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.
|Course Requirements||ACTS Index Number*||Credit Hours|
|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|
|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|
|NURS||1103||Nursing Concepts I|
|NURS||1105||Nursing Concepts II|
|NURS||1004||Clinical Practicum I|
|NURS||1021||Venous Access and Therapy|
|NURS||2021||Mental Health Nursing|
|NURS||2008||Nursing of Adults|
|NURS||2019||Clinical Practicum II|
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.
*ARKANSAS COURSE TRANSFER SYSTEM (ACTS)
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 (http://adhe.edu). Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.