1 Nursing DEGREE PROGRAMS ONLINE RN TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE online.uark.edu/nurse
2 Welcome to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Welcome! We are excited that you are interested in advancing your nursing education through the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing (EMSON) at the University of Arkansas. Whether you want to earn your bachelor s degree or an advanced graduate degree, we have flexible online nursing programs that will fit into your busy work and life schedules. Our bachelor s degree-completion program will help you advance your career and maintain professional mobility. It will complement your valuable practice experience and take you to the next level by strengthening your analytical and clinical reasoning skills. Coursework will prepare you for a broader scope of practice and help you establish an academic foundation for graduate and/or doctoral studies. Our master s and doctoral programs are designed to prepare you for the challenges of education and practice with the knowledge and skills to apply research while promoting evidence-based practices. The online format will afford you the opportunity to fit learning into your work schedule, while giving you the opportunity to engage with other graduate students who have diverse educational and experiential backgrounds. Our programs are developed with attention to industry and professional standards making sure you can meet the challenging demands of careers in nursing education or advanced nursing practice. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the nursing opportunities here at EMSON, and we welcome your phone calls and s to gather specific information that will help you make this important decision. Our students are important to us and to the nation as upon graduation you will be our colleagues and the change agents of nursing. Come join us for the next steps in your nursing future! Julie Hoff, MPH, PhD, RN, Director Eleanor Mann School of Nursing 2 Our mission is to promote the health of society through education of professional nurses, research and service.
3 We offer 3 online programs RN to BSN RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing The online RN to BSN program offers a research base for nursing practice that promotes the ability of the nurse to affect changes necessary for the improvement of health. In the study of professional nursing, the student builds on a planned general education for the academic disciplines and acquires theoretical and specific knowledge to meet health care needs. In addition, the curriculum provides opportunity for students with technical nursing education to expand their knowledge and scope of practice. The baccalaureate program establishes a foundation for graduate education in nursing and for continued personal and professional development. MSN Master of Science in Nursing The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers a concentration for the nurse educator. The program prepares graduates to assume teaching roles to develop the next generation of nurses and to provide leadership for evidencebased practice. The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. By graduation, many students receive several offers. One hundred percent of our graduates find meaningful employment within a year of graduation. DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctorate for registered nurses who desire a terminal degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practioner (AGACNP) clinical focus. The DNP prepares advance practice nurses to function as experts and leaders in increasingly complex health-care settings. There are two levels of entry for the practice doctorate: post- BSN and post-msn. online.uark.edu/nurse
4 RN to BSN University Core & General Studies Requirements State Core Minimum Requirements ENGLISH Composition I & II only MATH Any core math (college algebra or higher) SCIENCES with labs Any core sciences including chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology SOCIAL SCIENCE Any core social sciences including psychology, sociology, life span development, economics, geography, anthropology HUMANITIES Any core humanities including philosophy, ethics, world literature, religions, languages US HISTORY Any core US history including US government FINE ARTS Any core fine arts course, including film or theatre lecture, art appreciation/history, or music appreciation/history Credit Hours Additional Requirements STATISTICS STAT 2303: Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency= MATH 2103), ESRM 2403: Statistics in Nursing, STAT 2023: Biostatistics, or PSYC 2013: Introduction to Statistics for Psychologists or equivalent SCIENCES with Labs Any core sciences or beyond in addition to 8 credit hours earned toward state core minimum requirement ELECTIVES Total Credit Hours RN to BSN Program Online Courses NURS 4003 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice NURS 4013 Informatics for Professional Nursing NURS 4112 Teaching and Health Promotion NURS 4203 Leading and Managing in Healthcare Micro-environments NURS 4313 Introduction to Pathophysiology in Nursing NURS 4323 Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for RNs NURS 4503 Introduction to Health Care Policy NURS 4603 Nursing Concepts: Communities NURS 4701 Professional Nursing Synthesis Role Synthesis NURS 4722 Professional Role Implementation: Practicum (Project-Based Practicum) NURS 4843 Introduction to Research in Nursing Total Credit Hours 29 4
5 Credit for courses listed below will be held in escrow. The student will receive credit for these courses upon successful completion of the program. NURS 2032 Therapeutic Communication NURS 3313 Pharmacology NURS 3422 Nursing Concepts: Foundations NURS 3424 Professional Role Implementation I: Caregiver NURS 3634 Nursing Concept: Adult Health I NURS 3644 Professional Role Implementation II: Caregiver NURS 3742 Nursing Concept: Mental Health and Illness NURS 3752 Professional Role Implementation III: Caregiver NURS 4154 Nursing Concepts: Child and Family NURS 4164 Professional Role Implementation IV: Caregiver NURS 4262 Nursing Concepts: Adult Health II NURS 4442 Nursing Concepts: Critical Care NURS 4452 Professional Role Implementation VI: Role Synthesis Total Credit Hours Total Hours for Degree Completion RN to BSN Program Cost Estimate University of Arkansas application fee $40 Eleanor Mann School of Nursing application fee $45 Global Campus processing fee $10 Undergraduate online tuition rate $276.92/credit hour x 29 = $8, Off-Campus fees $30/credit hour x 29 = $870 Library fee $2.50/credit hour = $31.50 Network and data systems fee $9.06/credit hour = $ Practicum course fee: $145/credit x 2 (applies to NURS 4722 only) = $290 Professional Liability Insurance for NURS 4722 per year = $14.50 Estimated cost of course materials and textbooks $950 Graduation fees $75. Estimated total cost at program completion $10, Note: The above cost estimate calculation is based on existing policies and fall 2015 fees associated with the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Global Campus, the College of Education and Health Professions, and the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. Calculations are based on full-time, continuous enrollment over three semesters and do not include costs associated with the purchase or maintenance of technology requirements (e.g., personal computer or internet services). Costs variations are based on term of enrollment, duration of program enrollment, course variations, and program modifications. Tuition and fee information is updated on the website of the university s treasurer s office at treasurernet.uark.edu/tuition.aspx 5
6 RN to BSN Academic Semester Plans Students discuss academic plans as they enter and continue through the RN-BSN program. Individualized programs of study are designed to provide flexible schedules for each student. Academic plans range from months. 3-Semester Plans (full-time) 4-Semester Plans (full time/part-time) 5-Semester Plans (part-time) Fall Start 1st Semester (fall) NURS 4003 NURS 4013 NURS 4323 NURS nd Semester (spring) NURS 4112 NURS 4313 NURS 4203 NURS 4603 NURS rd Semester (summer) NURS 4503 NURS 4722 Fall Start 1st Semester (fall) NURS 4003 NURS nd Semester (spring) NURS 4843 NURS 4313 NURS 4323 NURS rd Semester (summer) NURS 4112 NURS th Semester (fall) NURS 4203 NURS 4701 NURS 4722 Fall Start 1st Semester (fall) NURS 4003 NURS nd Semester (spring) NURS 4313 NURS rd Semester (summer) NURS 4112 NURS th Semester (fall) NURS 4203 NURS th Semester (spring) NURS 4603 NURS 4701 NURS
7 online RN-BSN program is designed to allow nurses to obtain a BSN while still working in the clinical setting. The program is 100% online which allows us to serve rural Our communities, both state and nationwide. Jacklyn Gentry, Undergraduate Coordinator Step 1: HOW TO APPLY for the RN to BSN Program Apply at application.uark.edu Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the Registrar s Office, 141 Uptown East, Fayetteville, AR Step 2: Complete the EMSON RN to BSN Online Program Application: https://forms.coehp.uark.edu/ Supporting documents (see below) should be submitted electronically to the department s at Alternatively, documents can be faxed to or mailed to: Attention: RN to BSN Program 606 N. Razorback Road Fayetteville, AR Supporting application documents: RNs with 12 months or more of work experience should submit a work verification letter from an employer documenting a minimum of 1,000 RNpractice hours within the past 12 to 24 months or documentation of completion of a state board of nursing approved RN-refresher course. Recent nursing graduates (within 0 to 12 months of graduation) from an accredited school of nursing should provide + A letter from current school stating the student is in academic good standing. + Additional letter from prospective employer to include position title, estimated hours of employment per week, and population served. Program Application Deadlines Fall Admission: July 1 Spring Admission: November 1 online.uark.edu/nurse
8 MSN The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program expands and prepares students to become nurse educators. Program objectives focus on the roles of expert clinician, consultant, educator, manager and researcher. The skills necessary for life-long learning including self-assessment, goal setting, active learning, and evidence-based practice are integrated throughout the curriculum. Graduates are prepared to function independently or in a collaborative role on an interdisciplinary team as change agents to affect nursing practice. The thesis or research project allows students to contribute to new knowledge in nursing through original research, replication studies, dissemination efforts and utilization projects. The capstone experience, a written comprehensive exam, provides students the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to synthesize knowledge from the core areas and communicate their ideas effectively. Upon completion of the MSN Program graduates will be able to: Promote evidence-based practice through problem identification and the critique of research findings. Collaborate in policy development, resource management and costeffective care delivery. Apply legal and ethical principles to promote a values-based professional practice. Affect health care outcomes through advanced roles of clinician, teacher, manager, researcher and consultant. Utilize theories from nursing and other disciplines for decision making. Advocate for access to quality health care for diverse populations. Collaborate with other disciplines to design, deliver and evaluate health care services for diverse populations. Provide leadership in education in a variety of clinical and academic settings. 8
9 MSN Nurse Educator Concentration Program of Study Nurse Educator Sample Plan of Study Fall Term 10 hours * NURS 5003 Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing Practice * NURS 5043 Concepts of Health Promotion within Diverse Populations ^ NURS 5303 Foundations in Nursing Education NURS 579V Independent Study (1 credit initial planning) Spring Term 12 hours # NURS 5053 Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation in Nursing # NURS 5102 Advanced Health Assessment, Physical Examination, and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS 5111 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment (45 contact hours) # NURS 5143 Advanced Pathophysiology ^ NURS 5343 Specialty Development (135 contact hours) Summer Term 9 hours * NURS 5063 Health Care Policy # NURS 5123 Pharmacotherapeutics ^ NURS 5313 Curriculum and Evaluation Fall Term 8 hours ^ NURS 5323 Teaching Practicum (135 contact hours) ^ NURS 5353 Specialty Development II (135 contact hours) NURS 579V Independent Study (2 credits completion and dissemination) All candidates for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) must successfully complete a comprehensive written exam. *Graduate Nursing Core Courses #Advanced Practice Core Courses ^Nurse Educator Courses 9
10 Admission Requirements for the MSN Degree Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School Submission of GRE scores Completion of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing application Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNEaccredited program Current unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered nurse Completion of a basic health assessment course (academic or continuing education) Completion of a basic-level statistics course with a grade of C or above Online MSN Program Cost Estimate Basic computer and library skills including the use of electronic databases Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space available basis. The master s degree program at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education granted continuation of accreditation for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program effective Sept. 28, 2011, for a term of 10 years, extending to June 30, University of Arkansas application fee $40 Global Campus processing fee $10 Graduate online tuition rate $399.94/credit hour X 39 (non-thesis option) = $15, or X 42 (thesis option) = $16, Off-campus fees $30/credit hour X 39 (non-thesis option) = $1170 or X 42 (thesis option) = $1,260 Library fee $2.50/credit hour Network and data systems fee $9.04/credit hour Graduate Nursing Application: $45 Professional Liability Insurance: $14.50 per year Master s Thesis $55 Graduation fee $85 Note: The above cost estimate calculation is based on existing policies and fall 2015 rates. Tuition and fee information is updated on the website of the university s treasurer s office at treasurernet.uark.edu/tuition.aspx. HOW TO APPLY for the MSN program 1. Apply online: https://application.uark.edu/ and send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 213 Ozark Hall, 340 N. Campus Dr., Fayetteville, AR Complete the School of Nursing application for the MSN at: https://forms.coehp.uark.edu/ 3. Enter University of Arkansas school code 6866 at the ETS site for the GRE Program Application Deadline Fall Admission: March 1,
11 DNP The Doctor of Nursing Practice provides a terminal degree for nurses who will assume leadership roles as practitioners or specialists in the field of nursing. Two entry levels: 1. Post completion of the baccalaureate degree in nursing and licensure as a registered nurse (RN), or 2. Post completion of a master s degree in nursing that has resulted in national certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist). The online program is built upon the standards set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2009) and incorporates specialty standards of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2009). As such, students completing the BSN to DNP program of study will be eligible to sit for either the adult/geriatric ACNP certification examination or the family nurse FNP certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Students in both entry levels must complete a capstone project and 1,035 clinical hours while enrolled in the graduate program. Current advanced practice nurses who enter the program as a post-master s student must complete clinical hours to supplement clinical hours taken in their master s program. A variety of distance learning methods will be used to expedite clinical requirements. However, the student should anticipate up to four visits to the main campus during their program of study. Upon completion of the DNP Program graduates will be able to: Evaluate and utilize advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines to solve complex health issues for individuals, aggregates, populations and systems. Design, implement and evaluate strategies that promote and sustain quality improvement at the organizational and policy levels. Provide leadership in the transformation of health care through interprofessional collaboration, application of technology and policy development. Incorporate evidence-based clinical prevention and health services for individuals, aggregates and populations. Demonstrate clinical expertise, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.
12 Two areas of concentration Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Primary areas of faculty research Research areas include cardiopulmonary physiology; placement, recruitment and retention of advanced practice nurses; attrition and retention of nursing students; nurse educator leadership; professional development; older adults and medication adherence; health literacy; health disparities; pain; evidence-based practice; and health care policy. Core Courses for BSN to DNP ESRM 6403 Educational Statistics and Data Processing NURS 5003 Theoretical & Scientific Foundations for Nursing Practice NURS 5033 Role Development NURS 5043 Concepts of Health Promotion within Diverse Populations NURS 5053 Evidence-Based Practice & Innovations in Nursing NURS 5063 Health Care Policy NURS 5102 Advanced Health Assessment, Physical Examination & Diagnostic Reasoning NURS 5111 Clinical Practicum for Advanced Health Assessment, Physical Exam & Diagnostic Reasoning NURS 5123 Pharmacotherapeutics NURS 5143 Advanced Pathophysiology NURS 5523 Healthcare Informatics NURS 6123 Evaluation Methods and Translational Research for Evidence-Based Practice NURS 6233 Health Care Economics & Finance NURS 6263 Organizational Management & Systems Leadership NURS 6613 Epidemiology Specialization Courses for BSN to DNP students NURS 5272 Clinical Practice: Interpretive, Diagnostic Reasoning NURS 5443 Chronic Health Problems in Adult & Geriatric Populations Combined AGACNP & FNP NURS 5454 Adult-Geriatric (Chronic) Clinical I (180 contact hours) Combined AGACNP & FNP NURS 5463 Acute & Critical Illness in Adult & Geriatric Populations (AGACNP) NURS 5475 Adult & Geriatric (Acute/Critical) Clinical II (225 contact hours) (AGACNP) NURS 5483 FNP Specialty I: Primary Care of Adults and Children (FNP) NURS 5495 FNP Specialty I: Clinical Practicum (225 contact hours) (FNP) NURS 5542 FNP Specialty II: Acute Care Adults and Children (FNP) NURS 6224 Specialty Practice Clinical III (180 Contact Hours) NURS 6244 Specialty Practice Clinical IV (180 Contact Hours) NURS 628V (3 to 4 hours) Specialty Practice Clinical V 12 online.uark.edu/nurse
13 Capstone Courses for BSN to DNP NURS 7113 Capstone Seminar I NURS 7122 Capstone Implementation in Practice Setting I NURS 7132 Capstone Seminar II NURS 7142 Capstone Implementation in Practice Setting II Core Courses for MSN to DNP ESRM 6403 Educational Statistics and Data Processing NURS 5523 Healthcare Informatics NURS 6123 Evaluation Methods & Translational Research for Evidence-Based Practice NURS 6233 Healthcare Economics & Finance NURS 6263 Organizational Management & Systems Leadership NURS 6613 Epidemiology Specialization Courses for MSN to DNP students NURS 6224 Specialty Practice Clinical III NURS 6244 Specialty Practice Clinical IV NURS 628V (3 to 4 hours) Specialty Practice Clinical V Capstone Courses for MSN to DNP NURS 7113 Capstone Seminar I NURS 7122 Capstone Implementation in Practice Setting I NURS 7132 Capstone Seminar II NURS 7142 Capstone Implementation in Practice Setting II Our DNP program is fully accredited and offers a unique, mostly online opportunity for students to receive advanced practice education with a doctoral outcome. Our DNP graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the transitional healthcare arena and develop evidence-based solutions to quality issues affecting health outcomes. Debbie Shirey, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator
14 Admission Requirements for the DNP Degree Post-BSN to DNP and Post-MSN to DNP Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School Submission of GRE scores Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program Completion of a baccalaureate in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse Completion of a basic health assessment course (academic or continuing education) Completion of a basic-level statistics course with a grade of C or above Basic computer and library skills including use of electronic databases Post-MSN to DNP Additional Requirements Graduation from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited MSN program APRN licensure if required by student s state of residence Certification as an APRN Graduate-level health-policy course with grade of B or above Campus Visit Requirement Students can expect to come to campus periodically throughout the program, anywhere from one-four times a year. Online DNP Program Cost Estimate University of Arkansas application fee $40 Global Campus processing fee $10 Graduate online tuition rate $399.94/credit hour Off-campus fees $30/credit hour Library fee $2.50/credit hour Network and data systems fee $9.04/credit hour Graduate Nursing Application: $45 Professional Liability Insurance: $55 per year Typhon fee $75 Graduation fee $95 Note: The above cost estimate calculation is based on existing policies and fall 2015 rates. Tuition and fee information is updated on the website of the university s treasurer s office at treasurernet.uark.edu/tuition.aspx. HOW TO APPLY for the DNP program 1. Apply to the University of Arkansas Graduate School: https://application.uark.edu/ and send official transcripts to the 2. Office of Graduate Admissions: 213 Ozark Hall, 340 N. Campus Dr., Fayetteville, AR Complete the DNP application: https://forms.coehp.uark.edu/ 4. Enter University of Arkansas school code 6866 at the ETS site for the GRE. Program Application Deadline Fall Admission: March 1 14
15 online.uark.edu/nurse RESOURCES & CONTACTS Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Online Programs RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Elizabeth L. McKinley, MS Academic Counselor, RN to BSN MSN and DNP Debbie Shirey, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Transferring to a new program can be overwhelming. I am here to help you navigate the transfer and enrollment process in online nursing programs. Knowing how your credits will apply to the degree here is critical when you want to complete your degree in a timely fashion. We will work together in developing an individual academic plan from application through graduation. Elizabeth McKinley, MS Academic Counselor, Online Nursing Programs The University of Arkansas is committed to your success. If you have questions about any of the university s online programs, please me at I look forward to discussing your options with you. Rebel Smith, EdD Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Management for Online and Distance Education Programs Global Campus
16 EPLEY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS ELEANOR MANN SCHOOL OF NURSING College of Education and Health Professions online.uark.edu/nurse ONLINE October 2015