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Registered Nursing (LPN/LVN to RN Transition)

Degree Associate of Applied Science
Degree Plan Degree Plan

This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. Six community colleges with LPN programs have joined together to form 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
  • Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas (CCCUA) – Nashville/DeQueen
  • Ozarka College (OC) – Melbourne
  • Rich 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 up to forty 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 which prepares them to take the NCLEX-RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination).

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.

For more information or to download the ARNEC application packet, please visit the ARNEC website at http://www.arnec.org.

Note: The "Apply" button below links to CCCUA's online admission application. You will also need to download and complete the ARNEC application packet from the ARNEC website.

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