Nurses provide and direct others in the provision of nursing care to patients in acute care settings and a variety of other healthcare agencies. Nurses work closely with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.
The Accelerated Track is a one year program for LPNs and Certified Paramedics. The Accelerated Track coordinates with Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Fayetteville so that graduates from our program can seamlessly complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
- The School of Nursing was the first program at BHCLR with five graduates in 1921
- The Accelerated Track accepts one cohort each year with a January start
- The Accelerated Track admissions review cycle is October 1-December 1
- The Accelerated Track is a 4 day per week program (usually Tuesday through Friday) with some content offered online
The Accelerated Track is designed for students who hold an unencumbered LPN license or are Arkansas Certified Paramedics. Accelerated applicants must have completed a minimum four of the nine required college courses to be eligible to enter the Accelerated Track. Applicants who have completed a majority or all of the required college courses are preferred.
Applicants who need to complete general education courses have the opportunity to complete those courses during the program of study. The general education course(s) are offered through University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) and are located on the BHCLR campus.
Selection of students is based on a competitive review of the applicant’s entrance exam scores, GPA in required science courses, number of required college courses completed at the time of application and academic history in collegiate and nursing study.
Applicants must hold an unencumbered LPN license or be an Arkansas Certified Paramedic. Paramedics must also achieve a C or above on the Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Examination.
Four college courses are required to begin the program of study. These courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application.
- Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab and an additional required Science with Lab (8 credit hours)
- English Composition I (3 credit hours)
- College Algebra (3 credit hours)
Five college courses are required to progress through the program of study which are listed below. These courses may be completed during the program but it is preferred that the courses are completed at the time of application.
- Chemistry with Laboratory (4 credit hours)
- Microbiology with Laboratory (4 credit hours)
- English Composition II (3 credit hours)
- Sociology (3 credit hours)
- Psychology (3 credit hours)
All college courses must be completed with a C or above. Applicants needing general education are referred to UA-PTC. All applicants must also be a high school graduate / GED. Official transcripts are required from all attended institutions.
Applicants are reviewed in an admissions review cycle and are encouraged to complete files early in the review cycle. For January entry, the admissions review cycle is October 1 – December 1.
Below are the minimum requirements for the Accelerated Track. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants are ranked based on overall academic history. It is the applicants responsibility to turn in all required items for the program application process. Any additional requirements will be listed on your MYBHCLR account.
- Completed online application
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED and submit official high school or GED transcript.
- Must submit Official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions.
- The ATI TEAS Entrance Exam is required with a 50% minimum and 55% preferred composite score on the exam.
Required College Courses for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing
The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) is a postsecondary education resource service that provides comparable course information to facilitate student transfer within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Where available, ACTS course numbers are included. See Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) transfer student information for more information.
|General Education for the AAS||Credit Hours|
|ENGL 1013||English Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1023||English Composition II||3|
|MATH 1103||College Algebra||3|
|BIOL 2404||Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab||4|
|BIOL 2414||Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab||4|
|BIOL 2004||Microbiology with Lab||4|
|CHEM 1214 or 1414||Chemistry with Lab||4|
|TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS||31|
There is no minimum GPA requirement. Applicants are required to have a C or better in all required courses and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria, including GPA.
Selection of students is based on a comprehensive review and ranking of the applicant’s overall academic history. Factors evaluated include entrance exam scores, GPA in required courses, academic history in collegiate study and performance in other nursing programs.
The ATI TEAS is a required test for applying to the Nursing program. The ATI TEAS measures basic essential skills in the Academic content domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
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