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

Registered Nursing, Associate of Applied Science

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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

The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3334 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020 or at

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)


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

Required AGS Courses: 13 Credits

First Semester: 14 Credits

  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites (Sciences taken no longer than 5 years previous to application) are ready to apply to the 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. Certification as a Nursing Assistant is not required. Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken. NURS courses in the Traditional RN Program must be taken in sequence. Failure of any NURS course prevents progression in the program.


  • PSYC 2103 - Human Growth and Development Credits: 3 Pre-req to NURS 2114 for progression in the program
  • BIOL 2224 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
  • NURS 1107 - Fundamentals of Nursing Credits: 7

Third Semester: 15 Credits

Fourth Semester: 12 Credits

Grand Total: 66 Credits

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