All policies are reviewed and updated routinely.  The following handbook is the most current.

Student Handbook

Progression In The Nursing Sequence

A minimum grade of “C” in each nursing course is required for progression in the nursing sequence.

Readmission

A student who discontinues the nursing sequence for any reason must petition the School of Nursing Admissions Committee for readmission into the nursing program. Students are permitted only one readmission. Acceptance for readmission is based on availability of space, documentation of corrected deficiencies, and approval of the nursing faculty. Students who are readmitted are accountable for the degree requirements in force at the time of readmission.

Admission (Advanced Placement)

Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Licensed Psychiatric Technical Nurses (LPTNs) may qualify for advanced placement within the BSN clinical course sequence. Verification of a current valid, unrestricted Arkansas RN, LPN, or LPTN license is required.

RNs with an Associate Degree or Diploma may apply for advanced placement in the BSN program. The RN will receive credit for 33 semester hours for NURS 311V Concepts in Nursing Care I, NURS 332V Concepts in Nursing Care II, and NURS 444V Concepts in Nursing Care III. The 33 hours of credit will be held in escrow. The student will receive credit for these courses upon successful completion of the program. Additionally, applicants who have graduated from nursing school more than 24 months previously may be required to take a 1 credit hour Basic Skills Check-Off course to verify clinical skills. RNs complete the same general education and support courses as students in the prelicensure BSN program but have a specified program for completing theory and clinical nursing course requirements. A letter of recommendation from a current or most recent RN supervisor in a nursing position is required of all licensed applicants.

LPNs/LPTNs may apply for advanced placement in the BSN program. LPNs/LPTNs may receive credit for 11 semester hours for NURS 311V Concepts in Nursing Care I if they graduated from LPN/LPTN school within 24 months. After 24 months, a validation examination must be passed with a score of 74 or better to obtain advanced placement credit for NURS 311V. The syllabus for NURS 311V may be obtained prior to the validation exam for purposes of studying independently for the examination. The validation examination may be taken only once. The application process for admission into UAM and the nursing program must be completed before validation examinations may be taken. LPN/LPTNs are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their nursing school and from the most recent or present nursing position RN supervisor. Applicants seeking admission to the nursing program through advanced placement should meet with the School of Nursing dean. All nursing faculty are included in the evaluation of the advanced placement student and make recommendations regarding advanced placement to the dean.

Transfer Credit

Students seeking transfer credit from another institution must submit course descriptions and transcripts to the School of Nursing and meet with the dean. All faculty are included in the evaluation and placement of transfer students in the nursing sequence and make recommendations regarding transfer of nursing credit to the dean. Standardized testing and validation of skills may be required based on the evaluation of transcripts.

Conviction of a Crime

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Arkansas State Police for graduates of nursing schools. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny application for nurse licensure to any person who has been convicted of a crime. A student who has been convicted of a crime should schedule an appointment with the dean of the School of Nursing. Additionally, a criminal background check will be conducted at students’ expense before students are allowed to participate in clinical experiences.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Arkansas State Police for graduates of nursing schools. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny application for nurse licensure to any person who has been convicted of a crime. Graduation from a University of Arkansas School of Nursing program does not guarantee approval to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (see Arkansas State Board of Nursing webpage: Arkansas State Board of Nursing-Licensing-Criminal Background Check. A student who has been convicted of a crime should schedule an appointment with the dean of the School of Nursing. Additionally, a criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted at students’ expense before students are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Additional drug screens will be conducted annually and may be conducted for cause and/or at random throughout the program.

Other Information

Nursing students are NOT covered by the University or the clinical facilities for injuries and exposures to illnesses which occur in the course of clinical assignments or when traveling to and from clinical assignments. Additionally, all nursing students are assigned to care for persons with a variety of diagnoses, including blood-borne illnesses. The UAM School of Nursing strongly recommends that each student be immunized against Hepatitis B virus (HBV) prior to beginning clinical work and obtain personal health and automobile insurance. Students who are planning to major in nursing and who speak English as a second language are to meet requirements of the University as stipulated on page 17 of the Catalog. This requirement is to enhance the chance for success of nursing majors who speak English as a second language.

Information regarding tuition and fees may be found on pages 18-21 of the Catalog. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN; formerly NLN Accreditation Commission [NLNAC]) serves as an additional resource for this information. On an annual basis, the School of Nursing provides the ACEN with information regarding tuition, fees, and the length of the nursing program. The ACEN may be contacted at:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

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