Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc


Welcome to the UAMS College of Nursing Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program. This program is designed for those who are currently registered nurses (RN) who want to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


The profession of nursing is evolving to meet the healthcare needs of today’s population. As noted by the Institute of Medicine’s (2010) Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, the nursing profession is charged with assisting nurses to become lifelong learners and to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses from 50% to 80% by 2020.

Graduates of the RN programs increase their career options, establish a foundation for graduate studies, and are equipped to become effective leaders of the future.


As part of Arkansas’s only comprehensive academic health sciences center, the UAMS College of Nursing is the state’s largest nursing program offering BSN, MNSc (7 specialties), DNP, and PhD degrees.

Student Testimony

A few years ago I was researching different programs where I could finish my BSN degree. I will never forget talking to a physician about this and what he said to me. He lowered his glasses and looked at me and said “you need to go to a real school”. I immediately knew he meant UAMS and he could not have been more right! The RN to BSN program was excellent and being able to meet with instructors in person is priceless. They really get to know you and care if you succeed. Finishing my BSN at UAMS was so

helpful in continuing my education and obtaining a Master’s degree in Nursing this past December. Again, I cannot say enough good things about the professors and their willingness to help. I am now working my dream job as a Psychiatric APRN at the Rice Clinic. I am so thankful for the wonderful education UAMS provided. Look no further, you’ve found the best!  Cara Meckfessel -RN to BSN student

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