Licensed RNs

I am already a licensed RN, why should I get my BSN?

Research shows that the clinical judgment and surveillance for patient problems of BSN prepared nurses is more effective than RNs not prepared at the BSN level.  Hospitals with adequate staffing and a high percentage of BSN nurses providing care have been better patient outcomes.  Having your BSN also makes you more upwardly mobile in your career path.

Why should I choose the RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MSN program at UCA?

Our programs are designed for the working RN with all nursing courses offered online.  Periodic visits to the Conway campus are required for each course.  Qualified RNs receive 41 hours of BSN nursing credit based on their prior educational program.

What are the requirements for the RN to BSN Program?

Unencumbered RN license, completion of pre-reqs, admission to UCA, GPA 2.75 or higher, Department application packet, and criminal background check.

What are the requirements for the RN to BSN/MSN Program?

Unencumbered RN license, completion of pre-reqs, admission to UCA, GPA 3.0 or higher, Department application packet, criminal background check.

I am about to finish my RN program, can I still apply?

Yes.  You may be admitted on the condition that you are a licensed RN prior to beginning the program.

How often do you admit?

At present, we admit in fall and spring.  Please see department website home page for deadline ( 

Who is the advisor for the RN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN/MSN program?

Rose Schlosser;

How many credit hours are required for the RN to BSN program?

30 credit hours.  Students enter as a senior and may complete the BSN program full-time or part-time.

How many credit hours are required for the RN-to-BSN/MSN program?

Twenty-nine hours are required for the BSN degree.  Of those 29 hours, 9 hours are graduate level hours that will meet requirements for both the BSN and the MSN.  Depending on which MSN track is selected, the MSN degree requires from 30-35 credit hours.  Depending on which MSN track you select, you may attend part-time or full-time.

What are the pre-reqs for the RN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN/MSN programs?

Writing and Oral Communication  (9 hrs)                             Sciences  (16 hrs)
– WRTG 1310, Intro to College Writing*                                 – Anatomy & Physiology 8 hrs*1
– WRTG 1320, Academic Writing*                                           – BIOL 2411, Microbiology*
– SPCH 1300, Basic Oral Communication*                          – CHEM 1402, Gen. Chem, for Health Sciences

Fine Arts   (3 hrs)                                                                        Social Science   (9 hrs)
– ART 2300, Art Appreciation                                                    – PSYC 1300, General Psychology*
– FILM 2300, Film Appreciation                                                – PSYC 2370 or FACS 2341, Development
– THEA 2300, Theatre Appreciation                                        – Social Sciences elective (choose one of the following):
– MUS 2300, Music Appreciation                                                       – ANTH 1302 Intro to Anthropology
                                                                                                                 – ECON 1310 Modern Political Econ
Humanities   (3 hrs)                                                                             – FINA 2330 Personal Finance
– AFAM 1330, African & African American Studies                          – GEOG 1300 Geography of World Reg.
– ENGL 1350, Intro to Literature                                                         – HED 2320 Mental Health
– ENGL 1355, Film and Literature                                                     – HIST 1310 World History I
– ENGL 2305, World Literature I                                                         – HIST 1320 World History II
– ENGL 2306, World Literature II                                                        – LING 1310 Lang. Cult & Society
– ENGL 2370, Intro to Fiction                                                               – PSCI 2315 Intro to Political Theory
– ENGL 2380, Intro to Poetry                                                               – SOC 1300 Principles of Sociology
– ENGL 2390, Intro to Drama                                                              – SOC 2325 Social Problems
– PHIL 1301, Philosophy for Living
– PHIL 1330, World Philosophies                                             Mathematics and Statistics   (6 hrs)
– PHIL 2305, Critical Thinking                                                    – MATH 1390 College Algebra*
– RELG 1320, World Religions                                                  – MATH 2311, PSCI 2312, PSYC 2330, or – SOC 2321 Statistics*
– RELG 1330, Exploring Religion
– WLAN 2315, Cultural Studies                                                  Responsible Living   (3 hrs)
                                                                                                          – NUTR 1300 Nutrition Life Cycle*
History / Government  (3 hrs)
– HIST 2301, American Nation I, or HIST 2302, American Nation II, or PSCI 1330 US Government and Politics (preferred)


Courses with an * are required for the nursing major and must be completed with a grade of “C” or above.

Courses without an * are NOT required of students with a baccalaureate degree or an Associate of Arts degree from an Arkansas supported college/university.  These students need only complete the required non-nursing courses for the nursing major.  Most Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing do not qualify.

1 Eight hours of Anatromy & Physiology with lab is preferred.  If taken at UCA, BIOL 1400 and BIOL 2405 are accepted.

2 CHEM 1450 will be transferred or completed at UCA – 52 credit hours.


Can I have my transcripts reviewed to determine which pre-reqs I still need?

Yes, it is important that students transferring credit from other institutions work carefully with a UCA nursing academic advisor to ensure that degree requirements are met in an expedient manner and that courses will transfer.  See Transfer Credit Guidelines and/or Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS).  Please request the review via email to Ms. Schlosser at

Do all pre-reqs need to be completed before I apply?

Applicants applying to the RN-to-BSN program may be admitted lacking one pre-req which would be completed the first semester in the program.  Applicants apply to the RN-to-BSN/MSN program must have all pre-reqs completed prior to beginning the program.  Applicants may be in the process of completing pre-reqs at the time of application as long as the above two conditions are met.

Do I have to apply to both UCA and to the Department of Nursing?

Yes, apply online to UCA at  You must print off the Dpeartment of Nursing application, complete it and send to the address indicated.

Do I need to send official transcripts to both UCA and the Department of Nursing?

No, you may send unofficial transcripts to the Department of Nursing.  You must send official transcripts to UCA Admissions.

I am applying to the RN-to-BSN/MSN program.  Do I need to complete the GRE before I apply?

No, if you are admitted, you will complete the GRE typically the semester before you take your first graduate level course.

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

Both the RN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN/MSN programs are approved for financial aid for qualified students.  For more information, visit

How much does the program cost?

Please visit the Student Accounts Department for detailed tuition and fee information.

Where is the UCA Department of Nursing located?

The Department of Nursing is in the Doyne Health Science Building which is at the intersection of Bruce Street and Western Avenue.  Ms. Schlosser is in room 111.