Prospective Nursing Students

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Nursing offers graduates a variety of professional choices. University of Arkansas graduates are prepared for hospital, school and community settings where they manage acute and chronic patient care and promote health and wellness. Nursing specialties include geriatrics, dialysis, oncology, emergency, hospice and many others.

Nursing requires strong emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities. Students who are admitted to the program are expected to possess the following abilities and skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to generate hypotheses
  • Strong psychomotor skills and a capacity to reason, analyze, synthesize and work independently of others
  • Exceptional communication skills with patients and staff
  • Exemplary social skills, a quick-thinking and empathetic nature, and the ability to maintain calm during emergency situations


Students interested in nursing will be admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors. Admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing requires an application (in addition to the application to the University of Arkansas) and a personal statement. 

Candidates are scored, and the top tier are invited for interviews. In line with the university and the College of Education and Health Professions initiatives, as well as the philosophy of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, this holistic admission process is utilized to enhance a diverse academic experience for all students and results in additional expertise in providing care to an increasingly diverse patient population. Admission is competitive: Not all students who meet the minimum requirements will get in.

We value communication skills, leadership experience, initiative, community service and clinical experience, as well as accomplishments in athletics, employment and research. Our goal is to recruit and educate a class that will serve the needs of a diverse population. 

We consider factors not reflected in the academic record: evidence of extracurricular achievement or work experience; evidence of having overcome social, economic or physical barriers; evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity or responsibility.

All prerequisite coursework for a fall admission into the Professional Program of Study in Nursing must be completed by the end of the preceding spring semester with the exception of the three pre-nursing courses NURS 2012, NURS 2022, NURS 2032, which may be taken in the summer session prior to entering the program of study in the fall. All coursework for spring admission must be completed by the end of the preceding fall semester prior to entering the Professional Program of Study in Nursing (B.S.N. Admission Policy). Students who are conditionally accepted into the nursing program must maintain a GPA that is at or above the cut-off GPA within the accepted cohort.

The General B.S.N. application cycles for the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing are as follows:

Application Period  U of A Transcript Deadline      EMSON Admission Expected Decision 
Fall: Oct.1 - Oct. 15 Jan. 1 Late January
Spring: March 1 - March 15      July 1 Late August

FAQs for Prospective Transfer Students 

The link to the online application can be found on the Forms page for the School of Nursing.

The professional course of study starts the semester in which students are admitted to the program and usually requires 4 full semesters or 2 years to complete. Upon graduation, the graduates are prepared to provide culturally sensitive care to clients through the roles of caregiver, teacher and manager in a variety of settings to:

  • Use critical thinking in making clinical judgments to deliver holistic nursing care
  • Use theory and research-based knowledge to improve delivery of nursing care to meet health-care needs of individuals, families and communities
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health-related education based on assessed needs
  • Apply information and health-care technologies to assess, monitor and support clients, families and communities
  • Design, manage and coordinate health care for individuals, families and communities
  • Use ethical principles in nursing practice, conduct and relationships with clients
  • Identify with the values of the profession and incorporate them into practice