UCA MSN PROGRAM RANKS 8TH IN THE NATION!!!!
“We are very pleased to announce that our MSN program has been ranked 8th in the nation of all graduate nursing programs as determined by Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration!!!!” Programs were ranked based on flexibility, active faculty and tuition & fees. Please see the following link for more details!
The UCA Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for 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. Master’s-prepared nurses seeking preparation in any MSN track have two options to obtain academic requirements for national certification: (1) second master’s degree option and (2) post-master’s certificate option. These options provide a planned course of study for preparation in the desired track. Thirty credit hours are required for the second MSN degree. A minimum of twelve credit hours are required for the post-master’s certificate. Completion of the option is clearly noted on the student’s transcript. Contact the UCA School of Nursing for more information regarding these options.Admission is competitive.
Online Tuition & Fees – please see the Student Accounts website for Online Graduate Tuition information www.uca.edu/studentaccounts.
COMPUTER AND EMAIL GUIDELINES
An email account and access to a computer is required for participation in the RN program. For information about required computer hardware and software and available resources for online students, go to the UCA Online Technical Requirements & Resources page at http://uca.edu/online/technical-requirementsresources-and-supportbrowser-check/.
UCA email and Blackboard are the official communication tools for the university. Home email accounts will not be used for program or course information after a student enrolls in courses.