FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (News release) – Licensed practical nurses can now apply for an online program to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing at the University of Arkansas.
Classes start Aug. 26, and students can apply through the website page for the L.P.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
In 2015, the Institute of Medicine recommended that 80 percent of nurses in the United States hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020. The U of A’s new online L.P.N. to B.S.N. program will help students meet that industry expectation, stay competitive in the job market and increase earning potential.
“In order to face the challenges of an aging population, a dynamic health care environment and a pending nursing shortage, the B.S.N. degree is becoming the new standard for registered nurses,” said Susan Patton, director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. “Our B.S.N. programs are comprehensive and offer knowledge that can be applied in all health care settings such as critical care, primary care, public health and mental health.”
The program was created to meet the needs of working licensed practical nurses who require a flexible option to finish their degrees. The required clinicals can be taken in the student’s geographical area, so travel to campus is not necessary.
“We offer a flexible curricular pathway that builds on your training and experience and allows you to transition into registered nursing while continuing to work in your current practical nursing job,” said Patton. “We provide foundational studies in evidence-based care and nursing theory essential for students who plan to continue to obtain advance practice degrees.”
Courses are offered in 8-week sessions, and students can apply for the program each fall or spring.
To apply for the program, students must be a licensed practical nurse with at least 2,000 hours of work experience at the L.P.N. level in the last 12-24 months. Additionally, 48 hours of prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum 2.8 GPA before applying.
The program is offered by the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
For more information, contact the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at 479-575-6640 or at OnlineRN@uark.edu.