The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received initial approval for its pre-licensure nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
The school announced that enrollment in the program will be open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.
School officials say the addition of the nursing program is among the recent academic improvements it has made within the past year on campus.
Other programs include the opening of the STEM Building and Conference Center, a new fitness center and expansion of the Summer Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students program.
The school says student applications for the fall semester have increased by more than 30 percent.