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Registered Nursing - Traditional Track, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Registered Nursing

Registered nurses provide and direct others in the provision of nursing care to patients in acute care settings and a variety of other healthcare agencies. RNs work closely with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

Fun Facts

  • The School of Nursing was the first program at BHCLR with five graduates in 1921.
  • The RN Traditional Track accepts two cohorts each year, a January start and a July start.
  • Most instructional weeks are four days per week.
  • For January entry, the admissions review cycle is October 1-December 1.
  • For July entry, the admissions review cycle is April 1-June 1.
  • RN 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. For January entry, the admissions review cycle is October 1st through the December 1st deadline and for July entry, the admissions review cycle is April 1st through the June 1st deadline.

  • 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.
  • 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 science course with lab.
  • Required College Courses for the RN 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 course must be completed with a C or better.

    The nine (9) Required General Education Courses are:                                                                                                    

  • ENGL1013
  • English Composition I
  • ENGL1023
  • English Composition II
  • MATH 1103
  • College Algebra
  • SOCI 1013
  • Sociology
  • PYSC 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

    Application Requirements for 2019

    Below are the minimum requirements for the RN 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 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 .
    • For January 2019 entry, ACT is required with a 16 minimum in all subsets and 19 composite preferred.
    • For July 2019 entry, the ATI TEAS Entrance Exam is required with a 58% or higher preferred in all sections (Reading, Math, Science and English).


    What is the minimum GPA requirement for acceptance?

    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.

    What do I need to be selected / accepted?

    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.

    How do I apply?

    Click here to apply now!

    How do I schedule a visit to BHCLR?

    Click Schedule a Visit to BHCLR

    Does BHCLR accept AP and/or CLEP credit?

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

    How do I find out more about the partnership with UA-PTC?

    Please see UA-PTC for more information.

    How much does the Registered Nursing Program cost?

    Please download the Nursing cost plan for estimated costs.

    Who is my nursing admissions advisor/counselor?

    Nursing admissions is divided by first letter of your last name:

    A-G Stacey Sides
    Nursing Admissions

    H-P Robin Shepherd
    Nursing Admissions

    Q-Z Veronica Edwards
    Nursing Admissions