Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.

LPN/LPTN-to-RN Transition

This program »combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences.? Eight community colleges with PN programs have joined together to form a consortium, the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC). ARNEC offers a new and innovative approach via a non-traditional delivery format of nursing theory by interactive video.? The following institutions are members of the ARNEC program:? Arkansas State University (ASU-N) – Newport, Black River Technical College (BRTC) – Pocahontas, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas (CCCUA) – Nashville/DeQueen, Ozarka College (OC) – Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College (SACC) – El Dorado, Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) - Mena, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH), and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM).

The program at UACCM will serve up to 48 students. Theory (nursing lectures) will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. and clinical time will primarily take place on weekends. This program was designed to meet the needs of working LPNs/LPTNs/LVNs.

This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree which prepares them to take the NCLEX-RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination). Due to the strenuous nature of the nursing curriculum, the admitting institution reserves the right to determine eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the nursing program. Eligibility is determined by the faculty’s evaluation of the student’s ability to perform the tasks and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse and to complete the clinical and course objectives. These abilities are re-evaluated during and after each course.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must show proof of:

  • Completion of an ARNEC program application packet online
  • Graduation from a State Board approved technical/Practical Nursing program
  • Possess a valid, unencumbered LPN/LPTN/LVN license
  • Completion of the required general education courses from an accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants may lack one of the required general education courses by August 31, but all required general education courses must be completed by the time nursing courses begin the following January. Additional courses taken concurrently with nursing courses must be approved by the Division Chair of Health Professions and Natural Sciences and/or Vice Chancellor of Academic Services.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above. GPA is composed of the overall required general education courses.
  • Signed Mental and Physical Abilities statement
  • An official high school transcript (or GED completion transcript)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • All classes are taught in the English language, making it necessary that students are able to read, speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently. All international students and students who speak English as a second language must pass a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Taking the assigned pre-entrance exam
  • Drug screen (per admitting institution protocol)

Students will be ranked and selected based on required general education course GPA and NACE (comprehensive exam) scores. Students must comply with the admission requirements set forth by the admitting institution in addition to the ARNEC entrance requirements.


Applicants that are selected for admission must notify the ARNEC institution that they will be attending to verify and accept placement. Upon acceptance into the program, the student must provide the following:

  • Current American Heart Association: Healthcare Provider CPR course (AHA/BLS-HCP)
  • Current TB Screening/Clearance
  • Verification of the following immunizations: varicella (or titer proving immunity), influenza, and Hep B (must be completed/started or a Waiver Claim Form signed that the Hepatitis B series has been completed, started or declined).
  • Applicants may lack one of the required general education courses by August 31. All required general education courses must be completed by the time nursing courses begin the following January. No additional classes may be taken concurrently with nursing classes without approval/consent of the Division Chair of Health Professions and Natural Sciences and/or Vice Chancellor of Academic Services.
  • Applicants must complete and pass the background check. An instruction sheet will be provided to the applicant (cost is approximately $53.00). The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. The student will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states the student has read and understands ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. Students can access the information at

Students selected for admission will receive a letter of acceptance into the program before preregistration for spring courses, and will need to provide the admitting institution a written letter stating that they are accepting the invitation and will enroll in the program.? This letter can be emailed to the Division Chair of Health Professions and Natural Sciences, faxed, or brought to the Nursing Department in person. ?If the student chooses to email or fax their letter of acceptance, they should follow up by calling the Nursing Department to make sure it was received. In the event that the student does not plan to enroll, the student needs to notify the institution so that an alternate student may have the slot. Each institution will have an alternate list of students in the case of a selected student declining his/her acceptance letter.

Academic Progression

In order to progress in the nursing curriculum, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must maintain a 2.0 “C” grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all general education and nursing classes, including Nursing Practicum, to progress to the next semester. Nursing courses require students to achieve at least a 78% (lowest “C” grade) to progress.
  • See Graduation Policy below to review the final comprehensive exit exam that must be passed for program completion.

Re-admission Candidates

Re-admission will be decided by the admitting institution. A student who fails or leaves the program for any reason will be permitted one opportunity to re-enroll (regardless of which semester).? The student has the right to appeal to the administration of the admitting institution and should follow that institution’s appeal procedures.


Due to differences in nursing curriculum in other nursing programs, ARNEC will not accept transfer credit for previously taken Registered Nursing courses.? Students who were enrolled in another program will follow the same requirements and admission procedures as students who have never attended another nursing program.

Advanced Placement of Students

Refer to the Advanced Placement of Students policy in the admitting college’s catalog.

Note to All Applicants

ARNEC faculty reserves the right to alter the curriculum and admission policies whenever change is deemed necessary.

Graduation Policy

Students must have successfully completed all general education courses and all nursing courses with a grade of “C” or better. Upon completion, the student’s status will be submitted to the State Board of Nursing declaring that the student wishes to sit for the licensing examination.

In addition, students must successfully complete the ATI Comprehensive Predictor (comprehensive exit exam):

  • The Comprehensive Predictor grade will be placed in the NCLEX Preparation Course 2311.
  • Students must show successful completion of the NCSBN 21 Day Review by the assigned date to take the ATI Comprehensive Predictor. (NCSBN 21 Day Review is not a grade, but a prerequisite to take the ATI Comprehensive Predictor).
    1. Failure to complete the NCSBN 21 Day Review will result in a grade of “I” until the student provides proof of successful completion. If the student exceeds the perspective institutions policy regarding grades of “I” converting to grades of “F”, the student will receive a grade of “F” in the NCLEX Preparation Course 2311.
  • If the student passes/fails the predictor their grade will be assigned as follows:
    1. Passes the first attempt: 100%
    2. Passes the second attempt: 89%
    3. Passes the third attempt: 83%
    4. Fails the third attempt : “I”
  1. At the student’s cost, the student will be required to complete the ATI Online NCLEX Review with Tutor. This tutor will inform both the student and program chair when the student has demonstrated the ability to successfully pass the NCLEX exam. The student must also successfully complete the Comprehensive Predictor with ATI. After these requirements are met, the student’s grade of “I” will be converted to an 83%. It is recommended that the student complete the ATI Online NCLEX Review with Tutor within 6 weeks of their third unsuccessful attempt at the ATI Comprehensive Predictor.
  • Successful completion of the ATI NCLEX Review with Tutor and successful completion of the ATI Comprehensive Predictor exceeding the perspective institutions policy regarding grades of “I” converting to grades of “F”, will result in the student receiving a grade of “F” in the NCLEX Preparation Course 2311.
  1. Students receiving an “F” in NCLEX Preparation Course 2311 will not successfully meet course requirements and transcripts will not be released to take state boards.

After the student passes the final comprehensive exit exam, they will complete the remaining 50 percent of the NCLEX-RN Preparation Course. The remaining 50 percent of this course is completed via an online review course that students complete at the end of the fall semester.

Due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., unacceptable criminal background check), graduation from the ARNEC LPN/LPTN-to-RN Transition program does NOT automatically enable the student to sit for the NCLEX-RN.? This is determined by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.