Generic/Traditional BSN Track
The generic/traditional BSN track is designed for students with no nursing license. All pre-nursing majors, including those with an Associate or Bachelor degree in another area, must complete the specific pre-requisite courses prior to being admitted to the three-year nursing major.* Admission to UCA as a pre-nursing major does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. One class of Generic/Traditional BSN students is admitted each year and begin classes in the fall. Applications are only accepted between January 15 and March 1 for the fall class.
LPN/LPTN to RN-BSN Track
The LPN/LPTN to RN-BSN track is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Psychiatric Technical Nurses (LPTNs) who wish to become Registered Nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Qualified LPNs or LPTNs receive up to 13 hours of BSN nursing credit. Students in this program must complete the nursing specific pre-requisite courses prior to being admitted.* LPN/LPTNs are only admitted one time a year and begin classes in the fall. Applications are only accepted between January 15 and March 1 for the fall class.
RN-to-BSN or RN-to-BSN/MSN Tracks (online)
The RN-to-BSN track is for Registered Nurses (RNs) who are graduates of accredited associate degree or hospital diploma programs and seek a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Qualified RNs receive 41 hours of BSN nursing credit based on their prior educational program.*
The RN-to-BSN/MSN track allows the RN to complete up to 9 graduate credit hours while completing the BSN in lieu of 9 undergraduate credit hours, thus accelerating the MSN degree program. The BSN degree is awarded when the baccalaureate degree requirements are met.
Both tracks are designed for the working RN with all nursing courses offered online. Periodic visits to the Conway campus are required for each course. The length of time to complete the BSN and MSN degrees vary on the curriculum plan. Applications for the RN-to-BSN or the RN-to-BSN/MSN tracks are accepted twice a year:
- Fall enrollment--applications only accepted between February 15 and April 1
- Spring enrollment--applications only accepted between June 15 and August 1
*Pre-requisite courses can be taken at UCA or transferred from another institution. Students are encouraged to review the Transfer Credit Guidelines information located on the Registrar's website and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's Course Transfer System (ACTS) to check on what course credits will transfer.