The Practical Nursing program prepares students to take the national licensure exam for practical nurses to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Students spend time in the classroom and in clinical experiences. 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, Conway, Russellville, Clinton or other areas as needed.
This program prepares students to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. Instruction consists of theory and supervised practice in diverse health care facilities.
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.
Admission into the UACCM Practical Nursing Program is a competitive process. A class of 24 students begins each Spring (January) and Summer (May). Students attempting to enter the Practical Nursing program must be admitted to UACCM by March 1 for the Summer class and October 1 for the Spring class. Note: Students who have not attended class or completed an admission application within the last 12 months at UACCM are required to complete a new College Admission Application.
There are a number of steps which must be completed before a student can be considered for the Practical Nursing program.
- Complete and submit the Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program online or visit the Health Professions and Natural Sciences office in the Kirk Building (Suite 100) to obtain a printed application. Printed applications will need to be returned to the Health Professions and Natural Sciences office once completed.
- Go to the Student Account window in the University Center and pay for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). If you are submitting previous TEAS points (taken within the last 3 years), payment for the test is not necessary.
- Take the TEAS at UACCM during one of the advertised dates and times held prior to the application deadline. To schedule a date and time to take the test, eligible students taking the TEAS for this application period should contact the Administrative Specialist for Health Professions and Natural Sciences. Students must meet all entrance requirements to be eligible to take the test. Students will only be allowed to take the TEAS one time per application period. Previous TEAS points from UACCM taken within the last three years may be considered. In order for a previous score to be used to determine eligibility, the student must submit a copy of the test results with the program application. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver the scores to Room 100 in the Kirk Building on campus.
Due to the limited seats and test dates available, students who have applied to the UACCM Practical Nursing program will be given priority to the available test appointments. Students applying to other programs and schools may be scheduled to take the TEAS if seats are available.
Any student who has previously been in the Practical Nursing program at UACCM must follow the Readmission/Progression Policy.
Students who score below these placement scores must complete any remedial courses prior to entering the Practical Nursing program. The ACT, COMPASS, and ACCUPLACER test scores are good for 5 years.
- 19 – ACT English
- 19 – ACT Reading
- 17– ACT Mathematics
- 80 – COMPASS Writing
- 83 – COMPASS Reading
- 27 – COMPASS Algebra
- 83 – Classic ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
- 78 – Classic ACCUPLACER Reading
- 48 – Classic ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra
- 260 – ACCUPLACER NG Writing
- 252 – ACCUPLACER NG Reading
- 230 – ACCUPLACER NG QAS
Remedial Courses that may be required are:
- ACAD 0303 Basic Composition
- ACAD 0213 Reading
- MATH 0803 Basic Algebra or MATH 1253 Applied Technical Math
Students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the Practical Nursing program: BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and NUTR 1503 Nutrition. Students may be enrolled in the prerequisite courses at the time of application to the Practical Nursing program. Only prerequisites that appear on the student’s official transcript at the time of application will count toward the total points for selection.
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic standing in order to be accepted in to the Practical Nursing program.
Students who have been suspended from UACCM for the possession or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs, or the unlawful possession and use of alcohol will be ineligible to make application to the Practical Nursing program.
Students must submit a Practical Nursing Program Application, including all documentation, by March 1 for the Summer semester or October 1 for the Spring semester. If the deadline to submit the application falls on a Saturday, Sunday and/or holiday for which the campus is closed, the deadline will be the next business day in which the campus is open.
Students who are selected for admission into the Practical Nursing program must submit to the Division of Health Professions and Natural Sciences office current proof of tuberculosis screening and/or tuberculosis prevention. A mandatory information session will be held at which time information on the required background check will be given; this check must be started before the beginning of the program, and the results must be satisfactory in order to remain in the program. By the first day of class, students are required to provide copies of all required documentation to the Division of Health Professions and Natural Sciences office. Students failing to submit the required documentation within the prescribed time frame will be removed from the program.
The application is only good for one admission period. Students who decline a position or who were not selected as a candidate must submit a new application the next application period to be considered for admission to the program.
Background Checks Upon Admission
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a Practical 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 and is determined by the ASBN. The student will be required to sign statements, before beginning the Practical Nursing program, that states the student has read and understood Arkansas Nurse Practice Acts, ACA §17-87-312, and ACA §17-3-102 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contendere, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas.
Students will be required to complete a background check by the first day of the Practical Nursing program. Students will be conditionally admitted to the Practical Nursing program for up to two weeks pending the receipt of a satisfactory background check. If the student is unsuccessful in obtaining a satisfactory background check, the student will be removed from the Practical Nursing program. Students may contact the Program Chair of Nursing (501-977-2002) for additional information.
Selection of Candidates
The Practical Nursing Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the best-qualified applicants for admission to the Practical Nursing program. A Practical Nurse Selection Rating Form will be used to assign points to each applicant according to the TEAS test and education points. Students must score a minimum of 275 points in order to be considered for the program. If the total score was not at least 275, students may schedule an appointment with their advisor, a nursing faculty, or the Program Chair of Nursing (501-977-2002) to discuss ways to improve points. After the tabulation of points, the applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest. Students will be selected for admission into the program based upon the number of points received from the selection criteria. In the event of a tie, the students with the same score will be ranked according to the application date.
UACCM is committed to the elimination of all discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicap. The College seeks to comply with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations, including those that promote equal protection and equal opportunities for students, employees, and applicants.