Nursing – Traditional

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The application deadline for the Nursing-Traditional program has been extended to May 15th for Fall 2024 entry, with a file completion deadline of June 1st. All materials must be submitted by June 1st.

Nurses provide and direct others in the provision of nursing care to patients in inpatient, outpatient, clinic and community healthcare settings. Nurses work closely with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

Fast Facts

  • The School of Nursing was the first program at BHCLR with five graduates in 1921
  • The Traditional Track accepts two cohorts each year, a January start and a July start
  • Most instructional weeks are four days per week
  • The admissions selection review begins upon receipt of all required items
The application deadline for a January start is November 1, with a file completion deadline of November 15. The application deadline for a July start is May 1, with a file completion deadline of May 15. The BHCLR Schools of Nursing operate 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.

ABHES and ASBN Nursing Outcomes

Traditional Track (AAS)

The Traditional Track begins twice a year and offers two options depending on the applicant’s college experience, particularly in the sciences.

  • Traditional Track: Enter directly into the three semester nursing program with seven of the nine required general education courses which must include Comp I, Comp II, College Algebra, and all four required sciences with lab. (3 Semesters)
  • Traditional Track plus Gen Ed Prep: Enter the program as a general education prep student with four of the nine general education courses which must include Comp I, College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I and one additional required science course with lab. (4 Semesters)

Required College Courses for the Traditional Track (AAS)

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. Please be sure to select UA-PTC as the “transfer to” institution. All required college courses must be completed with a C or better.

The nine (9) Required General Education Courses are:

ENGL 1013 English Composition I
ENGL 1023 English Composition II
MATH 1103 College Algebra
SOCI 1013 Sociology
PSYC 1103 Psychology
BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 2414 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
BIOL 2004 Microbiology with Lab
CHEM 1214 or 1414 Chemistry with Lab

BHCLR RN Traditional Nursing Course Curriculum

Semester 1 (Freshman) Adult Nursing I (10 credit hours)
Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
Semester 2 (Sophomore I) Adult Nursing II (7 credit hours)
Mental Health (4 credit hours)
Women’s Health (4 credit hours)
Semester 3 (Sophomore II) Adult Nursing III (7 credit hours)
Children’s Health (4 credit hours)
Synthesis of Nursing Concepts (1 credit hour)

Application Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for the Traditional Track. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants are ranked based on overall academic history. It is the applicant’s responsibility to turn in all required items for the program application process. Any additional requirements will be listed on your MYBHCLR Portal.

  • 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.

July 2023 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.


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.

Selection of students is based on a comprehensive review and ranking of the applicant’s overall academic history. Factors evaluated include entrance exam scores, grades earned 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

For All Arkansas colleges, please refer to the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) for transferability. Please be sure to select the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College as the “transfer to” institution. If you do not find your private institution listed or if your courses are from an out of state college, please email Stacey Sides at for further assistance.

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