Oct 21, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Registered Nursing

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs

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)

Required AGS Courses: 13 Credits

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

  • Credits: 3 NOTE: Absolute prereq to program
  • Credits: 3 or higher. Math is a prereq to Chemistry unless Chemistry is 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.
  • Credits: 4 Absolute prereq to NURS 2158. BIOL 2214 requires Fundamentals of Chemistry (or HS Chemistry with a B or better in both semesters) or General Biology for majors, or Fundamentals of A&P.
  • Credits: 3

  • 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.


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.


  • Credits: 3 Pre-req to NURS 2114 for progression in the program
  • Credits: 4
  • Credits: 7

Third Semester: 15 Credits

Fourth Semester: 12 Credits

Grand Total: 66 Credits

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs