Nurses in Arkansas are realizing there's a real benefit to furthering their nursing education. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is allowing nurses in the state to pursue a wider variety of nursing jobs, as well as earn a higher salary. Fortunately, more and more schools in the state are offering an RN to BSN program to fill this need, making it easier than ever for busy working RNs to advance in their careers.

Admissions Requirements for Arkansas RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN programs, while becoming more common, can have strict entrance requirements. Below are some of the common requirements needed to be admitted into a program in the state:

  • Currently be a licensed registered nurse
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Have graduated from an ACEN-accredited associate degree or diploma program

RN to BSN Classes & Courses

Students in an RN to BSN program can expect to take classes that build upon their prior nursing knowledge. Some of the courses offered in the RN to BSN program at Arkansas Tech University include:

  • NURN 4002: Nursing Informatics
  • NURN 4003: Scope of Professional Practice
  • NURN 4013: Laws, Ethics, and Issues in Professional Nursing Practice
  • NURN 4024: Community Health Nursing

Online RN to BSN Programs in Arkansas

Many schools offer an online RN to BSN program to cater to the schedules of working registered nurses. These courses offer maximum flexibility, and are typically offered year-round. This makes it especially convenient for students with busy schedules and lives.

Featured Online School

The University of Arkansas offers an online RN to BSN program that can be completed in as little as 3 semesters. This program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, requires 29 nursing-specific credit hours along with one project-based practicum that can be completed in the student's geographic region. This program prepares students for a broader scope of practice, while establishing the academic foundation to continue on with a master's degree or doctoral studies, if desired.

Admissions and Program Length

For most RN to BSN programs, students are expected to complete a certain amount of prerequisite general education hours along with roughly 25-30 nursing credit hours. This will take most students between 12 and 18 months to complete, depending on the school and how many prerequisite credits a student needs. Start times are also usually flexible, with some schools offering up to 5 program start times throughout the year, and others starting at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Costs and fees will definitely vary from program to program, but there are many affordable options in the state. For example, tuition for the RN to BSN program at the University of Arkansas is estimated at $283.85 per credit hour. Mandatory fees include a $2.70 library fee, a $10.48 network and data systems fee, and a $30 off-campus fee.

Does an RN to BSN Increase My Salary?

Completion of a BSN program opens the door to more prestigious nursing positions, and can be a great stepping stone for RNs who want to eventually go on to grad school. The RN to BSN program is ideal for those who want to maximize advancement opportunities as well as salary opportunities.

RN to BSN Salary Comparison in Arkansas

While the Bureau of Labor Services lists the current mean hourly wage of an RN in Arkansas at $27.34, registered nurses in the state can earn anywhere from $20.10-$33.31, according to Payscale. It goes without saying that a higher level of education will push RNs in the state to the upper end of that pay range.

RN to BSN Programs

Arkansas as a state is looking to transform the number of nurses pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Nurses with a BSN in the state earn more than $3000 per year in comparison with a nurse who possesses their ADN alone. Currently, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports more than 5 state colleges offering programs to upgrade to a BSN degree. The Arkansas Action Coalition is also supporting the movement by providing leadership mentor programs to move RNs into BSN leadership roles. The time and money put into your education can pay off with higher paying opportunities and advanced job placements.

ProgramWebsite
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
Online Campus
School of Nursing
2713 Pawnee
State University, 72467
Arkansas Tech University
Online
Department of Nursing
402 West O Street
Russellville, 72801-2222
Southern Arkansas University
Online
Department of Nursing
100 E. University
Magnolia, 71753-5000
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Online
Department of Nursing
2801 S. University AvenueLittle Rock, Arkansas 72204
Little Rock, 72204
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Online
College of Nursing
4301 West Markham Street, Slot 529, Education II Building, Fifth Floor
Little Rock, 72205-7199
(501) 686-5376
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Online
The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
2 East Center Street
Fayetteville, 72701
University of Central Arkansas
Online
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, 72035-0001
(501) 450-3119