Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc Admissions Information
The accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program is designed for students who graduated or will be graduating from an NLN accredited or Arkansas State Board of Nursing approved nursing program and wants to complete their BSN program. Students will need to complete 58 semester hours of required general education courses from any accredited college or university and hold a current Registered Nurse (RN) license.
Jenny Kyle, MS , BA
Director of Admissions
Phone: (501) 686-8351
Fax: (501) 686-7591
1. Applicants to the RN-BSN program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply. 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. Admission GPA is calculated using only general education prerequisite course grades excluding elective hours. Grade replacement policy is in effect. 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.) All fifty-eight (58) prerequisite hours must be successfully completed with a “C” or better prior to enrollment.
2. Applicants to the Accelerated RN-BSN or RN-MNSc program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.85 to be eligible to apply. In addition to having a 2.85 cumulative GPA, 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. Admission GPA is calculated using only general education prerequisite course grades excluding elective hours. Grade replacement policy is in effect. 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.) All fifty-eight (58) prerequisite hours must be successfully completed with a “C” or better prior to enrollment. The MNSc program is competitive and applicants will be ranked by the GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
3. Applicants, including those who have earned a baccalaureate degree outside the United States, must complete at least fifty-eight (58) semester hours of prerequisite general education courses prior to admission.
4. If the applicant was not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language, the applicant may document their English proficiency in one (1) of two (2) ways:
A. 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.
B. 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.
5. International Applicants: If a candidate is basing admission eligibility on credits from an international accredited college or university, the official transcript must first be evaluated by the United States accredited college or university where prerequisite courses are being taken. A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with the application. A GPA for purposes of admission is figured on courses taken at United States accredited colleges or universities.
6. Official transcripts of course work from all other institutions attended must be forwarded to the Director of Admissions, College of Nursing, for review. Upon request, an accompanying catalog for the years covered by the transcript must be submitted before evaluation can take place.
UAMS College of Nursing
Student Service Office
4301 W. Markham Slot 529
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
7. 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.
8. 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.