The Department of Nursing at North Arkansas College provides an associate degree education for those qualified individuals who want to provide direct patient care as members of the health care delivery system. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, University Tower Building, Suite 800, 1123 South University, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619, phone: 501-686-2700 or at www.arsbn.org.
The Registered Nursing nursing programs at North Arkansas College located in Harrison, Arkansas are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the registered nursing program is continuing accreditation.
The curriculum in Nursing is a full-time program, requiring a full-time commitment from its students. The faculty of the Department of Nursing strongly discourages its students from full-time employment. Students with financial difficulties should discuss alternatives to employment with the Financial Aid Office. The student’s schedule requires a flexible lifestyle as clinical experience is held at area facilities during assigned hours which may be days, evenings, or weekends. Because of this, transportation, child care, and any employment should be considered prior to entry into the nursing program. Some classes may require more than the scheduled time (i.e. individual practice time in the nursing lab) for an individual student to meet the learning objectives. Students should plan schedules to be able to meet these learning expectations.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the North Arkansas College RN or RN Bridge Program should be able to:
- Utilize therapeutic communication and serve as patient advocate to promote patient-centered care. (Human Flourishing)
- Apply principles of clinical reasoning using collaboration and teamwork to promote safe quality care. (Nursing Judgment)
- Seek out learning opportunities using technology to integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise for delivery of optimal health care. (Spirit of Inquiry)
- Demonstrate professional behavior that reflects accountability and ethical nursing practice. (Professional Identity)
Program Application: Once pre-requisites are completed, an application may be submitted to the RN Program.
Immunizations and CPR training are not required before acceptance into the program.
Program Acceptance: Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken. NURS courses in the RN Program must be taken in sequence. Failure of any NURS course prevents progression in the program. After acceptance into the program, proof of immunizations, CPR Certification are required. A criminal background check and drug screen will be arranged by the Program Director prior to being assigned to a clinical site.