Admission Requirements

Important notice: EMSON admissions criteria is changing for applicants in spring 2025. Updated information will follow.

The pre-licensure program application for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accepted between the following dates:

  • Fall applications: Oct. 1 - Oct. 15 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Spring Applications: March 1 - March 15 (11:59 p.m.)

Applications (online)

Applications are reviewed for admissions to the program for the following academic semester. For example, if you apply Oct. 1, 2023, you are being considered for admissions in the term that begins with the Spring 2024 semester. The program accepts only online applications.

Other forms are found at B.S.N. Applications, Forms and Resources.


Thank you for your interest in professional nursing education. Please review the general information section, complete all items on the checklist, and submit the application.

Applications will be accepted online Oct. 1 - Oct. 15 for spring admission or March 1 - March 15 for fall admission.

General Information

admission requirements

Transcripts and transcript credit reports must be submitted before Jan. 1 for spring admission and May 15 for fall admission. Admission is competitive; an overall minimum grade-point average of 3.00 and sophomore standing is required to enroll in pre-nursing courses.

All prerequisite coursework for fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing should be completed by the end of the same fall semester.

All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the same spring semester. Students who are accepted into the nursing program must maintain a grade of C or above in all courses.

Checklist

  • Apply for admission to the University of Arkansas. The address is Silas Hunt Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or you may apply online for university admission.
  • Review pre-nursing courses with your advisor.
  • Review degree audit with your advisor.
  • Apply for admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing B.S.N. Program. Applications are to be submitted electronically only. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • Please carefully read the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s criminal background check information at ACA 17-3-102 and ACA 17-87-312 (PDFs).
  • For fall semester EMSON admissions, transcripts must be submitted and processed by the Registrar's Office by May 15. No late summer intersession can be applied to the upcoming fall applicants.
  • For spring semester EMSON admissions, you must notify your advisor if you are taking a winter intersession course after the application deadline (Oct. 1 – Oct. 15). All transcripts have to be submitted and processed by Jan. 1.
  • Request that official transcripts from each higher education institution you attended be sent to the University of Arkansas, Office of the Registrar, Silas Hunt Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
  • If transferring from another nursing program, you must complete the above listed admission requirements. In addition, you must provide the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing with a letter from the nursing program that you are eligible to return to that program and are in good standing and with syllabi from all nursing courses that you have completed.

If you have questions concerning the process, please call the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at 479-575-3904.

Admission

Students interested in nursing will be admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors. Admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing requires a separate, multistep application process in alignment with the student's catalog year.

Candidates will be evaluated with the Casper assessment tool. It is up to each student to be aware of the Casper testing dates and to sign up for a valid test date for their admissions cycle.

In line with the university and the College of Education and Health Professions initiatives, as well as the philosophy of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, this holistic admission process is utilized to enhance a diverse academic experience for all students and results in additional expertise in providing care to an increasingly diverse patient population. Admission is competitive: Not all students who meet the minimum requirements will get in.

All prerequisite coursework for a fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing must be completed by the end of fall semester. All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the same spring semester. Students who are accepted into the nursing program must maintain a C or higher in all coursework.

Pre-licensure B.S.N. Application Cycles

Application Period U of A Transcript Deadline EMSON Admission Expected Decision
Fall: Oct.1 - Oct. 15 Jan. 1 Late January
Spring: March 1 - March 15 May 15 Early July

Please note it is the student's responsibility to check email outside of regular semesters to receive their decision letter and turn their intent in by the deadline given.

FAQs for Prospective Transfer Students

The link to the online application (spring: March 1-15, fall: Oct. 1-15)