Carr College of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

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Program Description

The undergraduate program offers curriculum tracks to meet the individualized needs of students including:

  1. A four-year, full-time traditional track which culminates with the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (part-time options are available). Please visit the page here for more information.
  2. An accelerated, year-round second degree program which culminates with the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Please visit the page here for more information.
  3. An individualized track is available to students who hold a current unencumbered nursing license (registered nurses, licensed practical nurses) without a bachelors degree. An individualized degree completion plan is collaboratively designed with the student to culminate in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (full or part-time options are available).

Honors College

The Carr College of Nursing has designed a course of study for students who wish to earn Honors courses while pursuing a nursing degree.

NURS 1000.H1Introduction to Nursing1

(Limited enrollment, students must be enrolled in the Honors College.)



Students in the Carr College of Nursing who maintain a 3.25 overall grade point average will be named an Honors College Participant by earning ten honors credits.

Students in the Carr College of Nursing who maintain a 3.25 overall grade point average will be named an Honors College Graduate by earning a minimum of 20 hours of honors credits.  Students must complete at least four honors contracts, and any courses designated as (H) sections or HNRS courses.

Students in the Carr College of Nursing who maintain a 3.50 overall grade point average will be named an Honors College Graduate with Distinction by earning a minimum of 26 hours of honors credits.  Four (H) classes or HNRS courses must be included, along with four honors contract courses. NURS 4620, the Nursing capstone course, will serve as the required honors capstone course.

NURS 3450OB and Women's Health5
NURS 3510Nursing Adults/Chronic Health5
NURS 3540Gerontological Nursing2
NURS 3550Pediatric/Child Health5
NURS 3630Pathophysiology3
NURS 4120Research3
NURS 4200Nursing Adults/Acute Care5
NURS 4530Community Health5
NURS 4540Advanced Med-Surgical5
NURS 4550Leadership and Management4



NURS 4620 may be taken as an Honors Capstone course by those who meet the prerequisites to be an Honors College Graduate with Distinction. Contact the Honors College for more information.

NURS 4620Capstone3


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Program Outcomes

The Dean and Faculty measure undergraduate program outcomes in order to foster continual quality improvement. 

Selected program outcomes related to new graduate achievement include the first time pass rate on the national licensing exam, the program completion rate and the employment rate after graduation. The findings are presented below: 

20172018201920202021* (half-year)
NCLEX Pass Rate100%100%98.1%98%97.4%
BSN Completion Rate92.45%81.54%86.54%84.91%95.92%

BSN Job Rate at 9 months


Other program outcomes are related to student learning.  These student learning outcomes are measured in class and clinical activities. In the undergraduate program, student learning outcomes are summarized below:

Curriculum StrandCompetencies/Outcomes
Nursing ProcessUses the nursing process effectively as a basis for making evolving clinical judgments while intervening therapeutically with patients in various health states, and developmental levels to restore, maintain, and promote health and to prevent illness.
Critical ThinkingDemonstrates use of critical thinking in making clinical judgments and decisions relevant to patient and nursing problems in a variety of settings.
ResearchUses clinical judgement to apply research findings in the provision of nursing care to enhance the quality of care. 
CommunicationTo facilitate clinical judgment, the student communicates and collaborates, and listens effectively with patients, peers, and health team members to ensure quality patient nursing care, and to foster supportive, personal, and professional growth.
LeadershipFunctions appropriately in leader and follower roles when using clinical judgment to provide safe, organized, and holistic nursing care, being a change agent, and serving as a patient advocate.
Teaching/LearningDemonstrates clinical judgment through the use of teaching/learning principles to provide patients in various health states with the knowledge and skills necessary for health living: physically, spiritually, psychologically, and socially.
Christian PrinciplesDemonstrates commitment to Christian principles, professional ethics and standards of practice and is accountable for using clinical judgment in nursing practice and professional growth.
Global PerspectiveUsing clinical judgment and global perspective to provide nursing care including cultural consideration, servant-leadership, and principles of resource conservation and stewardship.

A summary report of all program outcomes including student learning outcomes can be obtained by contacting Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean of Nursing at


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Fax: 501-279-4669

Mailing address:
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Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-5615