BSN Program Information

BSN students

BSN students


The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) requires the completion of 58 semester hours of required general education courses, which may be completed at any accredited college or university. The upper-division professional requirements are completed in the College of Nursing, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, beginning in the summer following the completion of 58 hours of prerequisite courses.


The major purpose of the College of Nursing in its baccalaureate degree program is to prepare competent professional nurse generalists and provide a foundation for graduate study. The professional nurse generalist is prepared to provide health care to individuals, families, groups, and/or communities in a variety of settings. The graduate is accountable for the management of nursing care, serves as client advocates, and collaborates with other health care professionals. At the completion of the program, BSN graduates are eligible to take the state board examination for licensure.


The UAMS College of Nursing takes pride in student success. The program has a full-time academic coach that works directly with students who are at academic risk while in the program. The academic coach provides the student (s) with individual and group remediation based on individual or group needs. Students are monitored closely each semester and assessed for risk factors early and are remediated throughout the program. Senior students are required to take the Senior Capstone Course in the last semester of the program to prepare them for the RN-NCLEX licensure exam. The BSN program integrates Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) resources, remediation tools, and standardized testing throughout the curriculum to ensure that students are meeting benchmarks and are well prepared to be successful on the RN-NCLEX exam upon graduation from the program. The academic coach makes recommendations for students for alternate services such as student wellness and the Office of Educational Development when necessary.


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Are you currently a licensed registered nurse (RN)?  Learn about our RN to BSN program.

Learn about our RN to BSN program.

Do you currently have a higher education degree? Are you looking to change career fields? UAMS College of Nursing is now offering an Accelerated BSN program. Learn more today:

The program will be full-time located in Northwest Arkansas, admitted students will complete course work and clinical rotations in this area. The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) requires the completion of 58 semester hours of required general education courses, which may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must complete and successfully pass the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essentials Academic Skills (ATI TEAS). This exam must be completed at the applicant’s personal expense prior to March 1 of the year of application and an official score report from must be submitted by the application deadline. Minimum adjusted individual total score must be 65% or greater (rounding does not apply) to be considered for admission.

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BSN Program Director

Fermin Renteria, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE
Director, BSN Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
Ed II 106A
Fax: (501) 686-8350