University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR 72035

Located in Conway, Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas is a public institution that offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 4922 and 4419 students were accepted.

University of Central Arkansas in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $6,223 and fees $2,001. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $12,446 and $2,001 respectively.


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. RN to BSN
  2. LPN to BSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    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.


  4. BSN

    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.

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 66
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 3
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 11

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Central Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
23.99 miles away
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
25.17 miles away
Arkansas Tech University
40.83 miles away
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
62.85 miles away
Henderson State University
73.98 miles away
University of Arkansas at Monticello
109.17 miles away
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
110.03 miles away
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
113.09 miles away
University of Arkansas
118 miles away
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
131.09 miles away


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
SAT: Critical Reading410 to 520
SAT: Math460 to 540
SAT: Writing440 to 550
ACT Composite20 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor 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.) Required

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$11,226
30k to 48k$11,555
48k to 75k$13,879
75k to 110k$15,850
Over 110k$16,554
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $207.00 $415.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $255.00 $510.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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 [...]

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035

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