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2024-2025 Catalog DRAFT (working copy for edits) 
    
2024-2025 Catalog DRAFT (working copy for edits)

Practical Nursing, T.C.

Location(s): Crossett, McGehee


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The Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing with regular evaluations to ensure a quality education in the nursing field. The program is designed to prepare qualified individuals to meet community-nursing needs to perform those functions that are generally recognized as being within the scope of practical nursing and where the skill of registered nursing is not required.

To be considered for the Practical Nursing Program, an applicant must:

  1. Complete the ACT, ACCUPLACER, or SAT exam with the required program entrance scores;
  2. Be a high school graduate or high school equivalency (GED) graduate;
  3. Complete UAM requirements for admission to the University;
  4. Attend and complete all required orientations, appointments, assessments, and study sessions;
  5. Declare his/her chosen PN track in writing and apply for the program; and
  6. Successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. With the exception of mathematics, English, and computer courses, all Practical Nursing program prerequisites must have been completed within the past five (5) years with a grade of “C” or higher.

Any applicant who meets all stated conditions/requirements will be considered part of the applicant pool. The applicant pool will be ranked based upon academic and other specific criteria outlined in a separate publication. The number of applicants accepted into the program will not exceed Arkansas State Board maximums for instructor-student ratio. If selected applicants fail to meet stated conditions/requirements, alternate applicants will be accepted into the program, provided he/she has met all stated conditions/requirements.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Colleges of Technology Practical Nursing Program does not offer advanced placement or the transfer of nursing credit from other institutions for the Practical Nursing Technical Certificate or the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Degree.

A student has the option of completing a technical track or an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Degree track through the Practical Nursing Program. Successful completion of the practical nursing program requirements under either the technical track or the AASN track will result in a one-year technical certificate and academic eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN Exam.

A student in the technical track should be aware that if he/she subsequently pursues the UAM Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN), the UAM Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree, or a Registered Nurse (RN) program, he/she would be required to complete all prerequisites required for those individual programs. Information regarding the UAM Associate of Applied Science Nursing (LPN-RN Fast Track Program) and the UAM Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs can be found in the Division of Nursing section elsewhere in this catalog.

Prerequisites for students seeking an Associate of Applied Science Nursing (AASN) degree and a Practical Nursing Technical Certificate:


One of the following:


Note:


* Specific substitutions may be accepted for NA 1017. Contact the Practical Nursing Program Director for more information.

Prerequisites for students seeking only a Practical Nursing Technical Certificate:


Note:


* Specific substitutions may be accepted for NA 1017. Contact the Practical Nursing Program Director for more information.

Progression in the Nursing Sequence:


A minimum grade of “C” in each nursing course is required for progression in the nursing sequence.

Conviction of a Crime


The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) has the authority to deny licensure to any person who has been convicted of a crime. Conviction of a crime may prevent a student from taking clinical courses, the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or becoming licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). If you have any questions or have been convicted of a crime of any type, go to the ASBN website Rules and Regulations/Licensing 17-87-312 for more information, see the following link: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/arsbn-laws-rules and make an appointment with the appropriate College of Technology Practical Nursing department chair or counselor. Any violations or convictions during enrollment in the Practical Nursing program may result in dismissal from the program.

*Practical Nursing Technology students may choose to continue their studies and earn an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology degree. There are two options for completion of this degree plan. Details of requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology degree are found in the Division of General Studies section of this catalog.

Note:


Technical courses required for this program may be transferable toward a limited number of associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact advisor for information regarding transferability.

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