BSN Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.
- Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of "C: or higher in each course prior to fall or spring entry; prerequisite courses are the first three semesters as listed on the degree plan for a total of 43 hours.
- Students may not attempt any course more than twice and be eligible for admission into the nursing program.
NOTE: The application process for the BSN Program requires a criminal background check. Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student's program of study. RN licensure requires a state and federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to write the licensure exam to become a registered nurse (See Addendum). The criminal background check information and frequently asked questions are located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org; click on the Licensing tab.
View the degree requirements for the BSN-Nursing degree plan.
Selection is based on the following system:
- Quality Points earned for prerequisite and any additional courses on BSN degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes.) - 60%
- Cumulative GPA - 40%
NOTE: In the event that applicants have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with highest cumulative GPA. The top applicants will be offered positions for the available seats in the BSN program. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission or taking courses on the BSN degree plan does not guarantee admission into the program. Students not admitted must reapply to be considered for another semester. Students identified as alternates are not guaranteed a position in the next class.
Student Health Statement/Medical Release
Students accepted into any of the College of Health Sciences programs will be required to provide documentation of good physical and mental health by completing the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form. Documentation of all health problems and a medical release is required. Copies of immunization records and valid CPR certification must be submitted. No student will be allowed to attend a clinical rotation without the required health data records.
You may access the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form below:
Students admitted into the BSN Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall or spring entry:
- Health Care Provider Statement/Medical Release form.
- Proof of immunizations (Submitted through CertifiedProfile.com).
- CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
- Criminal Background Check
- Drug Screen
Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student's program of study.
Science courses taken more than five years prior to entering the program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Executive Director of the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. See your advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.
The BSN Program is competency based in skills and theory. A student must demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance, 100 percent mastery on all Competency Performance Evaluations (CPE), and maintain a minimum average cumulative score of 77 percent on Competency Performance Assessments (CPA) including the final CPA for each course.
A student dropped for academic or any other reason may apply for readmission if in compliance with the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Student Academic Progress Policy as outlined in the course catalog. A student who discontinues the nursing sequence for academic or any other reason must petition for readmission to the BSN Program. The readmission requirements are found in the BSN Student Handbook (see the Readmission Criteria & Procedure Policy). The student is not guaranteed a position for readmission. A student who is readmitted is accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
A grade of “C” or better is required in ALL courses applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
To earn a BSN degree, a student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses applicable to the BSN Program; earn a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA in all course work required for the major and/or minor areas; and earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all work attempted at the University. The student must meet with the Advising Coordinator to complete the graduation application one year prior to intended graduation.
After being granted the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).
NOTE: RN licensure requires a state and federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to write the licensure exam to become a registered nurse (See Addendum).