The practical nursing program prepares students for the national licensure exam for practical nurses. Students spend time in the classroom and in clinical experiences. Instruction consists of theory and supervised practice in areas required by the State Board of Nursing. Clinical labs are completed in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Clinical practicum is planned to provide students with varied experiences; therefore, students may have a portion of their clinical experience in facilities in Morrilton, Clinton, Conway, or Russellville. Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for the National Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing.
A grade of “C” is necessary to pass each of the required practical nursing courses. Students who do not meet this requirement for lecture courses must apply for re-admission to the Academic Standards Committee before being permitted to continue in the program. Students should consult the Admissions Office for specific selection criteria for admission to the nursing program. Admission to the College does not necessarily qualify a student for admission to the Practical Nursing program. A minimum 2.0 GPA and good academic standing is required for admission to the Practical Nursing Program. Students earn a technical certificate upon completion of the program requirements.