LPN/LPTN/Paramedic to RN
Registered nurses provide and direct others in the provision of nursing care to patients in acute care settings and a variety of other healthcare agencies.
The Accelerated Track is an option for Paramedics and LPN/LPTNs who wish to become a registered nurse. The Accelerated track is one year in length and begins in January of each year.
- 2 semesters in length
- Classes begin in January each year
- Application Deadline: December 1st
- A portion of this curriculum may be offered through web-based instruction to a limited number of qualified students.
- Completed application process
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
- Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended
- ACT composite score of 19 preferred; 17 required; and a 16 or above is required in each subset. The ACT must have been taken in the last 10 years.
- Current unrestricted Arkansas LPN or LPTN license (prior to entry into the program); If out of state, license must be from a compact state with Arkansas or apply to Arkansas State Board of Nursing for endorsement
- Documentation of employment as a LPN/LPTN or Paramedic for a minimum of 6 months is preferred
- Completion of Employer Validation of Basic Nursing Skills form. Click here for professional portfolio.
- Completion of a minimum of three (3) (one must be a science course) of the eight (8) required general education courses with official transcript reflecting a final grade of "C" or better
Remaining general education courses are taken as corequisites with the nursing curriculum and
may be completed during Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
Course Requirements (16 hours)
Course Requirements (12 hour)
Chemistry w/lab (4 hours)
Microbiology w/lab (4 hours)
Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab(4 hours)
Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab(4 hours)
* Transfer students please refer to our transfer student information here.
- Paramedic to RN additional requirements:
- Arkansas Paramedic certification and national registration
- Score of "C" or above on Excelsior Fundamentals of Nursing Examination
Applicants to the BHSLR School of Nursing PN and RN Accelerated tracks are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Therefore, it is important to submit applications and all required documents as early as possible.
Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.
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How much does the RN Accelerated Track cost?
The cost of the Baptist Health Schools Little Rock - School of Nursing Accelerated Track varies depending on the individual student. Please download the cost plan for estimated costs.
What if I don't make a 19 or above on the ACT?
The Baptist Health Schools Little Rock - School of Nursing Accelerated Track prefers an ACT Score of 19 or above for admission. If you do not score a 19 or above, we recommend that you re-test. Generally, students are able to increase their score each time they take the ACT. We also recommend that you use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT. A minimum score of 16 or above is required in all ACT subsets (English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning).
May I enter into the Accelerated Track if I am not an LPN or Paramedic?
You MUST be an LPN, LPTN or Paramedic to apply for the Accelerated Track. If you are not an LPN, LPTN or Paramedic, you may still apply for the RN Traditional Track.
How many days a week will I be in class?
As a student in the Baptist Health Schools Little Rock - School of Nursing Accelerated Track, you may be in class, skills lab and/or clinical up to 4 days per week; occasional 5 day week is a possibility.
Do you offer night or online classes?
At this time, the Baptist Health Schools Little Rock - School of Nursing Accelerated Track does not offer classes at night or online. General Education classes may be offered in the evening or online, and are scheduled by Pulaski Technical College. A portion of this curriculum may be offered through web-based instruction to a limited number of qualified students.
How much do Registered Nurses make?
Earnings for Registered Nurses vary greatly and have many different factors. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information about Registered Nurses.
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