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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing)

Welcome to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing. This is an exciting and interesting time to be in nursing. The critical nursing shortage is leading to multiple options for those interested in the profession. Jobs are available nationwide in a wide range of settings, offering excellent salaries, with opportunities for growth. The Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing prepares nurses at a variety of levels. A 12 month technical certificate program in Practical Nursing, a 2 year Associate of Applied Science Program, a traditional 4 year Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a RN – BSN Online completion program are offered. Our students receive excellent clinical preparation within health care systems located throughout the Fort Smith and surrounding community.

The Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing has an atmosphere that is student friendly and future-oriented. Prospective students will join a community of distinguished faculty and student scholars in which students have a major role in shaping their personal futures, the future of the nursing, and the School. Students in the School of Nursing are prepared to meet current and future health care demands in today's challenging and evolving health care system. Curriculum in all programs is designed to ensure that nurses contribute as an equal partner in the interdisciplinary health care arena. You are encouraged to explore the School of Nursing web site, offering information about the many programs in nursing, to find the specific program to meet your academic goal.


The UA Fort Smith School of Nursing is proud to be an integral part of a city with a century-long tradition of organized health care and a part of a university that has served the community over six decades. Sparks Regional Medical Center was founded as St. John‟s Hospital in 1887 and established the first school of nursing in Arkansas in 1898. St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, formerly known as St. Edward Mercy Hospital, opened in 1905, with its nursing school originating in 1906. In 1928, Fort Smith High School began to offer junior college classes; UA Fort Smith has grown from that beginning.
The three institutions came together in the 1960‟s when Westark Community College offered credit courses for the students in the hospital nursing schools. In 1965, the hospitals initiated a dialogue with the college relative to establishing an associate degree nursing program. A steering committee study followed and the hospitals volunteered partial financial support to assist the Westark Community College program for six years. Westark Community College employed an ADN chairperson who began the planning year September 1, 1968, and the hospitals admitted their last classes the same month. The UA Fort Smith ADN program is accredited by the NLNAC. The program received reasonable assurance of accreditation from the NLN in May 1969 and admitted the first ADN class in September. Full NLN accreditation was received in December 1971 and has been maintained to the present day. The last NLNAC visit was October 2004.
In 1969, the practical nursing program was established at Westark College. The practical nursing program received Arkansas State Board of Nursing approval in 1969 and began preparation to admit the first class. In fall of 1970, the first class was admitted beginning each spring and again in the fall semester until 1986. Due to declining enrollments, the program was restructured and classes were admitted on a yearly basis beginning in January.
Westark Community College became known as Westark College in 1997. That same year, the Arkansas legislature granted Westark College the authority to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degrees. In January 2002, Westark College became the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith. In order to meet the ever changing health care needs of the community, the RN-BSN Online Completion Program became a part of the vision for the college in the mid 1990‟s and became a reality with the approval of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in July 2002. The first nine students were admitted into the RN-BSN Online Completion Program in spring 2003. The RN-BSN Online Completion program received initial accreditation in October 2004. To further advance the profession of nursing, a traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing was approved in the fall of 2005. The first class of traditional BSN students will graduate in spring 2010.


The mission of the UA Fort Smith Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing is consistent with the mission of UA Fort Smith by its design and program outcomes. The nursing education programs challenge students to think critically in an environment that facilitates educational mobility, personal growth, and a pattern of life-long learning. The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is to prepare graduates to integrate knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes essential for professional nursing practice.


Consistent with the vision, mission and values of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, the faculty of the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing ascribes to the following beliefs regarding a human being, health, environment, nursing and nursing education.

A client or client system is a unique holistic individual, family or community with worth, rights, and responsibilities. All clients or client systems have needs. Fulfillment of these needs occurs within the context of culture and responses to life experiences.

Health is a dynamic state that encompasses the holistic client or client system. Health results from the response to changes in the internal and external environments, occurs along the wellness/illness continuum and is influenced by personal and cultural values.

Environment is the set of conditions within which the client or client system exists. Stimuli within the internal and external environment are constantly interacting and affecting the individual, family and community’s position on the wellness/illness continuum.

Nursing uses communication, leadership and management skills to assist clients and client systems to meet needs along the wellness/illness continuum. Nursing, as an art and science, is a dynamic profession with an evolving body of knowledge that is supported by research within the profession as well as from principles and theories from other disciplines. Nursing focuses on assisting clients and client systems to meet needs along the wellness/illness continuum. Nurses use the nursing process and critical thinking in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health in culturally diverse clients throughout the lifespan. Changes in the current healthcare environment reflect an increased complexity in client needs and in delivery systems and, thus, necessitate various levels of nursing educational preparation.

Nursing education is the means by which students learn to practice nursing and is best provided in an institution of higher learning. Learning is a lifelong activity that is purposeful and motivated by individual need. The various levels of nursing education include, but are not limited to, practical nursing, associate degree nursing and baccalaureate degree nursing. Each type of nursing educational program provides a unique and valuable contribution to health care.

Practical nursing education focuses on preparing students to provide basic care specific to client needs. The licensed practical nurse is supervised directly by physicians, registered nurses and dentists in structured settings.

Associate degree nursing education combines general education and nursing courses to produce competencies allowing technical nursing practice. The associate degree nurse’s primary focus is the individual client and consideration is given to the client’s interaction within the family and community.

Baccalaureate Nursing Education expands upon the liberal arts and sciences to provide the foundation for the practice of professional nursing including care of the client, family and the community. Baccalaureate Nursing Education occurs in a facilitated learner-centered environment which considers the student’s unique needs and emphasizes preparation for graduate study.

School name:University of Arkansas - Fort SmithCarolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing
Address:5210 Grand Ave, Pendergraft Health Sciences Center 108
Zip & city:AR 72904-7362 Arkansas

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Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing Courses

Introduces the application of technology in researching healthcare information, professional writing, and use of simulation. Explores diverse technologies and basic principles for applying concepts of healthcare information science.

Foundations of professional nursing practice. Focuses on nursing history and trends, the Betty Neuman Systems Model, nursing process, and nursing roles.

Development of basic, intermediate, and advanced nursing skills. Campus laboratories are used for student practice, simulation, and demonstration of skills.

Focuses on the development of skills necessary for assessing the physical health status of both adult and pediatric clients. Skills of inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion are emphasized. Students apply classroom content in clinical and simulated laboratory situations. The course meets the UA Fort Smith BSN program’s requirement for health assessment.

An introduction to the nursing process, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention with an emphasis on major nursing concepts and basic skills. Application of these concepts and skills is accomplished in laboratory and clinical settings.

Course focuses on the care of women and children along the health and illness continuum. Students apply the nursing process to address care of the well child; child with acute, chronic and or life threatening conditions; normal pregnancy; high risk pregnancy; care of the healthy newborn and women’s health issues.

Using Neuman’s Systems Model and the Nursing Process, this course provides an overview of the physiological, psychosocial, cultural and developmental health issues of the adult population.

Explores the normal process of aging, common bio-psycho-social issues that affect older adults and organizations that assist/support aging.

Historical perspectives that influence the evolution of professional nursing from a legal, political, ethical, social, and economic standpoint are explored. Current issues, trends, and ethical dilemmas that shape the practice of professional nursing are examined. The future of nursing is viewed from a local, regional, national, and global level. Socialization into professional roles is explored.

Management and processing of information systems is analyzed through nursing research, informational science, and basic healthcare science. Information systems, which support the art and science of nursing, are studied. Various avenues for collecting, analyzing, and utilizing information in diverse healthcare settings are explored.

Provides registered nurses the opportunity to synthesize previous knowledge in a variety of clinical situations and to further develop and refine clinical practice skills. The student exercises initiative, independence, and creativity in applying the nursing process to an area of personal interest in nursing.

Theoretical knowledge of the principles of leadership and management with application of these concepts in baccalaureate nursing practice are examined.

Neuman’s Systems Model and the nursing process will be used to assist the student to address major biophysical health issues affecting the adult population.

Application of Neuman’s System Model and Nursing Process caring for acutely and critically ill adult.

Leadership in Professional Nursing
An in-depth view of nursing leadership and management in a changing healthcare environment. Emphasis placed on development of skills for the delivery of quality client care within an organization, service-learning, and application of evidence-based practice.

Theoretical basis of psychiatric and community health nursing is focus of course. Students explore the role of the nurse in the community, care of aggregates, and populations at risk. Principles of individual, group and family behaviors will facilitate the study of common psychiatric disorders and their treatment.

Health-promotion concepts are used as the foundation for transforming health-promotion practice. The student develops and teaches a community-based, health-promotion project.

Populations and communities as clients introduced, and the role of the community health nurse as a facilitator of change is explored. Emphasis on implementation and evaluation of therapeutic nursing interventions designed to improve the health of culturally diverse populations and communities.

Clinical, administrative, and financial aspects of management in healthcare systems are explored. Organizational, regulatory, and political factors that affect nursing practice and administration of healthcare are examined. Clinical-learning experiences enable the student to evaluate application of theoretical concepts to practice based situations.

A capstone course that allows the student the opportunity to reflect, integrate, and synthesize the use of critical thinking, communication skills, research, health promotion/teaching skills, leadership and management skills, and professional role development. Through the presentation of a community service-learning project and portfolio project, students model program outcomes.

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