The College of Nursing of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was established as an independent professional school of the University in March, 1953, in response to the interest and support of professional and community groups throughout the state. Establishment of the school was designed to help meet the pressing demands for larger numbers of skilled nurses and to make available to people of Arkansas the best possible educational preparation for the profession of nursing.
The first program established within the College in 1953 was the baccalaureate program. Its purpose is implemented through a unified curriculum combining general education and professional instruction within a university setting. Further details are provided on other pages of this web site describing the program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Nursing Science was initiated in the fall semester, 1971. This program builds upon baccalaureate education and provides a program for advanced preparation in nursing. Further information is provided on other pages of this web site.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was granted approval in October 2012 by the Arkansas Board of Higher Education and in May 2012 by the University Of Arkansas Board Of Trustees. The inaugural class began fall semester 2013 with the first cohort graduating May, 2015. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program blends clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills to prepare nurses at the highest level of practice to lead health care innovation and influence policy. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to lead interprofessional teams to identify, implement, and evaluate innovative health care models to improve quality outcomes for individuals, families, and populations. Further information is provided on other pages of this web site.
The Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) was implemented in 1997, with the first class graduating in May, 2000. Graduates of the doctoral program are prepared to advance the art and science of nursing through research and scholarship. They are expected to assume leadership positions in academic and health care settings and to influence nursing practice, health care delivery, and the social awareness of nursing’s contributions to the health care arena. Further information is provided on other pages of this web site.