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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing (January Class), Technical Certificate

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The certificate program admits students twice a year: April 15 (application deadline) for an August start, and Oct. 15 (application deadline) for a January start. Classroom instruction is coordinated with clinical experience in the nursing care of patients at the local hospital and nursing homes. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The PN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and traditionally has a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN. The PN program also is ranked second in Arkansas by www.practicalnursing.org.


  • To be eligible for admission the student must:
  • Be accepted as a student in the college.
  • Complete and submit the PN Program application or printable application by April 15 for the August class and October 15 for the January class. The application for admission must be renewed yearly. Applicants applying after the deadline will be considered for admission if space is available and they meet the admission criteria stated in the admission requirements.
  • Have completed the ACT or ACCUPLACER Test and have scores sent to Northark. Transfer students must submit a complete transcript.
  • Must complete all college preparatory classes based on scores on the ACT or ACCUPLACER Test with a “C” or above before being accepted into the PN Program.
  • Have official high school transcript or GED scores sent to the Admissions Office at Northark.
  • Have official transcripts from colleges/universities attended sent to the Admissions Office at Northark. Must hold a 2.5 grade point average or higher for entry into the program.
  • Complete the prerequisite course BIOL 1434 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 2214 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2224 Anatomy and Physiology II with a minimum grade of a “C”. It must be successfully completed within five years of entry into the program.
  • Have a CNA license and submit it with the application.
  • Submit a completed health form on the first day of class verifying good physical and mental health.
  • Submit to a urine 10 panel drug screen.
  • Submit the following immunizations on the first day of class:
  • MMR - MMR screening or vaccination - series of 2
  • Hepatitis B screening or vaccination - series of 3
  • Tdap within the last 10 years.  The Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) immunization is needed every 10 years to remain protected.
  • Tuberculin (TB) skin test - 2 within the last year (two-step or annual)
  • Varicella - series of 2 vaccines or positive titer
  • Be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) “healthcare provider course” prior to entry in the PN Program. Students must maintain certification throughout the program.  CPR must be obtained through the American Heart Association.
  • Students must carry malpractice insurance which is obtained each semester when paying fees.
  • Students who are offered a place in an entering class must accept by phone or writing by the date indicated on the acceptance letter or the position will be given to the next alternate.
  • Attend an all day orientation session prior to starting the program.
  • Upon admission to the program, the student will submit to a criminal background check prior to clinical experience. Students will also submit to a federal and Arkansas criminal background check during the last 8 weeks of the PN Program. All persons seeking initial licensure as a nurse in Arkansas are required to undergo a federal and Arkansas criminal background check. If you have pled guilty or been convicted of a crime, you must check this on the PN Program application. If an applicant has been convicted, pleaded guilty, or nolo contendere to any offence listed in Act 1208 or 1999, he/she is not eligible for Arkansas licensure.  Act 1208 and 1999 provides opportunity to request a waiver of eligibility criteria related to a criminal background in certain circumstances. If you need additional information, contact the Director of the PN Program.
  • Falsification of any information in the application process may result in dismissal from the program. All PN classes must be successfully completed with a “C” or above, including Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Program Application Required:  Yes (Application Link)


Major Code: 4660
Advising: Jennifair Ditmanson, (870) 391-3369, jditmanson@northark.edu
Advising Center: M184, South Campus, (870) 391-3115

The My Academic Plan (MAP) serves as a guideline to graduate in four semesters. The Key Milestones/Prerequisites listed for each semester highlight significant achievements that must be completed in the degree track. Students who do not follow the four-semester plan and/or who do not complete identified milestones may jeopardize their financial aid (if applicable) and/or delay graduation.

Academic Preparedness

Northark recognizes the important connection between student success and academic preparedness. Students may be required to complete one or more of the following courses before enrolling in college level courses. Summer and/or intercession courses may be required to graduate within four semesters. Developmental course credits earned do not count towards degree completion requirements.

Possible Prerequisite Courses


Students must complete each required course in the remainder of this MAP with a minimum grade of “C” to obtain this degree.


(Students register in the Pre-Allied Health CP and complete the following courses from that degree)

Total Credits: 4-10

  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites and have a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Certificate are ready to apply to the Practical Nursing Program.
  • Upon written program acceptance into the program, the following courses are taken. Failure of any class prevents progression in the program. PN courses for the August class cohort must be taken in the following sequence:

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 9

Total Credits: 15

Grand Total Credits: 42

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