RN to BSN FAQs

Are there any classes that I will need to take before I apply to your program?
A list of prerequisite course information can be found online on this website.  Testing out of some prerequisite courses at your local college may also be an option for you.

I have some college credits from several years ago, are they still valid?
Yes, acquired pre-requisite courses are valid from an accredited institution on submitted official transcripts.

What are the qualifications of the nursing faculty?
All nursing faculty are Registered nurses with advanced degrees in nursing and have clinical preparation in the subject area in which they teach.

How many classes do I take per semester for the RN to BSN program?
Part-time students typically take 3 hours.  Full-time students typically take 6 hours.

What should I do to apply to the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program?
First, you must be a licensed RN. Please review the Accelerated RN to BSN or Accelerated RN to BSN/MNSc program information and admission requirements on the website, we recommend you read the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc page to familiarize yourself with the admission and prerequisite requirements. If you need your transcripts to be reviewed to make sure you have met all prerequisites, please email, mail, or upload unofficial transcripts to conadmissions@uams.edu.

What if I have met all prerequisite courses?
Applications are available on RN to BSN Process page.  Please make sure to read the IMPORTANT section and REMEMBER section. If you have specific questions about the admissions process, you can reach the Student Services Office at (501) 686-5224.

What are the deadlines to apply?
The online program admits students for Spring, Summer, and Fall, with the deadlines as follows:

RN-BSN Application Deadlines

  • Materials due – March 1 for summer admission (May start)
  • Materials due – June 1 for the fall session (August start)
  • Materials due – November 1 for spring session (January start)

Do online courses cost more than traditional courses?
No, there is no additional fee for online courses for the RN to BSN program. Tuition and fee cost information can be found here.

How can I find out more information about taking online courses in the Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc program?
Please note, UAMS does not provide individual/stand-alone courses to those not admitted to one of our degree programs. For questions about our programs please contact the Student Services Office at (501) 686-5224 or by email at conadmissions@uams.edu.

Are all classes online? When would I have to come to UAMS?
Yes, RN-BSN classes are online and do not require on-campus attendance. Some masters (MNSc) courses are hybrid which will require the student to have online and face-to-face courses.

Would my working hours count as my clinical time during the semesters?
Work hours cannot count as clinical practicum hours. The clinical practicum experience will be facilitated by the course faculty and preceptors.

What kind of computer will I need to take online courses?

Minimum Requirements
PC or Mac-based computers capable of running newer versions of the software
CPU Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz
Memory(RAM) 4.0 GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
Hard Drive 250 GB 7200rpm
Display 1440×900 resolution & 14.1”
Required Accessories Web Camera
Video Card Intel HD Graphics
Ethernet/Wireless Reliable Internet Connection
Operating System Windows – Home Premium/Professional/Ultra
Software Adobe Acrobat Reader
Real Player
QuickTime
MS Office

After I finish the BSN component of the RN to BSN/MNSc program, am I automatically admitted into the master’s program?
No, interested students can submit an application in their last semester of the BSN program (***please review Master programs specialties and program application dates)  Admission to the Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) program is competitive and will be ranked by the GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

Are there any financial assistance options for Accelerated RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MNSc students? 

Yes, UAMS College of Nursing has many financial assistance options available to assist you on your educational journey.

How can I learn more about the UAMS College of Nursing?
Individual advising appointments are available, call 501-686-5224 or email at conrecrutiment@uams.edu to schedule an appointment.