Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

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

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

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