Practical Nursing Entrance Requirements
Applicants must be high school graduates or have equivalency certification (GED), and take the Nurse Entrance Test (NET). Students are selected based on admission exam scores, prerequisite grades (76%), and questionnaire results. Selected students must pass a criminal background check and random drug screen(s) throughout the year. Students must receive all required immunizations prior to entering program. The College requires that all nursing students attain at least basic levels of performance in mathematics, reading, and English skills. Students must have an ACT score of 19 in Reading, Writing, and Math or take the ASSET/COMPASS test in the following areas: reading 43/82, writing 45/75, and math 43/44. In addition, each student must complete all prerequisite courses prior to entering the LPN program.
Enrollment is limited. The application submission deadline is for the day program is March 1st of each year. The application deadline for the evening program is August 31st of each year. Students not selected must submit a new application each year.
Re-admission into the program will be considered on a space available basis and determined by the college. A student who fails or leaves the program for any reason may be permitted one opportunity to re-enroll (regardless of which semester).
Due to differences in nursing curriculum in other nursing programs, Cossatot will not accept transfer credit or advanced placement for previously taken medical or practical 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. Students who have previously attended another nursing program must provide a “letter of good standing” from the institution.
Practical Nursing Graduation Policy
Students must have successfully completed all courses with a grade of “C” or better. 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. The student MUST achieve a score at or above the current national passing average on the final comprehensive assessment exam to complete the requirements for the final semester. . The student will be allowed to take the final comprehensive exam a total of three times. Should the student not achieve the required score after three attempts, then the student will not have completed the requirements for the course, and will not graduate or be allowed to sit for the NCLEX-PN. The student will be given an incomplete grade “I” for the final semester until the student can provide documentation of a credible PN comprehensive review course and re-take the final comprehensive exam with a score at or above the current national passing average. If the student fails to do so, the student will need to reapply to the program and take the final semester again.
Practical Nursing Curriculum (Inclusive of Pre-Requisites)
Students must complete College Reading, Developmental Writing, and Essential Math courses with a “C” or higher or show scores on ASSET, COMPASS, or ACT indicating proficiency in these areas. Pre-requisites to be completed during the fall or spring semester(s) prior to entering the LPN Program at Cossatot
Community College of the University of Arkansas:
SPD 1003 Success Strategies (first semester)
MAS 1803 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology (non-transferable) OR
BIOL 2064 Anatomy & Physiology I AND
BIOL 2074 Anatomy & Physiology II
MAS 1453 Medical Terminology