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Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing

Advising Coordinator: Autumn Perkins

Phone: 479-788-7841

College Website: College of Health Sciences

Department Website: College of Health Sciences-BSN


Undergraduate Catalog


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
  • Accelerated BSN program for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admittance

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
  • Community/Public/Home Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Flight/Trauma/Transport Nursing
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Gynecology/Obstetric Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Operating Room Nursing
  • Organ Procurement and Transplant
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • School Nursing
  • Surgery/Post Anesthesia/ Recovery
  • Trauma Nursing
  • Travel 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.


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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

Nursing is a varied and interesting profession that affords the nurse exceptional opportunities.  As a nurse you can work in hospitals, health-care agencies, clinics, medical offices, correctional facilities, community agencies, armed services and government, schools, insurance or managed care companies and other places. A degree in nursing allows you to focus your career on an area of choice, change your special focus when your interests change, and continue your education when you want to provide yourself with additional opportunities for growth.


You can continue your education and earn advanced degrees in nursing such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, health care administrator, nurse practitioner, forensic specialists, informatics, and nurse anesthetist among other exciting possibilities. 


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 make a difference, save and improve lives, recommend healthcare policy, teach people how to achieve better health and to advocate for others to assure that they receive the best healthcare possible.


Special Application Procedures

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

  • Application deadline for Traditional BSN program-fall class: March 1
  • Application deadline for Traditional BSN program-spring class: October 1
  • Application deadline for the Accelerated BSN program-fall class: March 1


Internship Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Opportunities 


Academic Clubs and Organizations

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


Graduates are employed with:

  • Mercy
  • Baptish Health
  • Summit Medical Center
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Northwest Health Systems
  • Northwest Medical Center
  • Washington Regional Medical Center
  • Peachtree Hospice
  • Choctaw Clinic
  • Saint Francis Hospital



The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing also has approval from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.