BSN GENERAL INFORMATION, Pre-requisites (for applicants without an RN License)

General Information

Available to students who do not possess an RN license is the prelicensure BSN track. Prerequisites must be met before enrollment. For more information about the track descriptions, please visit our Track Description and Curriculum page.

I.        Minimum Admission Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • A grade of “C” or above for all nursing prerequisite credit hours.

Prerequisites — Prelicensure BSN Track
45 credit hours

  • BIOL 1410      Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIOL 2410      Human Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • BIOL 2411      Microbiology
  • CHEM 1402    General Chemistry for Health Sciences**
  • MATH 1390    College Algebra
  • MATH 2311    Elementary Statistics
  • FACS 2341      Lifespan Development
  • NUTR 1300     Foundations of Nutrition
  • PSYC 1300      General Psychology
  • WRTG 1310    Intro. To College Writing
  • WRTG 1320    Academic Writing
  • 6 Credit Hours UCA CORE Diversity in World Cultures (Social Science only)***, or Fine Arts/Humanities or Diversity/Creative Works or American History/Government
  • 2 Elective Credit Hours

*Note:  Students must take BIOL 1410 and 2410 at the same institution. Students may substitute BIOL 2406 and 2407 or 3406 and 3407 for BIOL 1410 and 2410, but both courses must be taken at the same institution as well.

**Note: CHEM 1402 is recommended for nursing majors, but CHEM 1450 meets nursing requirement.

***Note: Diversity in World Cultures Social Science Courses: ANTH 1302, ECON 2310, GEOG 1300,, GEOG 1320, HIST 1310, HIST 1320, HIST 1375 FYS, LING 1310. Choose one only.

For transfer guidelines and equivalency see Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) and/or the UCA’s Registrar Office.

  • Applicants not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language must document their English proficiency.  An official score of 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam is required.  The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years.  Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing Center will be accepted as valid.
  • Presentation of a complete application within published deadlines.

II.       Ranking criteria for qualified students who meet the admission criteria:

  •      Applications are ranked according to GPA and deficits (prerequisite courses which are not complete by the end of the Fall semester).
    • Overall GPA, Prerequisite GPA, and UCA Cumulative GPA are calculated and the higher of the three is used for ranking purposes.
    • While GPA is important, deficits can significantly impact one’s chances for admission to the nursing major.
    • Preference is given to UCA pre-nursing students who meet admission requirements (any student who has completed 12 or more credit hours at UCA and declared pre-nursing major).
    • Preference is given to students who complete science courses at UCA; or via CLEP, AP, HS-CC; or as a post-BACC.
    • Transfer students are also considered and ranked in the admission process.
  •      Application and Review Process:
    • Applications are accepted once a year for Summer II admission.
    • Applications are reviewed after final Fall grades are reported.
    • Applicants are notified of their admission status by email or by letter in late December or early January for conditional admission.
    • Decisions regarding admission are NOT given out over the phone.
    • If conditionally admitted, the remainder of the non nursing classes must be successfully completed in the Spring term to be eligible to continue in the BSN program in the Summer.
    • Applicants who feel they were treated differently from other candidates in admissions decisions are to contact the Director of the UCA School of Nursing (501-450-3119) for information about the appeals process.
    • All appeals begin with the School of Nursing and must be filed within 10 business days of admission notification.
Note:   Per state law, persons convicted of a crime may not be eligible to take the examination required for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).  For more information and a list of crimes, refer to and go to the Nurse Practice Act, chapter 3, section 17-87-312.  See the director of the School of Nursing for more information.