Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Prospective Nursing Students
Nursing offers graduates a variety of professional choices. University of Arkansas graduates are prepared for hospital, school and community settings where they manage acute and chronic patient care and promote health and wellness. Nursing specialties include geriatrics, dialysis, oncology, emergency, hospice and many others.
Nursing requires strong emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities. Students who are admitted to the program are expected to possess the following abilities and skills:
- Critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to generate hypotheses
- Strong psychomotor skills and a capacity to reason, analyze, synthesize and work independently of others
- Exceptional communication skills with patients and staff
- Exemplary social skills, a quick-thinking and empathetic nature, and the ability to maintain calm during emergency situations
The Baccalaureate Graduate
The baccalaureate graduate as a member of the discipline uses knowledge from a research base to fulfill the roles of the nurse in contemporary society as a caregiver, manager, teacher and/or researcher. On entry into practice the graduate makes clinical judgments using critical thinking and other key nursing concepts to address health care needs in diverse settings. The baccalaureate nurse works singularly or in collaboration with other health care professionals in coordinating and promoting the health of culturally diverse clients.
Applications are accepted twice each year — Oct. 1-15 and March 1-15. Admission Requirements has details.
- Pre-Licensure Nursing B.S.N. Curriculum Program Plan eight-semester grid (PDF)
- Pre-Licensure Nursing B.S.N. With Honors Curriculum Program Plan eight-semester grid (PDF)
Career Opportunities for B.S.N. Graduates
Nursing offers graduates a wide variety of professional choices. University of Arkansas graduates are prepared for hospital, school and community settings where they manage acute and chronic patient care and promote health and wellness. Nursing professionals specialize in geriatrics, dialysis, oncology, emergency, hospice and many other areas of health care.
Program Learning Outcomes
The goal of the B.S.N. program is to prepare graduates to provide culturally sensitive, evidence-based care to clients through the roles of caregiver, teacher and manager in a variety of settings.
- Contribute leadership to promote quality care and patient safety
- Integrate evolving knowledge into clinical nursing practice
- Demonstrate skill in utilizing healthcare technology and information systems
- Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments to advocate for quality health care
- Collaborate with inter-professional teams to improve healthcare outcomes
- Provide health protection and promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention to individuals, families and populations
- Demonstrate behaviors that reflect altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice
- Adapt nursing care to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan and healthcare continuum, respecting variations in populations, environments and access to care
Two Degree Options with Licensure
- The L.P.N. to B.S.N. online program provides the opportunity for a Licensed Practical Nurse with a certificate to earn a B.S.N.
- The R.N. to B.S.N. online program provides the opportunity for a Registered Nurse with an associate's degree and diploma to earn a B.S.N.