The University of Central Arkansas' Department of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees. Graduates of the nursing programs are in demand and recognized for their quality. They serve as clinicians, administrators, leaders and educators in Arkansas and around the world.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The BSN is offered for students who are not yet Registered Nurses (RN). Within the BSN degree program, we also have a track for LPNs who wish to complete the BSN, the LPN to BSN track; a track for RNs who do not yet have their BSN, the RN to BSN track; and a track for RNs who want their BSN degree and their graduate nursing degree or the RN to BSN/MSN track.
Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree program is offered to RNs with a BSN degree. There are three tracks: Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty (NECS). The NP major prepares students to assume the role of advance practice nurse. The CNL major allows nurses to remain at the bedside and is focused on patient outcomes. The NE Major prepares students to teach in a variety of settings with a clinical specialty. Majors in either the NP or CNL track can also take courses to prepare for the Nurse Educator. For individuals who already have a MSN degree, we offer Second Degree options and Post Master's Certificates.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be offered beginning in June 2014 (pending final approval by the Higher Learning Commission). The DNP is a practice-focused doctorate for nurses who desire a terminal degree with a clinical focus. This online program will be available to nurses who currently hold a Master's degree in Nursing.