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
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

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.

Admission Requirements:

  • 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.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  2. Minimum grade point of average of 2.7 on the last 60 hours of credit earned at the undergraduate or graduate level
  3. Minimum of a ‘C’ grade or higher on a basic statistics course
  4. Meet all requirements for admission to the graduate school
  5. Application form
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  7. GRE Test scores
  8. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  9. Criminal background check
  10. Three professional recommendations
  11. Proof of work experience as a registered nurse
  12. 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
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 8 60
Master's degree 5 52
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 7

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT970 to 1135
ACT21 to 27
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $25

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$217
In State Students$217
Out of State Students$435
Graduate courses
In District Students$267
In State Students$267
Out of State Students$531

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $9,765 $9,765 $19,575
ADN 70 $15,190 $15,190 $30,450
BSN 125 $27,125 $27,125 $54,375
FNP 50 $13,350 $13,350 $26,550
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 43% $4,511
Other Federal Grant 8% $961
State Grant & Scholarships 71% $1,491
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 60% $5,771
Federal Student Loans 51% $7,967
Private Loans 2% $9,338


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$17,718

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Arkansas Nurses Foundation Research Grant

Arkansas Nurses Foundation provides research grant for nurses who hold an Arkansas Nursing license and graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. 

Ginny Blankenship Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a non-traditional nursing student attending East Arkansas Community College.

Peggy Pickens Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing.

Sheffield Nelson UCA Scholarship

Applicant must be attending the University of Central Arkansas.

Toad Suck Daze GetSmart Challenge Scholarship

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 ...

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.

University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035

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