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Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing

For Information on BSN degrees contact Coordinator of Academic Support Services: Lori Jones

Phone: 479.788.7841

For Information on the certificate program contact: Student Advising and Career Planning

Phone: 479.788.7400

Student Advisement and Career Planning Location:  Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center rm 232

Website: College of Health Sciences-Practical Nursing (PN)


Degree Plans:


The nursing major provides preparation of nurses at a variety of levels. Programs offered include:

  • Traditional four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • RN-BSN Online Completion for nurses possessing a diploma or associate degree
  • Twelve month technical certificate program in Practical Nursing

Each nursing program provides students with excellent clinical preparation within health care systems located throughout the Fort Smith and surrounding community.

What can you do with a degree in Nursing?

  • Cardiac Care Nursing
  • Case Management Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Flight/Transport Nursing
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Gynecology/Obstetric Nursing
  • Labor and Delivery Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Operating Room Nursing
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Trauma Nursing

Opportunities abound in this exciting and fulfilling profession! With a prediction of a shortage of 800,000 nurses by 2020, and that nursing will have the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations, nurses are in high demand. Nursing offers competitive salaries, flexibility of schedules, location and career. Well paying jobs are available in every city in America. You can work a 4, 8, 10 or 12 hour shift, weekdays or just weekends.

Websites for Career Research

Why should you choose to major in Nursing?

  • Nursing is considered one of the “most trusted” professions
  • Unlimited opportunity
  • Lifelong learning
  • Ongoing educational development
  • Financial security
  • A profession of helping others and “giving back” to the community
  • Includes all aspects of health and illness
  • Projected increasing shortage of nurses

As a nurse you can work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, insurance or managed care companies. A degree in nursing allows you to focus your career on an area of choice. You can be a critical care, labor and delivery, pediatric, emergency room, operating room, school, psychiatric, orthopedic, oncology, forensic, flight, trauma, medical-surgical, or obstetrics and gynecological nurse. You can continue your education and earn advanced degrees in nursing such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, health care administrator, nurse practitioner,  and nurse anesthetist.

But it is not just the job market or salaries that make nursing a good career choice. As a nurse, you have the opportunity to save and improve lives; to teach people how to achieve better health and to advocate for others to assure that they receive the best healthcare.

Special Application Procedures

There is a formal application process separate from the UA Fort Smith application. Please see the College of Health Sciences website for a detailed listing of admission requirements for the different nursing programs.

  • Application deadline for Practical Nursing-fall class: May 1
  • Application deadline for RN-BSN Online Completion -fall class: March 1
  • Application deadline for RN-BSN Online Completion -spring class: October 1
  • Application deadline for Traditional BSN program-fall class: March 1
  • Application deadline for Traditional BSN program-spring class: October 1

Internship Opportunities

  • Maymester-study abroad

Undergraduate Research Opportunities 

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Student Nurses Association (SNA)
  • UAFS Nursing Honor Society
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship


  • RN / Sparks
  • RN / NW Med Center
  • School Nurse / Union Christian Academy


The Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) serves as the accrediting agency for the School of Nursing programs.  The ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone (404) 975-5000.