RN TO BSN Prerequisites

General Education Prerequisite Courses

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. Beginning in the summer following the completion of the prerequisite courses, the upper division professional requirements are completed at  the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, or at the College’s off site campus in Hope, AR, located on the University of Arkansas Community College campus.

UAMS College of Nursing BSN required prerequisites

Chemistry w/Lab4 hours
Microbiology w/Lab*4 Hours
Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab*4 hours
Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab*4 hours
General Sociology3 hours
US History or American National Government3 hours
General Psychology3 hours
Development Psychology or Lifespan Development3 hours
Cultural Anthropology or History of Civilization3 hours
English Composition I*3 hours
English Composition II*3 hours
Philosophy or Ethics or Logic3 hours
College Algebra3 hours
Intro to Statistics3 hours
Nutrition3 hours
Speech or Oral Communications*3 hours
Electives6 hours
Total General Education Credits58 hours

* These courses have to be completed before applicant acceptance into the RN to BSN program.

UAMS College of Nursing BSN Prerequisites by College

Important Notes:

EFFECTIVE  JULY 1, 2013–The required chemistry course and lab requirements have changed.  Please review the chemistry course numbers prior to taking this course after the Spring 2013 semester as the required courses and labs will be updated beginning March 13, 2013.

  • A basic course in computer literacy is highly encouraged as you choose your electives. The following cannot be used as electives:
    • Remedial courses
    • Nursing courses
    • Technical courses
    • Vocational courses
    • Certificate courses
  •  A grade of “C” or better will be required for all prerequisite courses.
  • Prerequisites may be required for the courses. Check your college catalog.