University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
University of Central Arkansas is one of the 11 public 4-year colleges in Arkansas. Its campus is medium in size and located in Conway. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.
In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,937 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,395 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 72%).
Every year 41% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.
University of Central Arkansas's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $6,523, and fees were $2,001. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $13,046 and $2,001 respectively.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
The University of Central Arkansas's Nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The program offers a range of tracks for students with various needs. The generic traditional track is designed with no licensing in nursing. The school admits one class of students in this track in the fall. Applications are accepted between the 15th and the 1st of March.
The second track is the LPN to BSN track. Applicants are admitted in the fall semester and applications are accepted between the preceding 15th January and the 1st of March.
The RN to BSN or RN to MSN track is offered online for RN graduates of accredited Associate Degrees or hospital diploma programs. Both tracks are intended for working RNs with all courses offered online. Periodic visits to the Conway campus will be required for each course. Applications to this track are accepted twice a year.
- Completed application forms
- Nursing pre-requisite courses
- Academic transcripts
The school will send letters of admission status will be sent to all applicants by the 1st of June. Applicants on the waiting list will be offered positions declined by a successful applicant.
Applicants are ranked according to GPA and admission examination score with preference given to UCA pre-nursing students meeting admission requirements.
Applicants offered a position must formally acknowledge acceptance and submit documentation of Varicella immunization, TB skin test, Hepatitis B vaccine, CPR certification, current health insurance and attend all day orientation as per the academic calendar. Students must arrange independent means of transportation for clinical experiences.
The University of Central Arkansas Master of Science Program is an online program designed to prepare students to provide expert care in a range of health care settings and to function as leaders and management professionals.
The Adult Nurse Practitioner track is intended for students seeking to specialize as nurse practitioners in the area of adult health. The Family Nurse Practitioner is designed to for advanced practitioners to manage acute, chronic and episodic illness across the life span. The Nurse Educator track is designed for those who pursuing roles in higher education, staff education and patient education with a clinical specialties. The Clinical Nurse Leader option is designed to prepare graduates to work within a healthcare system.
- Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
- Minimum grade point of average of 2.7 on the last 60 hours of credit earned at the undergraduate or graduate level
- Minimum of a ‘C’ grade or higher on a basic statistics course
- Meet all requirements for admission to the graduate school
- Application form
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- GRE Test scores
- Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
- Criminal background check
- Three professional recommendations
- Proof of work experience as a registered nurse
- Personal Statement
Admission to the MSN program is a competitive program with all applications components considered.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||7|
NCLEX-RN Passrate History
NCLEX-RN passrate history of University of Central Arkansas as reported by Arkansas state board of nursing.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission|
01/01/1931 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
04/21/2004 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||970 to 1135|
|ACT||21 to 27|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$217|
|In State Students||$217|
|Out of State Students||$435|
|In District Students||$267|
|In State Students||$267|
|Out of State Students||$531|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of University of Central Arkansas's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$961|
|State Grant & Scholarships||71%||$1,491|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||60%||$5,771|
|Federal Student Loans||51%||$7,967|
$14,005Average Net Price/year
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$12,070|
|$30,001 to $48,000$13,119|
|$48,001 to $75,000$14,438|
|$75,001 to $110,000$17,079|
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Arkansas Nurses Foundation provides research grant for nurses who hold an Arkansas Nursing license and graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
Applicant must be a non-traditional nursing student attending East Arkansas Community College.
Applicant must be enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing.
Applicant must be attending the University of Central Arkansas.
Applicant must be a graduate of a Faulkner County, AR high school who will attend Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, or the University of Central ...
Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.