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 program begins each August. Applications are due April 1.
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 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 www.acenursing.org.
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. Students in the RN Bridge Program need a flexible schedule because 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
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)