Nursing – Accelerated

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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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 admissions selection review begins upon receipt of all required items
  • The Accelerated Track is a 4 day per week program (usually Tuesday through Friday) with some content offered online

ABHES and ASBN Nursing Outcomes

Accelerated Track

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. General education course(s) are offered through Geneva College – Portage division.

Admission Requirements

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 HESI EMS-ADN Entrance Exam. Testing is available to the general public via UA-Little Rock Testing Services. Information and scheduling information can be found here.

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)

All remaining courses are required to progress through the program of study and 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.

  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • 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 Geneva College – Portage division. 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. The BHCLR School of Nursing – Accelerated operates under a rolling admissions cycle and applicants are considered for admission as their files become complete. As a result, applications completed at or near the deadline are considered as space is available.

Application Requirements

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.
NOTICE: Effective 07/01/22, ATI TEAS exams must be taken in an on-campus, proctored environment. Remotely proctored exams will not be considered.

Entrance Exam Requirements

  • ATI TEAS exam scores must be no more than two (2) years old and ACT scores must be no more than ten (10) years old.
  • Effective July 1, 2022, ATI TEAS exams must be taken in an on-campus, proctored environment. Remotely proctored exams will not be considered.
  • BHCLR “superscores” the ACT by using the highest subset from each exam to calculate the composite score.

January 2024 Entry and Forward:

  • ATI TEAS – 60% minimum Composite and a 66% minimum Reading subset OR ACT – 19 minimum Composite and a 19 minimum Reading subset.

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.

Credit by Exam Information for BHCLR (CLEP, AP and PLA)

General Education for the AAS Credit Hours
ENGL 1013 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1023 English Composition II 3
MATH 1103 College Algebra 3
SOCI 1013 Sociology 3
PSYC 1103 Psychology 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


Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR) School of Nursing graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Upon successful completion of the program and verification by BHCLR to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

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 test that measures basic essential skills in the academic content domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
Please click here to access the frequently asked questions about the ATI TEAS.

Click here to apply now!

Please download the Nursing cost plan for estimated costs.

Earnings for Registered Nurses vary greatly and depend on many factors including work setting, years of experience and geographical location. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

Robin Shepherd
Nursing Admissions

Stacey Sides
Nursing Admissions

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