University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) | 87% NCLEX Pass Rates

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is focused on preparing Nurses of tomorrow. With more than 600 current students, 20-plus full-time faculty members, and six dedicated staff members, UALR has proven its ability to educate the most elite nurses for nearly 50 years.

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  • 87%
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  • Accreditation acen Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, BSN, ASN/ADN, Other
  • Location Little Rock, AR
  • Telephone 1-501-569-8081
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UALR Department of Nursing Programs

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online program - RN to BSN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) - LPN to RN

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered Nurses (RN) who graduate from the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing program possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a competent nurse. They learn through a variety of settings ranging from the classroom, campus skills and simulation laboratories, to major area hospitals, outpatient facilities, and other health care facilities.

Course requirements (not all inclusive)

  1. 31 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 34 lower-level nursing credits
  2. ESL students must have TOEFL scores of 83 (internet exam), 207 (computerized exam) or 540 (paper exam)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UALR differs from others because of its ability to offer a BSN program to the first-time Freshman.  The student can graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within 4 years and have 1 year of work experience as a Registered Nurse.

Starting in year three, the student progresses from student to nurse professional.  At the completion of year three, nursing students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. Most other schools require that the student complete all four years of education before receiving eligibility to sit for NCLEX.

Instead of delaying the nurse his or her working clinical time as an RN, students at UALR use their last year as a building block year with nursing courses covering topics of leadership, research, ethics, economics, and wellness promotion.

Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

The online RN to BSN program is ideal for the working nurse who has completed an Associate of Science in Nursing degree program.  The BSN courses cover areas of health assessment, wellness promotion, economics, research, legalities, leadership and advocacy.  Courses are usually completed between one and 1 1/2 years.

Side note about courses

  1. Three of the nursing courses include an integrated practice project (IPP). Projects and presentations are the focus of IPP Courses. Time utilized for development and implementation of assignments are considered IPP hours.
  2. You cannot use your regularly scheduled working hours to complete IPP hours.

"Why should I choose UALR for my BSN?"

  1. UALR offers you the opportunity to complete the program either full or part-time, while still working.
  2. Our courses have been designed with you in mind ... no nonsense courses. The courses pertain to nursing, keeping you interested in the trends of healthcare.
  3. The online format lets the nurse work on his or her unique time schedule.
  4. You will find faculty accessible and always available to help you, so you will never feel alone.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse - LPN to RN

The UALR Department of Nursing Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse degree is designed for LPN-prepared nurses to become licensed as RNs. It is a one year (three terms) curriculum and will prepare students to sit for the NCLEX. Upon completion of spring coursework you will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.  After successfully passing the NCLEX, the nurse will be able to seek licensure as a Registered Nurse in their respective state(s).

Requirements for Admission (not all inclusive)

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who is not a recent graduate of an approved LPN program and has not worked more than 1000 hours as an LPN in the last 2 years, is required to complete the Elsevier HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam.


The UALR Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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    May 2, '17, 12:01 am by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: RN-to-BSN, Other
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    I completed both my ASN and BSN at UALR. The experience for both was positive overall. The ASN curriculum is tough, but fair. Classes are 8 weeks in length, and you take one class at a time, which helps keep workloads manageable. Tests are all computerized and in NCLEX format. The teachers in the ASN program are very supportive and want you to succeed. Clinical experiences are helpful in preparing for bedside nursing. The BSN program is all online, after you have completed the ASN program and are licensed. Classes are again 8 weeks, no tests are required, mostly projects, papers, and discussion posts. The professors were overall friendly with the notable exception of every professor who taught the Evidence-Based Practice course - pretty much all of my peer group had negative experiences of the instructors for that course. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking a quality education.

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  2. Anonymous
    Apr 15, '17, 3:11 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    Choosing UALR was the best decision for me.

    About The Staff

    The faculty at in the nursing department are what made this journey enjoyable, yet challenging. They are all caring and willing to help.

    Things To Know

    I chose University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) because of the flexibility they offer. I mainly chose it so I could receive my RN first, then transition over to online courses for the following year to complete my BSN. I did this so I could work as an RN for a year while completing my BSN and apply to graduate schools directly after receiving my BSN.

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