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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Details

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is designed to prepare highly competent practitioners of nursing for professional careers in a dynamic healthcare environment. It also provides educational mobility and the foundation for graduate education in nursing. Graduates of the program possess the ability to:

  • ​Use the nursing process and critical thinking to promote, maintain, and restore the health of individuals and families throughout the lifespan
  • ​Evaluate the application of research findings to support evidence-based practice
  • ​Communicate effectively using interpersonal, written, and technological strategies
  • Integrate leadership and management skills in the provision of cost-effective quality health care
  • ​Individualize culturally and ethnically sensitive health promotion strategies with individuals, families, populations, and communities in a variety of settings
  • ​Model professional role development through nursing behaviors consistent with professional standards


Degree completion requires a minimum of 120 credits, including transfer credits.

  • Online program: 30 hours
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Completion of an ACEN accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for all college course work
  • Completion of required prerequisites with grade “C” or higher
  • Have a current unencumbered RN license
  • Evidence of work experience or satisfactory completion of an RN refresher course

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)