Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from University of Arkansas provides the opportunity for registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills required to:

  • ​Contribute leadership to health care systems, in professional organizations, and inter-professional teams to promote quality improvement and patient safety
  • ​Design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based patient-centered care across the lifespan and the health-illness continuum
  • ​Demonstrate skill using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice
  • ​Use knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments to advocate for quality health care
  • ​Use effective professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based care to individuals, families, and communities as part of an inter-professional team
  • ​Design, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based health promotion/health protection interventions and programs
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for behaviors that reflect professional standards for moral, ethical, and legal conduct
  • ​Conduct comprehensive and focused physical, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic, and environmental assessments of health and illness using developmentally appropriate approaches

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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)


    This bachelor completion program requires 120 credits for completion, including transfer and major requirements.

    • Online nursing curriculum: 29 credits
    • Must be admitted to the university
    • Complete R.N. to B.S.N. Online Program application with supporting R.N. licensure documentation and practice experience verification
    • Complete pre-admission advising with pre-nursing academic advisor to evaluate general education requirements
    • Graduation from an NLNAC/ACEN-accredited nursing program (Graduates from non NLN-AC/ACEN-accredited nursing programs will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis.)
    • Verification and maintenance of, unencumbered licensure to practice as a R.N. in Arkansas and/or any other state

    School Overview

    The founding of the University of Arkansas in 1871 was one of the few achievements during the state's Reconstruction era that brought former political and military rivals together. Over the course of its history, the university has continued to bring the citizens of the state together by raising educational standards, improving business and economy, and giving Arkansans a hardy mascot around which to rally. Although the university established a medical college at Little Rock during the late 19th century, its real growth in academic programs on the Fayetteville campus didn't occur until the early 20th century. A college of agriculture was created in 1905. Soon after, university officials approved a broader restructuring to create the colleges of engineering, education, and arts and science.

    Today, the University of Arkansas offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates from the following schools and colleges:

    • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
    • Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
    • J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
    • Sam M. Walton College of Business
    • College of Education and Health Professions
    • College of Engineering
    • Honors College
    • Graduate School and International Education
    • School of Law

    Online programs at all levels are offered from the University of Arkansas’s Global Campus.


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