BSN Honors Program

The BSN Honors Program is designed to cultivate the best generic BSN students for graduate studies, including the option of entering the post-BSN to PhD Program in Nursing. The program has clear admission and curriculum requirements and includes a mentoring program.

The goals of the honors program are to:
• Encourage scholarly achievement in talented and highly motivated students
• Promote a high level of knowledge related to nursing education and evidenced based practice
• Promote degree advancement in nursing through the use of faculty mentors
• Stimulate creative and critical thinking
• Facilitate acquisition of research and leadership skills

Potential honors students will be identified during the spring semester of the junior year and are invited to consider participation in the program. During the spring semester, they will be assigned to a faculty mentor, who will guide the student in completing the application for admission to the Honors Program.
Students meeting the stated criteria of excellence can apply for admission to this program. If accepted, students will complete required coursework prior to graduation. Mentored by senior faculty throughout this educational experience, students can earn advanced standing when they enter the College’s PhD programs. Honors students will be limited to five each year.

Admission to the program will be based on the following criteria:
•    Currently enrolled in the BSN program.
•    A score of 75% or above on the pre-admission Exam.
•    Three letters of support from faculty.
•    Résumé including evidence of leadership and community involvement.
•    A written essay on the student’s long-term goals and why he or she wants to participate in the Honors Program.
•    A GPA in nursing courses of 3.5 or above.
•    Interview with faculty
* Selection of participants is based on space and availability of resources. Highest scores will receive first consideration.
Students completing the honors program will have ‘honors graduate’ reflected on both their transcript and at graduation. They will be matched with a mentor based on these interests. Mentors will be matched based on availability.

Students must register for the 1 hour honors program independent study course each semester. Additionally, students must enroll in the Externship course the summer between the junior and senior years. Students will contract for a grade through the appropriate form. Goals for the honors program must reflect the program goals above and must represent personal and professional goals.
From the students chosen area of emphasis, an honors project will be completed. Students will work on this honors project throughout the senior year with their mentor’s guidance. The student may either work alongside an established research interest or present their mentor with a new related idea they would like to examine.

Examples of projects are:
a. Assist with IRB
b. Assist with grant writing or submission
c. Data collection and analysis
d. Literature Reviews
e. Instrument Development
f. Patient/subject interactions with interventions
g. Disseminating findings
h. Other

The student will be required to present their honors project in a poster or podium format at the UAMS research day.
The independent study must constitute 45 contact hours per semester of mutually agreed upon activities for the honors student.
The student must complete leadership and interdisciplinary care modules on the institute for healthcare improvement website and provide documented completion.
The student must complete training on human subject protection (CITI training) for research and present completion to the mentor at the first meeting.
The student must complete HIPPA training for research.
The student must complete modules on patient/ family centered care.
Attend dissertation proposals/defenses.
Addend PhD council and science department meetings as assigned.
Attend and present at Honor’s student reception.
Students who exhibit a pattern of disciplinary action reports (DAR) will be removed from the honors program.
The student will be assigned additional opportunities by the honors program coordinator and/or mentor.