Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

UACCH LPN Program Application 2015 -2016


The Practical Nursing Program provides an educational curriculum leading to a technical certificate. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves the program of study. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses.

The goal of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide entry-level knowledge, skills, and employment skills for the graduate nurse. Specific entrance requirements, progression, attendance, criminal background checks, drug screening, and grading policies apply to the Practical Nursing Certificate Program. Due to clinical placement requirements, the student criminal record may be reason for rejection or withdrawal of admission. Contact the Program Director for further information.

Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.
Practical Nursing Program applications are available March 1 through May 1. Deadline for application into the program is May 1. Courses taken in Spring of application year will be considered in the application process. Entrance into the program is based on space availability, time of prerequisite completion, total entrance score, and criminal background clearance. All applicants must complete background checks and a cognitive ability test (CAT) before May 1st of the application year. The CAT will be at the expense of the applicant. Applicant will receive a total entrance score using the 4 pre-requisite courses GPA x10 plus the CAT score. Applicants will be ranked and selected based on their total entrance scores. Specific entrance policies are available in the program brochure.

A current American Heart Association CPR certification and current health card (TB Skin Test) is required prior to clinical experience. NURS courses do not follow the typical college schedule. In order to provide a variety of learning experiences, students are scheduled clinical rotations at health care agencies throughout the surrounding area. Clinical hours include day, evening, night, and weekend rotations.


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Course Requirements ACTS Index Number* Credit Hours 
Prerequisite Courses   12-14 
BIOL  1003  Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIOL  1013  Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II 
BIOL  2214  Human Anatomy and Physiology I  BIOL 2404
BIOL  2224  Human Anatomy and Physiology II  BIOL 2414
BIOL  2203  Nutrition 
MATH  1083  AAS Math Health Professions (or)
MATH 1053 College Algebra MATH 1103


Students whose COMPASS score is less than or equal to 83 Reading on COMPASS or a score of 19 Reading on ACT must have successful completion of ENGL 0063 Reading or ENGL 0063 Literacy and ENGL 0053 Advanced Writing (Comp I ready by scores or coursework).

Upon acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program the following courses are required for completion.

Course Requirements   Credit Hours 
Summer II   4 
NURS  1103  Nursing Concepts I 
NURS  1001  Medication Calculations 
Fall Semester   17 
NURS  1105  Nursing Concepts II 
NURS  1012  Gerentological Nursing 
NURS  1004  Clinical Practicum I 
NURS 1021 Venous Access and Therapy
NURS  1022  Maternal/Infant Nursing 
NURS  1002  Pharmacology I 
NURS  2021  Mental Health Nursing 
Spring Semester   21 
NURS  2002  Pharmacology II 
NURS  2008  Nursing of Adults 
NURS  2012  Pediatric Nursing 
NURS  2019  Clinical Practicum II 
Total 54-56


Note: BIOL 2214, BIOL 2224, and BIOL 2203 are accepted for credit by the UAMS Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. BIOL 1003 BIOL 1013, and MATH 1083 are non-transferable credits.



The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.”  Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.