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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Nursing - BSN, BS


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MAJOR CODE: 2018

Graduates of the BSN program are prepared to provide nursing care for individuals, families, populations, and communities within a variety of healthcare settings and to use evidenced-based practice to guide nursing interventions which promote, maintain, and restore health. Admission to the program is competitive and selective. Graduates are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses(NCLEX-RN) upon successful completion of the program. Theory, laboratory, and clinical practice may be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, evening, night, and weekend hours to provide optimal learning experiences.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires criminal background checks on graduates of nursing schools and has the authority to deny application for licensure to any person who has been convicted of a crime. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing Nurse Practice Act can be viewed, in its entirety, at the ASBN website.

Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check or positive drug screen will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study.

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN). On an annual basis, the School of Nursing provides the CCNE with information regarding tuition, fees, and the length of the program. The CCNE may be contacted at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750,Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  2. Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for all college coursework (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course prior to fall or spring entry; prerequisite courses are the first three semesters as listed on the degree plan for a total of 43 hours.
  4. Students may not attempt any course more than twice and be eligible for admission to the nursing program.
  5. Science courses taken more than five years prior to program application may not be eligible.

Application

Students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for admission. Applications can be found online and must be submitted by the date as determined by the program.

Selection

Selection is based on successful completion of the admission criteria and is a highly competitive process. Those with higher GPAs may rank higher in selection. Students admitted into the BSN program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall or spring entry:

  1. Health Care Provider Statement/Medical Release form.
  2. Proof of immunizations.
  3. CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers.
  4. Criminal background check.
  5. Drug screen.

Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of the outcome of either screening will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study.

Freshman Year First Semester - 16 Hours


Freshman Year Second Semester - 16 Hours


Sophomore Year First Semester - 15 Hours


Sophomore Year Second Semester - 15 Hours


Junior Year First Semester - 15 Hours


Required admission into the BSN program

Junior Year Second Semester - 15 Hours


Senior Year First Semester - 15 Hours


120 Total Hours


At least 40 hours must be upper level

Notes

  1. General Education Core Requirements, see Graduation Requirements of this catalog. Follow requirements with these stipulations: social sciences-select one course excluding PSYC 1163 .
  2. These courses are used to determine major GPA, see Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. Student must be admitted into the program.
  3. Courses required for admission to the BSN program.Students must meet admission requirements and be officially admitted into the BSN Program.
  4. Electives, three hours. Select course that will satisfy degree requirements for a baccalaureate program. MATH 1303  or MATH 1403  are eligible to be used as elective if needed as a prerequisite for STAT 2503 .
  5. Science courses taken more than five years prior to program application may not be eligible. See advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.
  6. Courses required to be taken at UAFS the semester before admission into the BSN program, and cannot be transferred from another college or university.
  7. Prior to graduation students must demonstrate competency in financial literacy by satisfactory completion of FIN 1521  (or an approved substitution) with a grade of C or better, or by a score of 70% or more on a challenge exam for FIN 1521 .

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