RN to BSN/MSN - Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements (Admission to the RN to BSN/MSN Program is selective and competitive).

1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

2. Completion of all specified required non-nursing courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Students may apply during their final semester of the RN program.

3. Proof of a current RN license from the student’s state of residence and/or practice.

4. Graduate of an NLNAC or ACEN accredited nursing program leading to RN licensure. (Graduates of non-accredited schools will be considered on an individual basis.)

5. Work experience as specified by the articulation standards, see below.

6. Submit a completed application file (per the Application Steps below). Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible, as it may take 6 or more weeks to complete the application and for all credentials to be received and verified through the centralized application service (NursingCAS).

7. Admission to UCA. The University application form is available online at http://www.uca.edu/admissions. Students are encouraged to be under the advisement of a UCA Nursing Advisor prior to that time.

8. International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (required minimum of 83 or higher on the iBT). The exam must have been taken with the last two (2) calendar years.

Articulation Standards: Based on the Arkansas Nursing Articulation Model, RNs who meet the following criteria are eligible to receive credit for core nursing courses (41 hours) by validation (without testing). The credit is held in escrow until after the student has successfully completed all UCA BSN degree requirements.

1. 0 to 12 Months after Graduation

1. Graduate of an NLNAC or ACEN accredited program.

2. No work experience required.

2. 12+ Months after Graduation

1. Graduate of an NLNAC or ACEN accredited program.

2. At least 1000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12 months.

Graduates of non-accredited programs are handled on an individual basis.

RN to BSN/MSN Pre-requisite Courses (If you have previously attended the University of Central Arkansas, please contact Ms. Schlosser for additional information regarding the pre-reqs - rschlosser@uca.edu)

College Algebra (UCA: MATH 1390/ ACTS: MATH 1103)*

Basic Oral Communication (UCA: SPCH 1300/ ACTS: SPCH 1003)*

Basic Statistics (UCA: PSYC 2330, SOC 2321, PSCI 2312, MATH 23111/ ACTS: MATH 2103)*

General Psychology (UCA: PSYC 1300/ ACTS: PSYC 1103)*

Development Psychology or Lifespan Development (UCA: PSYC 2370 or FACS 2341/ ACTS: PSYC 103)*

Introduction to College Writing (UCA: WRTG1310/ ACTS: ENGL 1013)*

Academic Writing (UCA: WRTG 1320/ ACTS: ENGL 1023)*

Anatomy & Physiology (8 credit hours with labs; ACTS: BIOL 2004)*

Microbiology (UCA: BIOL 2411/ ACTS: BIOL 2004)*

Physiological Chemistry or College Chemistry with lab (4 credits with lab; ACTS: CHEM 1214, 1224, 1414, or 1424)*

General Education Requirements if not met through associate degree or baccalaureate degree:1

Social Science Elective (3 credits)

Fine Arts Elective (3 credits)

Humanities Elective (3 credits)

US History or Government (3 credits)

Courses with an * are required for the nursing major and must be completed with a grade of "C" or above. Courses with an ACTS comparable course (e.g., ACTS: MATH1103) are part of the Arkansas Course Transfer System. See the ACTS web site {URL} for comparable courses from other Arkansas colleges and universities, guaranteed to transfer to UCA. See http://uca.edu/go/acts for a complete list of UCA’s courses in the ACTS.

Courses without an * are core (general education) requirements and are already met by individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another field or with an Associate of Arts or approved Associate of Science degree from an Arkansas state supported college or university (Associate of Applied Science does not qualify).

1A list of acceptable electives for Social Science, Fine Arts and Humanities may be found below.

The above courses may be taken at any accredited university or college and transferred to UCA if the transfer course is comparable to UCA’s course and accepted by UCA for transfer. 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 the courses will transfer. See http://www.uca.edu/registrar (go to Transfer Credit Guidelines link and scroll to bottom of that page) and http://www.adhe.edu/ Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) for courses from other Arkansas colleges/universities that will transfer to UCA.

NOTE: The Associate degree must be an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching or approved Associate of Science that qualifies by state law for having met core (core/general education) requirements. Please contact Ms. Schlosser (rschlosser@uca.edu) to confirm that the Associate of Science meets the requirements. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing does not meet the core/general education requirements and additional courses may be required.

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Science Acceptable Electives.These electives will need to be taken if you have not met the core/general education requirements with a previous degree. (Remember, if you have previously attended UCA, you must contact Ms. Schlosser to discuss the Core/General Education requirements).

Humanities (3 hours – select one of the below if needed)

African & African American Studies (UCA: AFAM 1330)

Intro to Literature (UCA: ENGL 1350)

Film and Literature (UCA: ENGL 1355)

World Literature I (UCA: ENGL 2305/ ACTS: ENGL 2113)

World Literature II (UCA: ENGL 2306/ ACTS: ENGL 2123)

Intro to Fiction (UCA: ENGL 2370)

Intro to Poetry (UCA: ENGL 2380)

Intro to Drama (UCA: ENGL 2390)

Philosophy for Living (UCA: PHIL 1301)

World Philosophies (UCA: PHIL 1330)

Critical Thinking (UCA: PHIL 2305/ ACTS: PHIL 1003)

World Religions (UCA: RELG 1320)

Exploring Religion (UCA: RELG 1330)

Cultural Studies (UCA: WLAN 2315)

Fine Arts (3 hrs – select one of the below if needed)

Art Appreciation (UCA: ART 2300/ ACTS: ARTA 1003)

Film Appreciation (UCA: FILM 2300)

Theatre Appreciation (UCA: THEA 2300/ ACTS: DRAM 1003)

Music Appreciation (UCA: MUS 2300/ ACTS: MUSC 1003)

Social Science (9 hrs – select three of the below if needed)

Intro to Anthropology (UCA: ANTH 1302/ ACTS: ANTH 1013)

Modern Political Econ (UCA: ECON 1310)

Personal Finance (UCA: FINA 2330)

Geography of World Religion (UCA: GEOG 1300/ ACTS: GEOG 2103)

Mental Health (UCA: HED 2320)

World History I (UCA: HIST 1310/ ACTS: HIST 1113)

World History II (UCA: HIST 1320/ ACTS: HIST 1123)

Language, Culture & Society (UCA: LING 1310)

Intro to Political Theory (UCA: PSCI 2315)

Principles of Sociology (UCA: SOC 1300/ ACTS: SOCI 1013)

Social Problems (UCA: SOC 2325/ ACTS: SOCI 2013)


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