The UCA Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for a working Registered Nurse (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. All MSN courses are offered online with periodic visits to the Conway campus required for each course (see On-Campus Dates tab). Each track meets the professional standards for that role preparation.
If you reside outside of Arkansas and select one of the two nurse practitioner tracks, you must confirm with your State Board of Nursing that you are allowed to complete your MSN clinicals in your state and subsequently be licensed as a Nurse Practitioner.
Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of adult/older adult healthcare in the primary care setting. The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of family health, treating individuals across the life span in the primary care setting. The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.
Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to be an educator in higher education, staff education, or patient education. The student selects a clinical specialty in Community/Family; Geriatrics; Maternal/Newborn/Women's Health; Adult; Pediatrics; and Psychiatric/Mental Health.
Clinical Nurse Leader Track – is for the graduate student who seeks to be prepared in an emerging advanced nursing practice role. The CNL works within a health care system to improve patient care quality and safety at the point of care delivery. The CNL may work in any health care setting with any patient population.
Post-Master’s Certificate and 2nd MSN Degree Options
These options are available to nurses who already have a graduate degree in nursing and wish to change their career focus by completing one of the above tracks. At present we are not accepting applications for the Post-Master's Certificate or 2nd MSN Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner tracks due to non-availability of clinical seats. If you are interested in either of these two tracks, you may be put on a waiting list by emailing Rose Schlosser at email@example.com. If a clinical seat becomes available, you will be notified to complete the NursingCAS application. We are accepting applications for the Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Post Master's and the Clinical Nurse Leader Post Master's Certificates and/or 2nd MSNs. Admission is competitive.
Online Tuition & Fees - please see the Student Accounts website for Online Graduate Tuition information www.uca.edu/studentaccounts.