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Registered Nursing

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. They work closely with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.

The school of nursing offers two educational tracks designed to serve a variety of students with diverse educational backgrounds. In addition, we also coordinate 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.

Traditional Track plus general education prep

Students who need to complete additional general education courses have the opportunity to complete those courses in one (1) semester. The general education course(s) are offered through Pulaski Technical College and are located on the BHCLR campus. Students who are accepted and successfully complete the general education courses in (1) one semester will automatically progress to the Freshman nursing semester.

Admission Requirements:

Deadline for completion of application file is June 1st for August classes and December 1st for January classes of each year. BHCLR operates under a rolling admissions cycle and applicants are considered for admission as their file becomes complete. As a result, applications completed at or near the deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

Must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required.

Official transcripts are required for all attended institutions.

ACT scores with a minimum of 16 in each subset with completion of any required developmental education. The ACT test date must be less than ten (10) years old.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) may be submitted in lieu of the ACT. The SAT is evaluated utilizing an ACT/SAT (Critical Reading + Math) concordance scale available on the ACT website. The SAT test date must be less than 10 years old.

Required General Education Courses:

  • College Algebra (3 hrs)* ACTS: MATH 1103
  • Composition I (3 hrs) ACTS: ENGL 1013
  • Composition II (3 hrs) ACTS: ENGL 1023
  • Computer Concepts (3 hrs) ACTS: CPSI 1003
  • Psychology (3 hrs)** ACTS: PSYC 1103
  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4 hrs) ACTS: BIOL 2404
  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4 hrs) ACTS: BIOL 2414
  • Microbiology w/lab (4 hrs) ACTS: BIOL 2004
  • Chemistry w/lab (4 hrs) ACTS: CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1414

To be eligible to enter the Traditional Plus Gen Ed Prep four (4) of the nine (9) general education courses must be completed and include Comp I, College Algebra, and one (1) required science course.

*College Algebra preferred and will transfer into a BSN completer program. BHCLR-School of Nursing will review other college math courses on an individual basis.

**Psychology preferred; BHCLR-School of Nursing will accept Sociology if taken prior to entering the program.

Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.

In order for a course to transfer, a grade of “C” or better must be achieved.

Accepted students who successfully complete the general education preparation courses with a grade of “C” or above at BHCLR will automatically progress to the freshman semester without having to reapply. If a student does not achieve a "C" or above in each of the courses that student will no longer be eligible to progress at BHCLR and must submit a new application for consideration.

View application information and Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) transfer student information.

Traditional Track Plus General Education Prep Curriculum

Traditional Track

The Traditional Track is designed for students who have college experience, particularly in the area of science. These students must have at twenty-four hours out of the 31 hours of required college courses to be eligible for the Traditional track.

Admission Requirements:

Deadline for completion of application file is June 1st for July classes and December 1st for January classes of each year. BHCLR operates under a rolling admissions cycle and applicants are considered for admission as their file becomes complete. As a result, applications completed at or near the deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

Must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required.

Official transcripts are required for all attended institutions.

ACT scores with a minimum of 16 in each subset with completion of any required developmental courses. The test date of the ACT must be less than ten (10) years old.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) may be submitted in lieu of the ACT. The SAT is evaluated utilizing an ACT/SAT (Critical Reading + Math) concordance scale available on the ACT website (test date must be less than 10 years old).

Required General Education Courses:

  • College Algebra (3 hrs)* ACTS: MATH 1103
  • Composition I (3 hrs.) ACTS: ENGL 1013
  • Composition II (3 hrs.) ACTS: ENGL 1023
  • Computer Concepts (3 hrs.) ACTS: CPSI 1003
  • Psychology (3 hrs.)* ACTS: PSYC 1103
  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2404
  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2414
  • Microbiology w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2004
  • Chemistry w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1414

Fall 2016/Spring 2017: seven (7) of the nine (9) required general education courses must be completed and include Comp I, College Algebra, and three (3) required sciences.

View application information and Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) transfer student information.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017: seven (7) of the nine (9) required general education courses must be completed and include Comp I, College Algebra, and three (3) required sciences.

View application information and Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) transfer student information.

Nursing Checklist

Traditional Track Curriculum

Accelerated Track for LPN/LPTNs or Certified Paramedics

The accelerated track is an option for certified paramedics and LPNs/LPTNs who wish to become an RN.

Admission Requirements:

Deadline for completion of application file is December 1st of each year. BHCLR operates under a rolling admissions cycle and applicants are considered for admission as their file becomes complete. As a result, applications completed at or near the deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

Must be a high school graduate or have a GED, Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required.

ACT scores with a minimum of 16 in each subset with completion of required developmental courses. The ACT test date must be less than ten (10) years old.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) may be submitted in lieu of the ACT. The SAT is evaluated utilizing an ACT/SAT (Critical Reading + Math) concordance scale available on the ACT website (test date must be less than 10 years old).

For completion of the Accelerated Track, nine general education courses are required. We recommend all nine courses are completed before entry but will work with students who have completed the required pre-requisites.

Required pre-requisites:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2404
  • College Algebra (3 hrs)* ACTS: MATH 1103
  • Composition I (3 hrs.) ACTS: ENGL 1013
  • AND your choice of one of the following:

  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2414
  • Microbiology w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2004
  • Chemistry w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1414

For completion of the Accelerated Track, nine general education courses are required. We recommend all nine courses are completed before entry but will work with students who have completed the required pre-requisites.

The nine general education courses are:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2404
  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2414
  • Chemistry w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1414
  • College Algebra (3 hrs)* ACTS: MATH 1103
  • Composition I (3 hrs.) ACTS: ENGL 1013
  • Composition II (3 hrs.) ACTS: ENGL 1023
  • Computer Concepts (3 hrs.) ACTS: CPSI 1003
  • Microbiology w/lab (4 hrs.) ACTS: BIOL 2004
  • Psychology (3 hrs.)** ACTS: PSYC 1103

*College Algebra preferred and will transfer into a BSN completer program. BHCLR-School of Nursing will review other college level math courses on an individual basis.

**Psychology preferred; BHCLR-School of Nursing will accept Sociology if taken prior to entering the program.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) upon successful completion of program requirements.

Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.

In order for a course to transfer, a grade of “C” or better must be achieved.

View application information and Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) transfer student information.

Accelerated Track Curriculum

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Accelerated Track Curriculum

Nursing Accelerated Track Checklist

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