LPN Application Guide

What to Expect on the Application

The application contains many parts, most of which will be completed through the New Student Center. In the portal you will have time to sign in, save, review, and then submit your official application to the University of Arkansas and EMSON. This form has several sections that we will summarize here. After you submit your application form, you will then have access to the Materials section of the Application Portal. You will receive a notification when your application is complete.

Expected time to complete admissions process is now 6 to 8 weeks from the time you submit your application, including all required materials.

  • 1Before You Apply
  • 2Main Application
  • 3Materials
  • 4Decision
  • 5FAQs

Review Program Information

  • Make sure to have read the entire FAQ on the LPN to BSN program page, with special attention paid to the State Authorization information at the bottom of the page.
  • Visit nursing.uark.edu to learn more about the program’s requirements and course progression.
  • The next available application term is Spring 2022



Self Evaluation

Consider doing a self-evaluation of your transfer credits so you can:

  1. Have an idea of where you are starting in the program.
  2. Understand what criteria you will be evaluated on as part of the admissions process.


To do this, you'll want to use a copy of your college transcripts and compare them to our Course Equivalency Guide. If we have an equivalent class for something you have previously taken, you will either receive specific course or elective credit.



Credit is typically awarded for any general education course where a C or better was earned, but the class must be listed on the prerequisites list for it to be accepted to complete these requirements.

The class must be considered a "direct equivalent" of something we offer for you to receive credit towards completing the prerequisites so something like American History to 1500 won't be accepted as our History of the American People to 1877, for example.

If you cannot locate a school on the Course Equivalency Guide, it is likely not regionally accredited and you should not expect to receive transfer credit from that institution. If you have questions about this policy, please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Online Student Liaison Office.




Now that you have an idea of how many transfer credits you are likely to receive once the Registrar’s Office has reviewed your documents, you can determine what your classification will be at the time of admission.

  • If you have fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, you will be classified as a Transfer Freshman and must have a 3.0 high school GPA, 20 ACT or the Accuplacer equivalent, and a 2.0 college GPA to be eligible for admission.

  • If you have more than 24 hours of transferable credit, you will just need a 2.0 college GPA or higher to be eligible for admission as a New Transfer.



If new information is presented to our processing team during the evaluation of your supporting documents (i.e. transcripts), your classification is subject to change and items may be added or removed from your checklist. It is very important that you check your New Student Center regularly for updates.

Login / Account

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Subject:  Application Created -University of Arkansas Admissions Application Spring/Summer/Fall

From:  University of Arkansas Admissions (uofa@uark.edu)



Personal Background

  Estimated Time of Completion: 3 minutes

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Example form fields/questions...

  • Name: (Preferred Name, Other Last Names used)

    Applicants must list ALL previous last names, maiden or married, on the application so that all transcripts can be attached to the application in a timely manner.
  • Addresses:  (Permanent Address, Mailing Address,  Email, Phone Numbers, etc.)
  • Gender Identity:  (Birthdate, Birth Place, Native Language, Citizenship, US Social Security Number)
  • Race/Ethnicity:  Colleges and universities are asked by many groups, including the federal government, accrediting associations, college guides, and newspapers, to describe the ethnic/racial backgrounds of their students and employees.



General Information

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Example form fields/questions...

  • Family Information
  • Personal Information
  • Residence



University Information

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In this section, indicate you want to study in the online LPN program.

Examples and special instructions...

  • Admission Type
    • Degree seeking
    • Have you previously applied?
    • How will you earn your degree?  select Online
    • Major:  select Nursing -LPN to BSN
  • Financial Aid / Scholarships



Academic History

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List each academic institution you have previously attended, even those where no degree was earned or from which transfer credit will not be awarded, such as non-regional schools of nursing. Please be as accurate as possible when listing an institutions names and the dates you attended, as not doing so may also delay your application process.

  • Institution Name
  • Location
  • Date start attended
  • Date attendance ended
  • Level of Study



Test Scores

  Estimated Time of Completion: 1 minute

  • Select type of test: Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, etc.
  • Test Date



Emergency Contacts

  Estimated Time of Completion: 1 minute

  • Must list one person and contact information




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  • Only the Choose File option will appear

  • Select the document you want to upload

    What should you upload? Documentation to prove that you qualify for an application fee waiver
  • Select the word Upload



Online Nursing

  Estimated Time of Completion: 15 minutes

Special instructions for this section of the application.


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  • Major
    Select Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

  • Where did you earn the degree or certificate that led to your current nursing license level?
    Type in full and complete name of your school

  • When was this certificate/degree conferred?
    Include year

  • Academic History

    Our admissions staff need to know your nursing academic history so we can review your transcripts and your letter of good standing. If you were suspended or placed on probation, this will not terminate your application with us.
  • Are you currently enrolled in a nursing program at another institution or have you previously attended another nursing program which you did not complete?

    Our admissions staff need to know your nursing academic history so we can review your transcripts and your letter of good standing.
  • Complete this section only if you are currently enrolled in a Nursing Program:
    List all courses currently enrolled in

    The above question is for the RN to BSN program. Please disregard.
  • When will you complete the program?
    Please include the year

  • Click to add courses in progress

    This question is for the RN to BSN program. Please disregard.
  • Nursing Experience

    LPN applicants must have 2000 hours before starting the nursing classes. Students may still apply to the U of A and take the prerequisites while completing their 2000 hours.
  • Residency Information

    LPN students must be a permanent resident of the state in which they work and are licensed. This is based on individual state boards of nursing requirements. Only students residing in state board approved states are eligible for the nursing program. Residency is typically defined as the state that you live, work, pay taxes, have a driver's license, nursing license, etc. Each state board regulates nursing differently, and attending an unapproved school could present problems with practicums while in school, RN licensure post-graduation, and even plans to attend graduate school.

    Relocating to another state or country after program acceptance may lead to the University’s inability to continue to provide the nursing degree program, as the program is not authorized in all states. Please notify the nursing department of any potential changes in your state residence to confirm if the program can be continued.

  • Personal Statement

    Please provide at least one paragraph to relate your situation. Our admissions team wants to understand your education history and goals. How will earning a BSN from the U of A help you achieve these goals?



Selective Service

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Important Reminder

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After you submit the application form you will receive an email:

Subject: Application Submitted - University of Arkansas Admissions Application Spring/Summer/(semester and year)

From: University of Arkansas Admissions  (uofa@uark.edu)

After you submit your application form, you will then have access to the Materials section of the Application Center.

Now that your application has been submitted, a member of our processing team will need to do an initial review of your information and update your checklist accordingly. This process may take up to 2 business days following your application being submitted so please do not have any documents sent right away.



Application Checklist

The application checklist shows you what additional materials you need to submit to complete your application. Your application is not complete until all materials are received. Your checklist should not be considered accurate until it has been reviewed by the admissions office which may take up to two business days after you submit your application.



Collegiate Transcripts

You will need to request transcripts from each collegiate institution you have previously attended, even those where no degree was earned or from which transfer credit will not be awarded, such as non-regional schools of nursing. If you see that your nursing school has been removed from your checklist, please contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.



The Registrar's Office will also not evaluate credit from one institution that is listed on another's transcript so please ensure that individual, official copies are sent.


It can take up to three weeks for the University to receive and evaluate your transcripts before your checklist will be updated to reflect that these items are on hand so please do not reach out until that 3-week threshold has passed. It is important to request your transcripts as soon as you submit your application.



If the name on your transcript is not an exact match to the names listed on your application, we may be unable to match your transcript when it is received. If you need to update previous names on your application after submission, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Office of the Registrar
141 Uptown East
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Collegiate transcripts pertaining to your undergraduate coursework transcripts should be sent to: registra@uark.edu, electronic filing service, or mail to the Registrar’s Office.



All mailed documents must come directly from the school in question and may take 7-10 days to arrive.


If your collegiate transcripts were sent electronically, you can assist us with correctly matching them to your application.

  • Please upload a copy of your confirmation receipt in your New Student Center portal and selecting your current application.
  • Scroll down to the “Upload Materials” information and click “choose file” to upload a screenshot or PDF of your confirmation receipt.
  • Select "Summary of Educational Experience" as the material type.



High School / GED Transcripts

Office of Admissions
232 Silas Hunt Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

High school or GED transcripts can be obtained by contacting the school or state you graduated from and asking them to issue the Office of Admissions an official copy of your transcript to UofA@uark.edu or by mail.

If you were classified as a Transfer Freshman, you will be asked to supply standardized test scores as part of your admission. ACT and SAT scores expire after 5 years so you may need to take the Accuplacer instead to complete this checklist requirement. Our Testing Center is offering the Accuplacer online so if you are ready to schedule your test, please visit their website and use the steps below to ensure that you are signing up for the appropriate test. Once you have completed the test, please upload your score report in your New Student Center for submission.

  • Accuplacer
  • Online Proctored Accuplacer
  • [OP] Accuplacer – Combined ($45.00)

 If you have any questions about the test, please contact Testing Services at 479-575-3948 or testing@uark.edu.



Nursing Experience Evidence

  1. Download the form from your checklist.

  2. Work with your supervisor or HR representative to complete the form. You may submit multiple forms if your experience was completed with multiple employers.

  3. Upload the form in your New Student Center, or email it to your Admissions Counselor.



Fee Waiver Documentation

To qualify for a fee waiver, you must be able to provide documentation showing that you receive federal or state aid like SNAP Benefits, Medicaid or Pell Grants. Documentation of aid must include:

  • Your name
  • Date showing that aid is for this calendar/school year
  • Aid type or amount

If you see this item on your checklist, but none of these apply to you, please let your Admissions Counselor know and they will add a “pay now” link to your application checklist.




If there are any additional items on your checklist that are not noted above, please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Online Student Liaison Office for additional instructions.

Once your checklist is complete, you should expect to receive an admissions decision via email in 3-5 business days. You will receive an email to the email address provided on your application:

Subject:  A decision has been posted regarding your application for admission

From:  University of Arkansas Admissions  (uofa@uark.edu)



While You Wait to Hear Back

  • Apply for financial aid - contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@uark.edu or 479-575-3806 for assistance.
  • Are you on active duty or are interested in utilizing Veteran’s benefits to pay for school?
    Please contact the Veterans Resource and Information Center to explore your options.
  • If there are prerequisites you still need to complete, you may want to consider exploring your options within the CLEP Test




  • Students admitted to the University are also admitted to the program as a pre-Nursing student, it is then determined during their first academic advising meeting if they have completed all of the prerequisite courses needed to be fully admitted to the LPN to BSN program.
  • Once you’re admitted, please proceed to New Online Student Checklist to activate your University accounts and to set up a meeting with the Academic Advisor in the Boyer Center for Student Services.
  • Once your advisor has determined that you've met all of the prerequisites, your file will be reviewed by the Nursing Department and they will determine if any additional information is needed in order to promote you into the full LPN to BSN major so you can enroll in program-specific courses. If you do not have all of the prerequisites completed, your Academic Advisor will then assist you with enrolling in the remaining courses.

Please visit appstatus.uark.edu and log in with the credentials you used when initially setting up the account to view your status.

The application processing team may add or remove items from your application checklist as a result of the information they see during the evaluation of your application, collegiate transcripts, and other supporting documents. Items that may be added/removed could include additional collegiate institutions that you did not list on the application, high school transcripts, standardized test scores or other supporting documents.

All LPN-BSN applicants admitted to the University are admitted as pre-Nursing students in the LPN to BSN program. During your first academic advising session you will work with your advisor to determine whether you still have prerequisites to complete or are ready to request to be moved into the LPN-BSN major. At that time the Nursing department will complete an additional review to ensure you are ready to enroll in nursing-specific courses and be placed in clinical settings.

Admitted students should proceed with Online Student Orientation once they've received their official admissions decision via email. Here, you will activate your University accounts and can then proceed with scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor. It is important to note that your UAConnect homepage may not be complete until upwards of 72 hours following admission so you may not be able to view your transfer credit right away. This is okay.

The application for admission cannot be updated by the student once it has been submitted. Please email your admissions counselor with:

  • Your name
  • Student ID #
  • Information you wish to update

Collegiate transcripts will remain in processing for upwards of 3 weeks once they arrive in the Registrar's Office. These items will not be marked off your checklist immediately upon arriving so please allow for processing delays. If it has been more than 3 weeks since your transcript was sent, please reach out to your admissions counselor with the submission details of that document. Please allow an additional 10-14 days for mailed documents to arrive. Please see the Collegiate Transcripts section in the #3 Materials tab.

If you are unable to pay your application fee within your New Student Center portal, please contact the Office of Admissions and ask to pay your fee over the phone.


Office of Admissions