Program Overview

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

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    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

    School Overview

    Established as a junior college in 1928, University of Arkansas in Fort Worth expanded in size and vision over the years, finally taking on its current name and identity as a premier regional university when it joined the University of Arkansas System in 2002. The mission of UAFS is “to prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.”

    UAFS offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Applied Science and Technology
    • College of Business
    • College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences
    • School of Graduate Studies
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • School of Education

    Online courses are available inside every college through the Distance Learning department.


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