Which Nursing Schools Are in Arkansas?

Find out which Arkansas schools offer nursing degree programs. See admissions requirements, prerequisites, and school information for a nursing degree in Arkansas. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Check out four schools in Arkansas with graduate and undergraduate degrees in nursing fields.

What You Need to Know

If you're working as a licensed practical nurse, you could enroll in an associate's program that builds on your existing skills and prepares you to take the registered nursing examination. This program takes about three semesters to complete.

If you don't have a nursing background, you could enroll in a 2-year associate's program. This program requires general education and nursing courses, and you'll be eligible for the registered nursing examination when you complete it.

Bachelor's degree programs are also available for aspiring nurses. Some build on your associate's degree in the field and take two years to complete, while others are full 4-year programs intended for those with no prior experience in the field.

Master's programs in nursing could prepare you to work as a nurse practitioner, nursing educator or nursing leader. The time required to earn a master's degree depends on your focus and background. Several nurse practitioner specialties are available.

Nursing Associate's Degree Programs in Arkansas

Arkansas State University - Main Campus

You'll take general education courses required for an associate's degree and then complete your nursing education through classroom work, labs and a practicum. Your training will include clinical experiences in area health care facilities and courses on various types of nursing, including mother/child care, mental health nursing and medical/surgical nursing.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: Licensed practical nurse (LPN) to RN
  • Program Length: 3 semesters, full time (after admission to nursing school)
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,607 per year for in-state; $15,297 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy and physiology with labs, algebra, English composition, psychology, basic computer use and health assessments
  • Admissions Requirements: Health education admissions exam, 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in all college courses, Arkansas practical nurse license, 1,000 hours of LPN experience (if it's been more than 12 months since you completed LPN training), criminal background check, immunizations
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,709 students (9,350 undergraduates)

Southern Arkansas University - Main Campus

Offered through the Nursing Department of the College of Science and Technology, the nursing program includes 34 hours of general education courses and 34 hours of nursing courses. Your nursing coursework will include maternal/newborn nursing, mental health nursing, pediatric nursing and general medical/surgical nursing. You'll complete clinical experience requirements at community hospitals and health care facilities. If you're an LPN, you can choose the LPN to RN track, which takes three semesters to complete.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 2 years, full time
  • Tuition: $8,786 per year for in-state; $12,866 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology with labs, psychology, algebra, English composition, sociology
  • Admissions Requirements: Health education admission exam, 2.5 GPA in nursing support courses, immunizations
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 4,472 students (3,543 undergraduates)

Nursing Bachelor's Degree Programs in Arkansas

Arkansas State University - Main Campus

In this BSN program, you'll learn the fundamentals of patient care and nursing theory while acquiring a liberal arts education. Through classroom courses, labs and clinical experience, you'll gain the skills you'll need to succeed as an RN and the leadership and management abilities for career advancement or further education. In addition to the traditional BSN program, Arkansas State's College of Nursing and Health Professions offers BSN paths for LPNs and RNs who hold diplomas or associate's degrees. There's also an accelerated BSN option for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Program Length: 4 years, full time
  • Specializations: Traditional BSN, 2nd degree accelerated option, LPN-BSN, RN-BSN
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,607 per year for in-state; $15,297 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: English composition, college algebra or math, anatomy or microbiology or chemistry and labs
  • Admissions Requirements: Health education admission exam, at least 30 credit hours with 2.8 GPA
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,709 students (9,350 undergraduates)

University of Arkansas

To enter the nursing program, you must apply to the nursing school after completing general education courses. You'll take courses in nursing concepts, communication and health assessment, and you'll gain clinical experience at area health care facilities. The University of Arkansas also offers an online RN to BSN program for RNs with an associate's degree or diploma. If you're an LPN who wants to become an RN, you can complete your degree in an accelerated on-campus program.

  • Program Name: BSN
  • Program Length: 4 years, full time (if you don't have an associate's degree); 1 year, full time (if you have an associate's degree)
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,130 per year for in-state; $25,168 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Associate's degree in nursing and RN license (for RN to BSN students); completion of LPN program (for LPN to BSN students); courses in physiology, statistics, microbiology, nursing informatics, therapeutic communication
  • Admissions Requirements: 3.0 GPA, criminal background check, drug screening, immunizations, health insurance
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 27,778 students (23,386 undergraduates)

Nursing Master's Degree Programs in Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas

You have many options for specialization in the MSN program at the University of Central Arkansas. The NP programs focus on preventing and treating illness in either adults or patients of all ages, while the CNL program prepares you to improve health care quality in any setting and with any patient population. If you choose the NE option, you must decide if you want to concentrate on higher education, staff education or patient education. You can also select a focus in family/community, geriatrics, mother/baby/women's health, adult health, pediatrics or mental health. You can earn an NE certificate with any MSN track. While courses in the MSN program are all online, you will need to visit the Conway campus periodically and complete clinical requirements at nursing facilities.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Specializations: Adult nurse practitioner (ANP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), nurse educator (NE), clinical nurse leader (CNL)
  • Program Length: Varies depending on program and plan of study
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,238 per year for in-state; $11,045? per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: BSN
  • Admissions Requirements: RN license, 2.7 overall GPA or 3.0 on last 60 hours of earned credit, 1 year RN experience, criminal background check, essay, Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores, 3 references
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 11,177 students (1,752 graduate students)

University of Arkansas

The master's degree program at the University of Arkansas accommodates working nurses by offering both specialization options online. In the CNS program, you'll have to complete 500 hours of practice in a clinical setting, which can be near your home. In the NE program, you'll take courses including health education for diverse populations and curriculum evaluation. In both programs, you must complete a thesis or research project as well as a comprehensive written exam.

  • Program Name: MSN
  • Specializations: Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in adult health, nurse educator (NE)
  • Program Length: 2 years and 1 summer, full time (for CNS specialization); 4 semesters and one summer, full time (for NE specialization)
  • Tuition: $8,612 per year for in-state; $21,526? per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: BSN, health assessment course, basic statistics course
  • Admissions Requirements: RN license, basic computer skills
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 27,778 students (4,392 graduate students)

Four schools in Arkansas offer nursing degrees, including Arkansas State University - Main Campus (associate's and bachelor's), Southern Arkansas University - Main Campus (associate's), the University of Central Arkansas (master's), and the University of Arkansas (bachelor's and master's).

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