Arkansas Tech University offers a baccalaureate degree program in nursing. We believe in providing the opportunity for career mobility to registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who have graduated from a qualified program to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The faculty of the Department of Nursing have developed a procedure by which nurses can validate and challenge general education and nursing credit. Advanced placement opportunities are also available in accordance with the Arkansas Articulation Act. By following these procedures, nurses can obtain credit for previous academic experience and begin their nursing courses at a point in the program which reflects their level of knowledge and expertise.
Nurses who are interested in the Advanced Placement option should work closely with their advisor who will guide them through the somewhat complex process. For further information contact the Department of Nursing at (479) 968-0383.
Students wishing to transfer credit for pre-nursing courses with a goal of having that credit apply toward the B.S.N. at Arkansas Tech University should follow these guidelines:
Apply for admission to ATU.
Have official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended sent directly to either the office of the Registrar or to the Department of Nursing.
Schedule an appointment with any faculty on the Russellville Campus or the Fort Smith Campus to discuss the student's academic record and to complete a Request for Substitution on Transfer Credit form. The information submitted on this form is evaluated by the Department Chair, the Dean, and the Registrar. Therefore, the process can be expected to take several weeks to complete.
Communicate with the academic advisor to discuss the results of the Request for Substitution form and the remaining prerequisite requirements.
Transferring credits for nursing courses
The following policy has been developed for students who have taken nursing courses in other educational institutions and wish to have that credit substituted for course work in ATU's upper division nursing courses: