RN to BSN FAQs

Are there any classes that I will need to take before I apply to your program?
A list of prerequisite course information can be found online on this website.  Testing out of some prerequisite courses at your local college may also be an option for you.

How many classes do I take per semester for the RN to BSN program?
Part-time students typically take 3 hours.  Full-time students typically take 6 hours.

What should I do to apply to the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program?
First, you must be a licensed RN. Please review the Accelerated RN to BSN or Accelerated RN to BSN/MNSc program information and admission requirements on the website, we recommend you read the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc page to familiarize yourself with the admission and prerequisite requirements. If you need your transcripts to be reviewed to make sure you have met all prerequisites, please email, mail, or upload unofficial transcripts to conadmissions@uams.edu.

What if I have met all prerequisite courses?
Applications are available at RN to BSN Process page.  Please make sure to read the IMPORTANT section and REMEMBER section. If you have specific questions about the admissions process, you can reach Student Services Office at (501) 686-5224.

What are the deadlines to apply?
The online program admits students for Spring, Summer and Fall, with the deadlines as follows:

RN-BSN Application Deadlines

  • Materials due – March 1 for summer admission (May start)
  • Materials due – June 1 for first fall session (August start)
  • Materials due – September 1 for second fall session (October start)
  • Materials due – November 1 for first spring session (January start)
  • Materials due – January 1 for second spring session (March start)

Do online courses cost more than traditional courses?
The online courses cost the same per credit hour as regular courses.  Current tuition cost information can be found on this page by clicking on the tuition and fees schedule on the right.

Who do I talk with if I am interested in taking online courses in the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program?
Please note, UAMS does not provide individual/stand alone courses to those not admitted to one of our degree programs. For questions about our programs please contact Student Services Office at (501) 686-5224 or by email  to: conadmissions@uams.edu.

Are all classes online? When would I have to come to UAMS?
RN-BSN classes are online. Every student will attend a one day on campus orientation at the beginning of the program. Some masters (MNSc) courses occur online and face-to-face. UAMS has Regional Centers throughout the state which allow students to remain in the local area and participate in classroom activities.

Would my working hours count as my clinical time during the semesters?
Work hours cannot count as clinical practicum hours. The clinical practicum experience will be facilitated by the course faculty and preceptors.

What kind of computer will I need to take on-line courses?

Minimum Requirements
PC or Mac based computers (<2 years old)
CPU Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz
Memory(RAM) 4.0 GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
Hard Drive 250 GB 7200rpm
Display 1440×900 resolution & 14.1”
Module Bay / Drives DVD/CD-ROM
Video Card Intel HD Graphics
Ethernet/Wireless Reliable Internet Connection
Operating System Windows Operating System – Home Premium/Professional/Ultra (7 Preferred)
Software Adobe Acrobat Reader
Real Player
QuickTime
Ms Office (2007 Preferred)

After I finish the BSN component of the RN to BSN/MNSc program, am I automatically admitted into the master’s program?
Upon completion of the BSN courses, you will enter the applicant pool with other master’s applicants. Admission to the Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) program is competitive and will be ranked by the GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

What if I have additional questions not listed on this FAQ?
Please call the student services office at (501)686-5224 or email student services at conadmissions@uams.edu.  Someone will be happy to assist you.