Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Licensed Practical Nursing Application Process

The Practical Nursing Program at South Arkansas Community College, approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, is designed to prepare practical nurses to assist in providing nursing care in a variety of acute and convalescent health care environments for patients across the lifespan. Students seeking admission to the nursing program must complete all pre-nursing courses as outlined below.

The program offers a three-semester day class in El Dorado and a three-semester day class at our satellite campus in Warren in addition to a four-semester evening class in El Dorado. The day class in Warren begins each January and concludes in December, and the day class in El Dorado begins each May and concludes in April. The evening class begins on an alternating January and August schedule. Students admitted to the day class are expected to complete the program in three semesters (12 months).

Students admitted to the evening class are expected to complete the program in 4 semesters (18 months). Each unit or segment of the program must be successfully completed in order to proceed to the next level. Graduates of either of these programs will be qualified to give bedside nursing care including: administration of medications, performance of a variety of procedures requiring technical skills; and the application of scientific principles, such as sterile technique.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded the Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses. The awarding of the certificate in practical nursing is not contingent upon the successful completion of the NCLEX examination. Successful completion of the NCLEX examination allows the individual to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

There is an application deadline for each class. What do nurses do? Nurses evaluate patients and record their findings, keep records of their symptoms and progress, administer medications and help instruct the family in proper health care. These services have traditionally been performed in hospitals. However, the changing health-care delivery system in the United States has brought more choice in selecting work settings for experienced nurses. As a staff or primary care nurse, you would work in hospitals, clinics, schools and industry providing direct care to patients. With experience and additional education, you can advance to an administrative position as a head nurse, advanced practice nurse, nurse educator or supervisor.

Accreditation / Approval

The South Arkansas Community College nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the practical nursing program receive a technical certificate in nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination, which is required for practice in Arkansas.

Admission Process

Admission Process

Applicants to any of the LPN professional programs MUST:

  • Complete all general admissions procedures to the college.
  • Provide official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • If applicable complete all general admissions procedures to the college.
  • Complete all necessary basic studies requirements according to placement tests.
  • Exhibit a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale (“C” or better).
  • Complete all prerequisite nursing courses with a 2.0 or greater GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Be enrolled in no more than two (2) nursing prerequisite courses during the semester immediately prior to the semester in which the student desires admission to the LPN program (example, during the summer for fall admission or during the fall for spring admission).

All remaining prerequisite nursing courses must be successfully completed by the end of the semester prior to the beginning of the professional program. Students must complete the following: 

Licensed Practical Nursing Application Form
  • Meet with nursing academic advisor or health-science career advisor.
  • Complete and submit the Practical Nursing application.
  • Successfully complete the TEAS, achieving acceptable scores in all areas.  TEAS must be submitted by each application deadline.

Upon acceptance into the program the student will be required to:

  • Provide proof of a criminal background check required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Provide proof of an unencumbered drug screen upon request.
  • Provide proof of current AHA CPR certification—health care provider upon acceptance into the program.
  • Provide proof of PPD skin test, or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.
  • Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization series upon entry or sign Declination Statement.
  • Provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, or 2) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
  • Provide proof of current influenza vaccination upon entry into program.

Applicants will be selected based on a point system derived from a combination of cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and TEAS scores.

Students will be allowed to take the TEAS three (3) times, and the highest TEAS score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted and utilized to calculate the student's total points. Readmission of Former Students Procedure: Faculty will review the application of each student who is eligible for a second admission. In the event of readmission, the program will have to be repeated in its entirety.

If a student was accepted for admission into a program one time and did not complete the program for academic reasons, he/she is eligible for readmission into the program for a second time ONLY. If the TEAS is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it older than 12 months, the TEAS must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed. Advanced Placement: Due to differences in nursing curricula in other nursing programs, South Arkansas Community College Nursing Program will not accept transfer credit for previously taken practical nursing courses.  Students who are enrolled in another program will follow the same requirements and admission procedures as students who have never attended another nursing program.  Academic Progression: Students must complete all components of nursing courses with a grade of "C" (80) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.

Graduation Policy

Students must have successfully completed all components of each semester of the licensed practical nursing program with a minimum numerical average of 80 ("C") in order to progress to the next semester. A numerical average of less than 80 ("C") in any component of the curriculum, will result in dismissal and the program will have to be repeated in its entirety. Readmission is not automatic or assumed. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check for all graduates who are applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN's approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the examination is dependent upon meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement before beginning the nursing program that states that you have read and understood ACA 17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or found guilty of, will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access this information at the Arkansas State Board website at www.arsbn.arkansas.gov.

 

Please Note: Effective for August, 2012 Applicants: Students must be enrolled in no more than two (2) nursing prerequisite courses during the semester immediately prior to the semester in which the student desires admission to the LPN program (example, during the summer term prior to fall admission OR during the fall semester prior to spring admission). All remaining pre-nursing courses must be successfully completed by the end of the semester prior to the beginning of the professional program.

 

Applicants will be selected based on a point system derived from a combination of a cumulative GPA and TEAS scores. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS three (3) times, and the highest TEAS score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted. Applicants who are seeking re-admission into the Practical Nursing Program must submit a new application packet. If the TEAS score is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it is older than 12 months, the TEAS must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed.

Prerequisite Courses

LPN Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses
COURSE SEM. HR.
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 4
BIOL 2003 Nutrition and Diet 3
RNSG 2113 Math for Nurses 3
Total 10

Technical Certificate - El Dorado Day Program

Technical Certificate - El Dorado May (Day Program)

PRACTICAL NURSING: TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE El Dorado Day Program

PREREQUISITESCourse TitleCredit
BIOL   2064A&PI3
BIOL   206LA&P Lab1
BIOL   2003Nutrition3
MATH 2123Math for Health Professionals3
Total Credits 10
   
Nursing Course Numbers - Summer  
PRNS 1102Pharmacology I2
PRNS 1106Nursing Fundamentals & Skills6
PRNS 1111Vocational, Legal, & Ethical Issues1
PRNS 1112Body Structure and Function2
Total Credits 11
   
Nursing Course Numbers -FallCourse TitleCredit
PRNS 1101Geriatrics1
PRNS 1204Medical Surgical Nursing I4
PRNS 1212Pharmacology II2
PRNS 1222Nursing of Mothers and Infants2
PRNS 1232Nursing of Children2
PRNS 1142Practicum  I2
PRNS 1242Practicum II2
Total Credits 15
   
Nursing Course Numbers – SpringCourse TitleCredit
PRNS 1301Mental Health and Care of the Mentally Ill1
PRNS 1314Medical Surgical Nursing II4
PRNS 1302Pharmacology III2
PRNS 1353NCLEX Prep and Professional Development3
PRNS 1365Practicum III5
Total Credits 15
   
Total Program Credits 51

Technical Certificate - Warren Day Program

Technical Certificate - Warren May (Day Program)

WARREN PRACTICAL NURSING 
January Day Program
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1101Geriatrics1
P NS 1102Pharmacology I2
P NS 1106Nursing Fundamentals and Skills6
P NS 1111Vocational, Legal, and Ethical Concepts1
P NS 1112Body Structure and Function2
P NS 1142Practicum I2
Semester Total 14
 
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1204Medical Surgical Nursing I4
P NS 1212Pharmacology II2
P NS 1222Nursing Mothers and Infants2
P NS 1232Nursing of Children2
P NS 1242Practicum II2
Semester Total 12
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1301Mental Health1
P NS 1302Pharmacology III2
P NS 1314Medical Surgical Nursing II4
P NS 1365Practicum III5
P NS 1353NCLEX Preparation/Professional Development3
Semester Total15
 
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS51
 

Students must complete all components of nursing courses with a grade of "C" (80) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.

Basic Studies Requirements

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 16 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 36 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.
SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses

 

Technical Certificate - Four-Semester Evening Program

Technical Certificate - Four-Semester Evening Program

PRACTICAL NURSING Four-Semester Evening Program
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1101 Geriatrics 1
P NS 1106 Nursing Fundamentals and Skills 6
P NS 1111 Vocational, Legal, and Ethical Issues 1
P NS 1112 Body Structure and Function 2
P NS 1142 Practicum IA 2
Semester Total 12
 
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1102 Pharmacology I 2
P NS 1222 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 2
P NS 1232 Nursing of Children 2
P NS 1242 Practicum IIA 2
Semester Total 8
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1204 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
P NS 1212 Pharmacology II 2
P NS 1301 Mental Health and Care of the Mentally Ill
1
P NS 1343 Practicum IIIA 3
Semester Total 10
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
P NS 1302 Pharmacology III 2
P NS 1314 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
P NS 1353 NCLEX Preparation/Professional Development 3
P NS 1402 Practicum IVA 2
Semester Total 11
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 51

Students must complete all components of nursing courses with a grade of "C" (80) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.

Basic Studies Requirements

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 16 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 36 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.
SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses

Technical Certificate - LPN to RN Matrix

Technical Certificate - LPN to RN Matrix

LPN/LPN to RN Matrix
Pre-Nursing Courses LPN LPN to RN Hours
BIOL 2064/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I/L Required Required 4
BIOL 2003 Diet and Nutrition Required Required 3
MATH 2123 Math for Health Professionals
Required Required 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing Required 3
BIOL 2074/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II/L Required 4
MBIO 1124/L Microbiology/L Required 4
ENGL 1113 Composition I Required 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II Required 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology Required 3
PSYC 2223 Developmental Psychology OR 
Human Growth and Development
Required 3
Total Hours 10 33

Application Deadline

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a Health Science Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • All basic studies requirements.
  • All SouthArk general admission requirements
  • All prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog and webpage for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2019
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 5, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Open Now

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2019
Summer Semester

Friday
February 1, 2019
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Closed for Summer 2018

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

January 2019
Spring Semester

Friday
October 5, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Open Now

LPN-to-RN

January 2019
Spring Semester

August 31, 2018
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

August 2018

Fall Semester

June 15, 2018

OTA

Summer Semester
2018

March 30, 2018

PTA

Summer Semester
2018

March 1, 2018

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2018

 March 27, 2018

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2019

Fall Semester

  July 20, 2018

Medical Coding

August 2019

Fall Semester

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Each Semester

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled

Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Committee

Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Committee

Alison Alderson Admissions RN
Courtyard Health and Rehabilitation
Chantal Martel Director of Education and ICU
Magnolia Regional Medical Center
Kathy Gartman Chief Nursing Officer
Medical Center of South Arkansas
Karen Womack Director of Nursing
Oak Ridge Nursing Home
Karen McCullar Director of Nursing
Courtyard Health and Rehabilitation
Diane Isaacs Director of Nursing
Ouachita County Medical Center
Keitha Davidson Director of Nursing
South Arkansas Community College
Tina Haney Director of Nursing
Hudson Memorial Nursing Home
Peggy Hargett Consumer Representative
 
TBD Student Representative
South Arkansas Community College
Caroline Hammond Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
South Arkansas Community College