The practical nursing program combines classroom instruction, simulated patient care, and clinical experience to prepare graduates for a successful career in nursing. After graduation, students are eligible to apply for the national examination (NCLEX-PN) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, for licensure as a practical nurse (LPN).
Individuals interested in enrolling in the program must take the entrance exam administered by the college and must have a high school diploma, or equivalent (GED).
Prospective students will be required to:
- complete an application for the nursing program
- electronically sign the PN application to acknowledge understanding of the Nurse Practice Act Annotated Code 17-87-312 regarding criminal offenses and licensure.
- possess physical and mental abilities essential for safe and effective client care
- have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
- pass random drug screens once enrolled in and throughout the PN program
- complete all pre-professional curricula
- have an evaluation of GPA on pre-professional courses
- attend orientation on the scheduled date(s)
- take the nursing entrance exam on a scheduled date
A minimum score of 58.7 on the entrance exam is required in order to be eligible for the program. Approximate cost of the entrance exam is $65.00 and is the responsibility of the applicant. This exam must be taken at least 6 months apart for repeaters. Exam scores are good for one year (two application sessions) only.
Once selected, students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background check in order to be accepted into the program. The cost of this background check is approximately $60.00 and is the responsibility of the student. Applicants must complete all enrollment requirements and submit all documents to the Office of Student Affairs before the student selection for each class is made.
All advisees for the Nursing program must meet with their advisor each semester. It is recommended that you schedule your appointment once mid-term grades have been posted so that your current course progress may be assessed. Instructor office hours are posted at the nursing department reception window. Appointments should be scheduled during these times. Please bring with you a copy of your degree plan, midterm grades, demographic page, and unofficial transcript to your appointment.
All students, according to the Nurse Practice Act §17-87-312, will be mandated by state law to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background check by the Arkansas State Police and the FBI, at the student’s expense. Persons convicted of certain crimes may not be eligible to take the state board examination. Completion of this program does not guarantee eligibility to write state board examination according to the Nurse Practice Act §17-87-312.For more information on background checks, go to http://www.arsbn.org/Websites/arsbn/images/CBCDocumentation.pdf or contact Karen McCumpsey, MNSc, RN, CNE, Arkansas State Board of Nursing Assistant Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practical Nursing program meets the minimum requirements for approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.