Arkansas MSN Programs

Arkansas has several accredited universities in the state, yet many qualified nursing school applicants are turned away each year because of a nursing faculty shortage and lack of clinical training sites. The Arkansas State Action Coalition is working hard to improve the environment for the people of Arkansas by transforming healthcare through nursing education.

This is an ideal time to get your graduate degree, which can provide you with better career opportunities and job security. Simply explore your options for getting your Master’s in Nursing in Arkansas and then contact the schools that you are interested in to learn more.

There are several accredited online nursing courses offered at the Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

The University of Central Arkansas offers nursing master's programs for Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty, Clinical Nurse Leader.

The University of Arkansas in Little Rock offers several MNS Specialty programs, including Nursing Administration. If your interest is in becoming a Nurse Administrator this program will prepare you to effectively work in middle to top-level leadership roles in the health care delivery system. As a student in the advanced practice you will work 17+ hours weekly with top-level nurse executives and experience a full range of leadership responsibilities.

The admission criteria for this and other MSN programs in Arkansas usually includes many of the following items:

  • Completed application for the College of Nursing
  • Official transcripts from any and all colleges and universities and a basic statistics course with a 2.0
  • Proof of earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program
  • Evidence of unencumbered Arkansas RN license
  • Evidence of an academic or and ANCC-COA continuing education approved health assessment course
  • Admission to the master's program is competitive and you will be ranked by your GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Must hold a GPA of 2.85 or above
  • Applicants who have attended a previous graduate nursing school for another health-related professional school must have letter submitted from that school that includes a statement regarding the student's standing
  • The CIA official language field listing to determine whether the TOEFL exam is required for international applicants who declare English as their first language. If English is listed as the official language of their country of birth on the CIA listing, the student will not be required to complete the TOEFL exam as an admission requirement.
  • A graduate student must show proof of 2000 hours of work experience as an RN's

The typical curriculum for a Master’s in Nursing degree in Administration requires 40 semester hours and includes many of the following courses, which are similar across many other MSN programs.

  • Theory in Nursing
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Utilization in Advance Nursing Practice
  • Quantitative Epidemiology I
  • Technology in Adult Education
  • Organizational Behavior in Nursing
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Personnel Management in Nursing
  • Law, Policy & Procedure in Healthcare
  • Financial Management for Nurse Administrators
  • Nursing Administration Practicum
  • Outcomes Portfolio or Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education

After graduation from this program you are eligible to take one of the credential exams at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. They offer an exam for the Nurse Executive and for the Nurse Executive, Advanced. These exams are considered to be a reliable assessment of the nurse's skills in clinical knowledge and the management of the daily operations in a healthcare environment. If you are a member of the American Nurses Association the fee for the exam is $270 and for nonmembers it is $395. This credential may help you get your desired job when it is included on your resume.

Chief Nurse Executives in Arkansas earn an annual average income of $90,040 as of 2012 according to O*Net OnLine. Many other master’s prepared careers are out there, and you can reasonably expect that you will be able to earn a stable salary once completing your graduate nursing education in Arkansas.

At RNtoMSN.com, we encourage students to investigate the possible sources for loans and scholarships to help pay for nursing school. You can fill out a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant and loan program that is based on your income. You may also apply for a scholarship at your university. Scholastic ability, leadership qualities and financial need are the criteria primarily evaluated for scholarships.

Low interest long-term loans are also available through the government and several loans and scholarships are listed on the Association of Colleges of Nursing website.

With a graduate degree you may be able to position yourself in an expanded role, which may give you a satisfying career in the profession of nursing while simultaneously expanding your reach within healthcare. Contact the schools on our site to learn more about your options and the programs that are available.

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