Online RN to MSN Programs in Arkansas
UAMS offers an Online RN to BSN/MNSc that’s a variation on its accelerated Online RN to BSN program. It’s not 100% online—some master’s level (MNSc) courses are hybrid, with a combo of online and face-to-face courses.
Take a look at the school listings for more details.
Jobs for Arkansas RN to MSN Graduates
Career Outlook for RN to MSN Graduates
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an excellent source of job & wage data for Nurse Practitioners and Nursing Instructors & Teachers, Postsecondary. Scroll down to see the maps and hover over an area to view the data points. When you consider the size of the population, Arkansas employs a large number of NPs. Opportunities for nurse educators are not as common.
The biggest job centers for NPs are going to be in the areas of Little Rock, Fayetteville, and Jonesboro. The Fayetteville area—home of the Washington Regional Medical Center—has some of the highest mean wages in the state.
- Hospitals: WRMC, UAMS, and Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock are frequently ranked among the Best Hospitals in Arkansas. But you may also wish to consider Arkansas Magnet Facilities (e.g. Arkansas Children’s Hospital).
- Universities: If you’re interested in teaching positions as a nurse educator, check out the list of ASBN state-approved nursing programs. Well-respected names in this list include UAMS and U of A.
- Rural: The Arkansas Department of Public Health has a useful section on Rural Health & Primary Care. It has info on loan repayment programs, scholarships, schools & jobs and links to rural health resources.
Career Resources for Future APRNs
Arkansas Nursing Job Boards
Arkansas APRN Salary & Wage Data
- Annual Mean Wages for Arkansas Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: Categories can include “Nurse Practitioners,” “Nurse Midwives,” and “Nurse Anesthetists”
- Annual Mean Wages for Arkansas Nursing Instructors & Teachers, Postsecondary
- AANP National Compensation Survey: Available to AANP members
Arkansas Nursing Organizations
State Board of Nursing
Arkansas Nursing Associations & Coalitions
- Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA)
- Arkansas Center for Nursing (ACN)
- Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA)
- Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association (ANPA)
Arkansas Nursing Specialty Organizations
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Arkansas Chapter (APNA Arkansas)
- Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ARANA)
- Arkansas Emergency Nurses Association (Arkansas ENA)
- Arkansas Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE)
- Arkansas School Nurses Association (ASNA)
- Arkansas State Association of Occupational Health Nurses (ASAOHN)
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses – Arkansas (AWHONN Arkansas)
Nursing School Overview
UAMS's program is open to RNs who have graduated from an NLN-accredited, ACEN-accredited, or Arkansas State Board of Nursing-approved nursing program. All candidates, including those with a diploma in nursing, associate degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate, must have a minimum GPA of 2.85. Prerequisites are listed on the program website - you will need a total of 58 prerequisite hours to earn a BSN. The RN to BSN portion of the program is 26 credits, 10 months in length, and 100% online. You can apply for the master's degree in your final semester. The 40-credit MNSc in Nursing Administration is hybrid, with a combination of online and face-to-face courses. The final semester includes a 270-hour practicum and an outcomes portfolio.
RN to MSN Admissions & Curriculum
UAMS is one of the best schools for healthcare education in Arkansas. The College of Nursing achieves excellent NP certification pass rates. It runs the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. It's affiliated with a major academic health science center - UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock is a Level 1 Trauma hospital. It has strong ties to Arkansas Children's Hospital and veterans healthcare systems. And it offers College of Nursing Financial Assistance. Best of all, alumni reviews are almost universally positive. UAMS is not the cheapest school in Arkansas, but in-state tuition rates are very reasonable. Plus it will give you invaluable connections when it comes time to apply for jobs.