RN to BSN/MSN FAQs

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

Research shows that the clinical judgement 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 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 recieve 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, 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 the department website for deadlines.

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

Rose Schlosser (rschlosser@uca.edu)

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?

29 credit hours are required for the BSN degree. Out of these 29 hours, nine hours are graduate level hours that will meet requirements for both BSN and 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.

Can I have my transcripts reviewed to determine which pre-req 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 www.uca.edu/registrar Transfer Credit Guidelines and/or http://www.adhe.edu Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS). Please request the review via email to Ms. Schlosser at rschlosser@uca.edu

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 in the first semester of the program. Applicants applying 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 www.uca.edu/admissions. You must print off the Department of Nursing application, complete it and send it 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 the UCA admissions office.

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 http://uca.edu/financialaid/

How much does the program cost?

Please visit the Student Accounts Department for detailed tuition and fee information. (uca.edu/studentaccounts/)

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.