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Credit Hours

2 to 3

≈ Years to Complete

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Accepting Qualified Students

Priority Deadlines
Spring 2021 November 1
Fall 2021 June 15

The application process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. Completed application includes the submission of all transcripts, forms and application fees.


Estimated Cost

Tuition / credit hour $298.22
Fee / credit hour  
Library $2.91
Network & Data Systems $10.78
Off-Campus $30
Clinical Practicum $145 x 15
ATI Resource $310 x 4

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2020 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

The field of nursing is changing. Are you ready?

Research published by Health Affairs in 2019 show hospitals with more nurses who earned BSNs produce better outcomes for patients after cardiac arrest. This program can help registered LPN’s advance your career and stay competitive in the job market.

Professional nursing begins with a bachelor’s degree because it provides a theoretical and practical foundation needed to improve acute and chronic patient care. Learn key nursing concepts to address health care needs in diverse settings, including hospitals, schools, clinical offices, and other environments.


What is the Benefit of Earning a BSN?

  • Career advancement and mobility
  • Increased earning potential compared to diploma and associate nursing graduates
  • Establishes an academic foundation for graduate and/or doctoral studies
  • Strengthen analytical and clinical reasoning skills
  • Preparation for a broader scope of practice
  • Enhance understanding of social, cultural, political, and economic issues impacting the health care delivery and outcomes


Why Study at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing?

  • EMSON’s BSN program is CCNE accredited
  • Study and complete practicums in your own geographic area
  • Program advisors are dedicated to student-centered learning and excellence in nursing education
  • Program graduates have the option to have their name engraved in the U of A Senior Walk

Tinatra Carr

The L.P.N.-B.S.N. online program gives me the flexibility that I need so that I can work to provide for my family and work on getting my bachelor's degree on my own time. I hope that earning a bachelor's degree in nursing will lay down the foundation in my career by helping me receive the education I need to provide excellent and safe quality care to patients."

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Tinatra Carr
L.P.N. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Fayetteville, AR

48 credit hours of courses listed below to be completed prior to taking nursing courses, most of which are offered online:

  • English Composition I & II - 6 hours
  • Fine Arts - 3 hours
  • Humanities - 3 hours
  • U.S. History or U.S. Government - 3 hours
  • Math (college algebra or higher) - 3 hours
  • Social Sciences - 9 hours
  • Human Anatomy with lab - 4 hours
  • Human Physiology with lab - 4 hours
  • Chemistry with lab - 4 hours
  • Microbiology with lab - 4 hours
  • Statistics - 3 hours
  • Electives - 2 hours

You can also transfer some or all of your prerequisite courses from another regionally accredited institution like a community college. You can see how courses taken at another institution would transfer to the U of A using our Transfer Planning Guide.

  • Flexible degree plans offering full-time and part-time enrollment
  • Most classes are taught in 8-week terms
  • To apply for the program you must:
    • Be a Licensed Practicing Nurse
    • Have 2,000 hours of work experience at the LPN-license level in the last 12-24 months
    • Reside in a state in which the state board has approved the program
      (see current list in the State Authorization section at the bottom of this page)
  • All admissions are processed initially at the University level.  Once admitted, if all 48 credit hours of prerequisites have been met, the student will then be evaluated by the nursing department for admission to the nursing program.  The majority of required prerequisites are available in an online format.
  • Some qualifying students can apply for an application fee waiver.

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You are eligible to be admitted to the LPN to BSN program if you are a Licensed Practicing Nurse and have 2000 hours of work experience at the LPN-license level in the last 12 to 24 months and otherwise meet the University of Arkansas undergraduate admission criteria. Applicants with at least 24 credit hours of transferable college credit need a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all college coursework for admission. Learn more about applying to the University of Arkansas as a transfer student at:

The University of Arkansas Global Campus offers the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship each fall semester for students in undergraduate and graduate online degree programs.

For general scholarship information...


All students enrolled in one of our fully online degree programs pay in-state tuition with minimal fees, regardless of residency. View the estimated expenses for the LPN to BSN program.

Yes, nursing programs at the University of Arkansas are accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, programs at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Most online nursing courses are provided in 8-week sessions. Nursing practicums are delivered over 16-week sessions during the typical semester and 10-week sessions over the summer. General education (Math, Science, History, etc) are typically taught in 16 week sessions. Shorter options may be available during intersession/summer terms. Students login to an online learning management system and can navigate to their coursework. Faculty members post videos, readings, discussion questions, and assignments in the online classroom, generally framed in weekly "chunks". Students can complete the required assignments and interact with other students and the faculty member throughout the week during times that are convenient to them, being aware of assignment deadlines. Students do not have to login at designated time to view "live" lectures., but there are usually specific tasks and assignments each week. Practicum courses do require synchronous (live) online clinical conferences. Course faculty provide some flexibility in time/day options for those meetings.

The course has designated topics and course dates/schedules, reflecting adult learning principles. Where students have opportunities to complete assignments and discussions that are posted in the online environment, a key component is collaboration and discussion. Courses cannot be completed sooner than the specified week number format; the program does not reflect a "at your own pace" model.

Yes, each individual state board of nursing regulates out-of-state nursing education programs differently.

Please view the State Authorization section on this page.


If your state is currently not an approved location, please check back in the future for eligibility as we are actively pursuing approval in additional states.

The LPN to RN/BSN degree includes seven courses that have a clinical component. The first clinical course is done remotely with a faculty member. The remaining six clinical courses include online didactic education and clinical hours conducted at an approved clinical site in your local area. Each clinical course has a required number of clinical hours ranging from 75 to 112.5 hours per course, adding up to approximately 500 clinical hours over the course of the degree. The first semester of the program does not include clinical hours in your local area; clinicals at a local site can begin in the second semester of the program, depending on your course progression.

Nursing students take the lead in finding clinical sites and preceptors for each of the clinical courses. Our nursing faculty and staff will support students by communicating the required clinical setting type, providing suggestions for clinical site locations, and utilizing our growing network of clinical site agreements to assist students in finding locations. Students will submit clinical sites and preceptor requests to the nursing school, who will then create the clinical site agreement and verify preceptor eligibility.

The program can be completed in as little as two years if a student enters with all prerequisites and studies full-time in spring, summer, and fall semesters. Most students entering the program are working adults and need to complete some prerequisites in addition to the required Nursing courses. The program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of of working adults, so students may take varying credits per semester with the goal to complete the program in about 3 years.

If a student is entering with a need to complete more than 24 hours of prerequisite courses, it may take more than three years to complete the program. The program length will vary based on student course load and course availability.

No, there is not an entrance exam. Admissions requirements include a current, unencumbered LPN license and 2,000 hours of LPN-level experience within the last two years, and perquisite coursework.

The LPN-BSN program prefers that you have all the required prerequisite courses completed prior to enrolling in nursing program courses. Students may choose to take their missing prerequisites locally. Completing prerequisites at a community college may save you time and money in completing your degree. If you are not able to complete your prerequisites at a community college and otherwise meet the admissions criteria (reside in a state board approved state, practicing LPN with at least 2000 hours of work experience in the last 12-24 months), you can apply to the U of A and take most of the prerequisites online through the University of Arkansas. All new LPN-BSN students are admitted as pre-nursing students until evaluated by the advisor. Prerequisite courses must be completed at the beginning of the program of study and before you are able to enroll in most Nursing classes. It will take most students entering needing more than 12 hours of prerequisite courses at least three years to complete the LPN-BSN program.

We have 2 free online tools to help prospective students see what credits could transfer from their previous colleges to the U of A. They are the Transfer Planning and Course Equivalency Guides. Please note, not all schools are listed in these guides. If you don't see your previous college listed, courses may still transfer if your previous college was regionally accredited.

  • With the Transfer Planning Guide you can select the college you previously attended, enter your anticipated major at the U of A, and see a list of courses that could transfer into that degree program. Tip: please select “Expand All Matches” on the results page to show all of the courses.
  • The Course Equivalency Guide provides the most comprehensive list of all classes that could transfer from your previous college to the U of A. 

You show that you have worked at least 2,000 hours on the LPN level in that last 24 months by filling out a Verification of Employment form. Once you complete an application for admission, a link to the Verification of Employment form becomes available in your application center. This is the form that you will download, print off, and have your employer fill out. You can upload the completed form back into your Application Center. You can use as many Verification of Employment forms as needed to prove the 2,000 hours of practice, but please only include work you have done as an LPN, not general work history.

After you submit an application for admission, you can track the status of your application at any time by logging into your New Student Center. You can see if any items are still needed to complete your application on the checklist in this center.

Once you have submitted all the necessary application materials, your application will be evaluated by the U of A Admissions Office. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made regarding your application for admission. Upon initial admission all LPN-BSN students are considered Pre-Nursing students. Once the advisor has evaluated your transfer credits and you have completed all prerequisite courses, you will then be evaluated for admission to the nursing program. Being admitted to the UA does not guarantee nursing program acceptance.

There are 48 hours of common courses to be completed prior to taking nursing courses and most are offered online.

Current online course lists

For specific course information, contact:

Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

You can also transfer some or all of your prerequisite courses from another regionally accredited institution like a community college. You can see how courses taken at another institution would transfer to the U of A using our Transfer Planning Guide.

The U of A does not have a set date that it stops accepting previously completed coursework for transfer credit. If you graduated from nursing school prior to 1991, your transcript might have to be manually reviewed to see what courses would count for credit.

The nursing credits for your LPN program fall into a special category of credits where the courses are held in "escrow" and added to your transcript at the end of your program. If you have the current work experience required at the LPN level and your credits were earned from an accredited institution, those LPN program credits do not expire. You may have earned credits in other subjects while completing your LPN license (like Science or English courses). The best way to see how those credits could transfer to the U of A before you are admitted is to use our free, online Transfer Planning and Course Equivalency Guides.

  • With the Transfer Planning Guide you can select the college you previously attended, enter your anticipated major at the U of A, and see a list of courses that could transfer into that degree program. Tip: please select “Expand All Matches” on the results page to show all of the courses.
  • The Course Equivalency Guide provides the most comprehensive list of all classes that could transfer from your previous college to the U of A.

Regulation on licensure set for employment at a VA institution and provides leniency for nurses working within the VA system. Licensing regulation for employment and regulation of nursing education (working toward a new license level) are different. The residency requirement that is set for this program is based on the regulation of nursing education and regarding the ability to attain a license in a state. 

Your permanent address would still have to be in an approved state and you would have to live in approved states for the duration of their time in our program. You would have to stay in one place for the duration of full semesters in order to complete practicums (cannot move in the middle). You would also have to know far enough in advance of a move to still be able to plan future practicums, which means the student would find facilities in approved states that are willing to affiliate with the UA.



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State Authorization

The LPN to BSN program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the occupational license of Registered Nurse. Individual state boards of nursing may regulate out-of-state nursing education programs or clinical placement courses.

The University of Arkansas LPN to BSN program is approved by the following state boards of nursing to enroll students & utilize clinical placements in their states : Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Territories: Guam and American Samoa.

The program is currently not available to students residing in or wishing to complete clinical courses in the following states: Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC and West Virginia.

This degree program requires clinical or internship hours that must be completed in an approved U.S. location or U.S. military base for military personnel.