BHSLR – School of Nursing
There are several options you can choose based on your prior college credits.
All BHSLR applicants must have a minimum 16 subset score in each section of the ACT (English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning) to be eligible for the School of Nursing. BHSLR does not accept the Compass test. Students can register to take the ACT at BHSLR’s website.
To apply to the BHSLR School of Nursing, please visit www.bhslr.edu. BHSLR accepts nursing classes twice per year.
Pre-Nursing Track (1-2 semesters prior to Nursing Program)
The Pre-Nursing Studies track is designed for students with little prior college experience. Some developmental coursework must be completed as required based on ACT scores in order to be eligible for this track. Students are encouraged to apply for the pre-nursing track upon eligibility and continue general education and science coursework through PTC at BHSLR.
This unique partnership offers several advantages:
- Students who successfully complete the pre-nursing courses at BHSLR will automatically progress to the Nursing Program without having to reapply.
- Focused learning environment with classmates who are all striving for the same goal.
- PTC faculty work closely with nursing instructors in order to prepare students for professional courses.
- Course section availability located on the BHSLR campus.
Traditional Track (3 semesters for Nursing Program)
Students with more extensive college credit may be eligible to apply directly to the Nursing Program. In addition to the ACT requirements, at least seven (7) of the nine (9) required general education courses must be completed in order to apply.
The general education and science courses required for the BHSLR program are:
- ENGL 1311 – English Composition I (ACTS #: ENGL 1013)
- ENGL 1312 – English Composition II (ACTS #:ENGL 1023)
- MATH 1302 – College Algebra (ACTS #: MATH 1103)
- CIS 1103 – Computer Concepts (ACTS #: CPSI 1003)
- PSYC 2300 – Psychology and the Human Experience (ACTS #: PSYC 1103)
- BIOL 1402 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (ACTS #: BIOL 2404)
- BIOL 1403 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II (ACTS #: BIOL 2414)
- BIOL 2401 – Microbiology (ACTS #: BIOL 2004)
- CHEM 1403 – Fundamental Chemistry I (ACTS #: CHEM 1214)
1. What is my best option for becoming an RN?
We strongly encourage students to meet with a PTC advisor to discuss what track is best for you. Log on to the MyPTC Portal and click the white Advising icon to make an appointment. Select “Registered Nursing” as your interest. You may also speak with the Enrollment Coordinator at BHSLR by calling (501) 202-6200.
2. Why should I consider BHSLR over other nursing programs?
One of the most distinct advantages of the BHSLR program is its emphasis on clinical experiences, which students begin participating in from the very first semester. Many employers tell us that BHSLR produces the most job-ready nurses in the area. Also, after completion of the general education classes, the nursing program is only three semesters. BHSLR accepts nursing classes twice a year. Students who complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Pre-Health Care Studies at PTC will be given preferred standing on their application to BHSLR.
3. What if I want a bachelor’s degree in nursing?
BHSLR has academic partnerships with both Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas at Little Rock to offer graduates a BSN-completer that can be taken online. This means you get to work sooner—after graduating from BHSLR—and can complete a bachelor’s degree online while working!
4. Do I have to work for Baptist Health if I go to school there?
The Baptist Health School of Nursing provides staffing for its health care facilities, but you are not required to work for Baptist upon graduation.
5. How can I get help paying for nursing school?
You may be eligible for financial aid. Students attending BHSLR should submit the FAFSA through BHSLR, not PTC. Students who enroll in the pre-nursing track and take the general education classes through PTC at BHSLR will be able to combine nursing and the required general education course credit hours from both schools to achieve full-time enrollment status (depending on transfer credit already completed).
6. I am an LPN and want a fast track option to RN. Does BHSLR have that option?
Yes, for a student who is an LPN or a Certified Paramedic, BHSLR has a one-year accelerated program. To determine your eligibility, please visit www.bhslr.edu for admissions requirements.
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