RN to BSN Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT Completion of a Health Assessment course is required for every RN applicant, as well as completion of all advanced placement requirements.

PREREQUISITES

Applicants must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better prior to being admitted to the Accelerated RN to BSN/MNSc or RN to BSN/MNSc program:

  • Microbiology/Lab – 4 credit hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab – 4 credit hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab – 4 credit hours
  • Composition I – 3 credit hours
  • Composition II – 3 credit hours
  • Speech/Communications – 3 credit hours

However in order to qualify for Accelerated RN to BSN program completion OR MNSc course enrollment for the RN to BSN/MNSc track, ALL 58 prerequisite semester hours  must be completed.  See Prerequisites page for a full list of all 58 prerequisites.

GPA

For Accelerated RN to BSN applicants:

  • All applicants, including those with a previous baccalaureate or higher degree, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale with a grade of “C” or better in all College of Nursing general education prerequisite courses AND a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale, including those with a previous baccalaureate or higher degree, on all completed college/university coursework.
  • Entering GPA is calculated using every general education prerequisite course grade excluding elective hours.
  • Grade replacement policy is in effect when calculating entering prerequisite GPA only. To replace a grade, the number of hours must be equal, and the course content must be equal. (In the case of repeated courses, only the last grade will be used to calculate the GPA.)  In cumulative GPA calculation, the institution’s GPA calculation policies apply.

For RN to BSN/MNSc applicants:

  • All applicants, including those with a previous baccalaureate or higher degree, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.85 or greater on a 4.0 scale with a grade of “C” or better in all College of Nursing general education prerequisite courses AND a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or greater on a 4.0 scale, including those with a previous baccalaureate or higher degree, on all completed college/university coursework. The MNSc program is competitive and applicants will be ranked by the GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Entering GPA is calculated using every general education prerequisite course grade excluding elective hours.
  • Grade replacement policy is in effect when calculating entering prerequisite GPA only. To replace a grade, the number of hours must be equal, and the course content must be equal. (In the case of repeated courses, only the last grade will be used to calculate the GPA.)  In cumulative GPA calculation, the institution’s GPA calculation policies apply.

TOEFL

  • If you were not born in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language, then an official TOEFL score of at least 550 or above on the paper-based exam, or 213 or above on computer-based exam, or a minimum score of 20 in each section of the iBT, is required.
  • The test must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years of admission.
  • Official TOEFL exam score report reflecting successful completion must be received no later than one (1) month after the application deadline date. Only TOEFL test scores received directly from ETS will be accepted as valid.
  • Testing information is available at http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/tcenter.jsp.
  • If the applicant’s entire educational experience has been in the United States, the applicant does not have to take the TOEFL. To document this, the applicant must provide records/transcripts from the time that the applicant entered school in the seventh grade through high school and college. If the applicant cannot provide this documentation, the applicant may appeal first to the College of Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee and then to the College of Nursing Dean.

TRANSCRIPTS

  • Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) of course work from ALL institutions attended should be mailed to the College of Nursing, Student Services Office, for review. Upon request, an accompanying catalog for the years covered by the transcript may be requested before evaluation can take place.  IMPORTANT NOTE about electronic transcripts: UAMS can only accept electronic official transcripts from eScrip-Safe.  If sending an electronic official transcript to our office, please check to make sure your host institution sends through the eScrip-Safe network before ordering an electronic official transcript.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts – If the degree was earned outside of the United States, the applicant must have all international transcripts evaluated by a credentialing entity that is a member of NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) naces.org (e.g., www.wes.org or www.ece.org). The evaluation must include proof of the equivalency of a United States degree and an equivalent GPA that is based on a 4.0 grading system.
  • Mail all transcripts to:

UAMS College of Nursing
Student Service Office
4301 W. Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, Arkansas  72205

BACKGROUND CHECK

  • To comply with mandates from clinical agencies utilized by the UAMS College of Nursing (CON), students enrolled in all CON programs are required, at the initial semester of enrollment and at the beginning of each fall semester in which the student is enrolled, to have criminal background checks, driving history record checks, and urine drug screens in order to remain enrolled in any CON course.
  • All screenings are conducted at the expense of the individual student. The screenings listed will be conducted by castlebranch.com, which is a part of Castle Branch, Inc., a background check service that allows students to purchase their own background check.
  • The results of a student’s background check and drug screen are posted to the castlebranch.com Web site in a secure, tamper-proof environment, where the student, as well as UAMS CON administrators, can view the background check results.
  • The urine drug screen is coordinated by this company, but is conducted at designated community sites through Lab Corp. Each student will be instructed via the castlebranch.com web site regarding the specific approved Lab Corp site closest to them.

ONLINE APPLICATION

RN to BSN Application

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Requirements necessary to receive advanced placement vary with length of time since graduation and length of time of nursing employment. See “Arkansas Nursing Articulation Model“.

NOTE: All prerequisite course work and credit by examination must be completed and is considered part of the application process. Only complete application files will be considered for admission, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completeness exists.