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Degrees AAS Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing

    Mission Statement   This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. Eight LPN programs have joined together to form a consortium, the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC). ARNEC offers a new and innovative approach via a nontraditional 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) – DeQueen
  • Ozarka College (OC) – Melbourne
  • Rick Mountain Community College (RMCC) - Mena
  • South Arkansas Community College (SACC) – El Dorado
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH)
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) 
The program will serve a variety of students at each of the eight distance learning sites. Theory (nursing lectures) will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30 – 8:30 PM and clinical time will 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
  • Complete an ARNEC program application
  • Graduate from a State Board approved technical /practical nursing program or be deemed qualified by a State Board to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and show successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam.
  • Possess a valid, unencumbered LPN/LPTN/LVN license
  • Complete the required general education courses from an accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or better
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above. GPA is composed of the required general education courses.
  • An official high school transcript (or GED completion transcript)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • All classes are taught in the English language. Students whose native language is not English will be required to show evidence of proficiency by being able to speak, write, and comprehend the English language by taking the institution's ESL exam.
  • Drug screen (per admitting institution protocol)
Students will be ranked and selected based on required general education course GPA and the nursing entrance exam scores. Students must comply with the admission requirements set forth by the admitting institution in addition to the ARNEC 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)
  • TB health card
  • Verification that the Hepatitis B series has been completed or started, or that a Waiver Claim Form is signed.
  • Proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of (1) proof of vaccination, or (2) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
  • Proof of current Influenza Vaccination
  • ALL general education requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before nursing classes begin in January.
Applicants may lack one of the required general education courses by August 31st. All required general education courses must be successfully completed by the time nursing courses begin the following January.   Applications selected for admission will receive a letter of acceptance into the program. The reply to the acceptance letter can be emailed to the program chair, faxed, or brought to the nursing department in person. If the student chooses to email or fax their letter of acceptance, they should verify the receipt. In the event that the student does not plan to enroll, the student needs to notify the institution so that an alternate student may be selected.  
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” (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.
Re-admission Candidates Re-admission into the program will be considered on a space available basis only. Re-admission will be decided by the admitting institution. The student has the right to appeal to the administration of the admitting institution and should follow that institution’s appeal procedures.   Transfers 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.  
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. The student MUST achieve the benchmark score set by ARNEC on the standardized exit exam to complete requirements for the RNSG 2311: NCLEX-RN Preparation course. 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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., unacceptable criminal background check), graduation from the ARNEC LPN/LPTN/LVN- to- RN Transition Program does NOT automatically enable the student to sit for the NCLEX-RN. This is determined by the state board of nursing that the graduate applies for licensure to.  
  1. Provide quality, safe, holistic, patient-centered, evidence based nursing to diverse patient populations across the lifespan guided by a caring attitude.
  2. Engage in critical thinking necessary to provide quality patient care.
  3. Implement quality improvement measures for diverse patient populations.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interprofessional team.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision- making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  7. Function as a competent nurse assimilating professional, ethical, and legal guidelines in practice as a professional nurse. 


All of the courses listed below

ENGL1013 English Composition I3
ENGL1023 English Composition II3
NUTR2203 Basic Human Nutrition3
PSYC2003 General Psychology3
PSYC2313 Developmental Psychology3
RNSG2119 Nursing Process I9
RNSG2123 Nursing Practicum I3
RNSG2216 Nursing Process II6
RNSG2223 Nursing Practicum II3
RNSG2311 NCLEX-RN Preparation1
RNSG2318 Nursing Process III8
RNSG2333 Nursing Practicum III3

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

AHMA1033 Math for Allied Health3
MATH1003 Math for Health Professions3

Requirement: 12 Credits from below

BIOL2011 Microbiology Lab1
BIOL2013 Microbiology3
BIOL2014 Microbiology and Lab4
BIOL2211 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIOL2213 Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL2214 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab4
BIOL2221 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIOL2223 Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL2224 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab4

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

CIS1303 Computer Information Systems3
CPSI1003 Intro. to Computer Applications3
HIT1013 Computer Applications for Healthcare Professionals3

AAS Registered Nursing

Program Length: 30 months
Credits: 66

CIP Code: 513801

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