites and other admission criteria.
MSN Application:The application packet which also includes admission criteria for the MSN program is available for download. This admission period begins June 15 and will end August 1st, 2013 for admission in Spring 2014. Applications received prior to June 15th 2013 will be returned.
If you have questions, please call 501.450.3119.
Notice for Out-of-State Applicants:
Applications from students residing outside of Arkansas will be accepted if:
1) The student holds an Arkansas RN or compact license and will have clinical experiences in Arkansas
2) The Board of Nursing and Department of Higher Education for the student's state of residence allows students of out-of-state programs without requiring a formal review and approval process.
Congratulations to our very own Ms. Betty Diehl, MSN, RN for being selected from 13 state finalists as the 2012 Outstanding Nurse Educator. The Outstanding Nurse Educator Award was developed in an effort to show appreciation and recognition to a nurse educator who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to their students. Congratulations Betty!