About this course
This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. Eight community colleges with LPN programs have joined 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) – Newport, Black River Technical College (BRTC) – Pocahontas, UA Cossatot (UA Cossatot) – Nashville/De Queen, Ozarka College (OC) – Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College (SACC) – El Dorado, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM), University of Arkansas at Hope (UACCH), and Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) -- Mena.
Each program will serve from sixteen to forty-eight students at each of the eight colleges. Theory (nursing lectures) will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30 – 8:30 PM and most clinical time will take place on weekends.
This program was designed to meet the needs of working LPNs/LVNs. This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree that 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.