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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPN to RN Bridge, Associate of Applied Science

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The LPN to RN Bridge prepares Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses. The program begins each January. 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

The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN, 3334 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020 or contact by web:

The curriculum in nursing is a fulltime program, requiring a fulltime commitment from its students. The faculty of the Department of Nursing strongly discourages its students from fulltime or part-time employment. Students with financial difficulties should discuss alternatives to employment with the Financial Aid Office. For information about the Nursing Student Loan Program visit the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website at The schedule of students requires a flexible lifestyle as clinical experience is held at area facilities during assigned hours which may be days or evenings. Because of this, transportation, child care and any employment should be considered prior to entry into the nursing program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Advocate for patient and families in ways that promotes their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.(Human Flourishing)

  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.(Nursing Judgment)

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidenced-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.(Professional Identity)

  • Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities.(Spirit of Inquiry)

Required AGS Courses:16 Credits

  • Students begin in the Associate of General Studies. Required courses from the Associate of General Studies are to be completed prior to program entry include:


  • BIOL 2214 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
  • NOTE: Absolute pre-req to NURS 2158 Requires Fundamentals of Chemistry (waived for HS Chemistry with B or better in both semesters) or General Biology for majors, or Fundamentals of A & P; required for A&P I.


  • ENGL 1013 - English Composition I Credits: 3
  • NOTE: Absolute Prereq to NURS 2158


  • MAT 1013 - Mathematics for Career and Technology Credits: 3
  • 3 Hours of Math Required Math is a pre-req to Chemistry unless Chemistry taken in HS with B or better 2 semesters. ET 1134 (previously MAT 1134) Applied Algebra & Trigonometry will not be accepted as an option for the MAT requirement for this program.


  • PSYC 2003 - General Psychology Credits: 3
  • Absolute pre-req to NURS 2158; pre-req to PSYC 2103 Human Growth and Development.


  • CIS 1103 - Introduction to Information Technology Credits: 3
  • NOTE: Not an absolute pre-req, but desirable for success in competitive application to program.


  • Current un-encumbered LPN License is required. Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites (Sciences taken no longer than 5 years previous to application) are ready to apply to the LPN-RN Program. Applicants who have taken or enrolled in a science course more than two times and have not earned a grade of C or better will be advised to consider application to other programs. Withdrawals are counted as an enrollment. The RN Director may review applicant’s grades for special admission consideration. Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken. NURS courses in the LPN-RN Program must be taken in sequence. Failure of any NURS course prevents progression in the program.


First Semester: 22 Credits

Second Semester (Summer): 7 Credits

Third Semester: 18 Credits

Grand Total: 63 Credits

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