FAQs for Current Students

1) I have been admitted to the University of Arkansas as a pre-nursing student. Does this mean I am also admitted to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing?

No.  During the time students are working on their pre-requisite courses for the nursing school, they are considered to be pre-nursing. Admission into the two years of professional coursework is competitive, much like medical or law school. Not every student admitted as pre-nursing will make it into the nursing school.

2) My major is something other than pre-nursing, but I have decided I want to be a nurse. What do I do?

Students wishing to change their major to pre-nursing and pursue our program should contact the advising staff for the school of nursing to schedule an appointment to go over the degree and to do official change of major paperwork. They may be reached at:

Deborah Henderson            

3) How does the application work?

Students apply to the program almost a year in advance of when they plan to start. For example, a student wishing to start in the fall of 2013 will apply between Nov. 1, 2013 ,and Dec. 1, 2013, and will receive a decision by March of 2014. The application is available online during the application windows (Nov. 1-Dec. 1 for fall starts, April 1-May 1 for spring starts).

Once students have applied, they should submit final transcripts for any non-University of Arkansas coursework by Jan. 1 for a fall start or July 15 for a spring start to the University Registrar's Office. This includes all course credit awarded by schools other than the University of Arkansas. Students who took concurrent enrollment in high school should send the transcript of the college or university granting the credit, not their high school. AP, IB, and CLEP credit or transfer credit already received by the University of Arkansas does not need to be resubmitted.

After the transcript deadline, the nursing school admissions staff reviews coursework and applications, calculates GPA, and forwards the applications to the admissions committee to create the final admissions list.

4) What happens if I am not admitted?

From the outset, we encourage students to have a backup plan. This might include having a second choice of nursing school and applying to both, having a minor to work on while you try to raise GPA, or even having a full second major in mind. Many students not admitted on their first application do apply again.

5) The degree check sheet says "Any Chemistry with Lab."  Which chemistry should I take?

The nursing program requires students to take either CHEM 1073/1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry or CHEM 1103/1101L University Chemistry I. These classes are geared to students in science-related fields and prepare students for upper division biology and nursing courses that utilize a chemistry background. The nursing school will not accept CHEM 1053/1051L Chemistry in the Modern World.  This course is designed for students not majoring in a science-related field and does not work as a pre-requisite for BIOL 2013/2011L Microbiology or BIOL 2213/2211L Human Physiology.

6) What classes count for Social Sciences and Fine Arts/Humanities?

The 9 hours of social sciences must include three of your choice off the University Core List. Your 3 hours of Humanities comes from your Philosophy Class (PHIL 2003, 2003c, 2103, 2203, or 3103). Your 3 hours of Fine Arts must be selected from the University Core List under Fine Arts/Humanities Column A. The University Core List is found at http://catalogofstudies.uark.edu/. Choose your catalog year, select Academic Regulations on the left hand menu and then click University Core Courses.

7) What are electives?  Where can I find a list?

Electives are courses used to round out the 120 hours required for graduation and are generally not specified in our program, except for the suggestion of BIOL 1543/1541L, which is a pre-requisite for Microbiology and Anatomy, and is encouraged for students taking those classes at the University of Arkansas. Otherwise, electives can be any other course the university offers. There is no master list. Some students pursue a foreign language, some students work on a minor, some take pre-requisites for other schools, and some take classes that otherwise interest them. The choice of classes to fill these hours is up to you.