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Professional Programs Application Deadlines

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

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

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

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Fall Semster
2015

April 28, 2015

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Background Checks

TYPE 1
Students wishing to apply to the LPN, OTA, MLS, EMT, PHLEB/EKG, HIT, PTA, RESP, RAD Tech. and SURG. Tech. professional programs are required to have a background check performed upon acceptance.

DO NOT complete a background check until instructed to do so by your Program Director.

The HNS professional programs currently use American Data Bank to conduct the certified background checks. When the background check is received from American Data Bank, students will be requested to review the results with the Program Director. The cost of the background check is $53 and is paid directly to American Data Bank.

To order a background check via American Databank (NOT CNA Program Applicants) click: www.southarcc.com.

TYPE 2
Those students wishing to apply to the CNA/NATP program must complete the Arkansas State Police, Identification Bureau Individual Record background check. The CNA/NATP Program currently uses American Data Bank to conduct the required background check. When the background check is received from American Data Bank, students will be requested to review the results with the CNA/NATP Program Director. The cost of the CNA background check is $30.00 and is paid directly to American Data Bank.

To order a CNA Program background check via American Databank click: www.southarkcna.com.

 

TEAS V Exam

One of the prerequisites for admission into the professional phase of some of the health science programs is the Test Of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V). The TEAS V should not be scheduled until the semester prior to applying for admission to the professional program and following completion of all basic studies requirements. Each program has additional individual requirements. RADT students must have successfully completed Intermediate Algebra. PTA recommends completion of Intermediate Algebra prior to testing. It is recommended that students complete program science requirements prior to testing for an enhanced degree of success.

Each student must pay the testing fee ($40) at the Bookstore and schedule a testing time with The Testing & Learning Center by calling (870) 864-7196. The Testing & Learning Center will give each student a copy of their scores upon completion of the test. This copy will be signed, dated, and stamped.

TEAS V Study Guides:
The Testing & Learning Center and the Library both have copies of the TEAS V study guides/manuals available for student use but not for check out. If you wish to purchase a copy of the TEAS V study manual (ISBN # 978-1-933107-97-4) it is on sale at the SouthArk Bookstore for approximately $70.00. If you would like to send a request to register to take the TEAS V, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program

Reading

Math

Science

English

Composite

Times
Allowed

Remediation
Required Prior to Retesting

Proof of 10 Review Hours in Each Subject Area Below the Minimum

LPN

45

30

30

35

40

3 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes

Yes

MLT 45 30 30 35 40

3 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes Yes

OTA

60

50

30

55

n/a

2 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes

Yes

PTA

55

55

n/a

55

n/a

3 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes

Yes

RADT

45

30

30

35

40

3 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes

Yes

RESP

55

35

35

40

40

3 times, but within 1 year of application

Yes

Yes

EMT

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

EMT applicants are not required to take the TEAS V Exam at this time.

SURG
TECH

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Surg Tech applicants are not required to take the TEAS V Exam at this time.

 

 

Physical Therapist Assistant w Responsive Tabs

Programs

SouthArk’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program combines a strong general education core with theoretical and applied learning experiences required for PTA education. The PTA Program is a 1 + 1 format. Students must successfully complete 32 semester hours of prerequisite courses prior to application to the PTA Program. 

The technical phase of the PTA training consists of three (3) consecutive semesters of full-time, day-time studies including both classroom studies and clinical internships (30-40 hours/week). In-program technical studies begin in the summer semester and conclude the following spring semester. 

Enrollment in the technical component of training is limited to 20 students (admissions criteria are available in the PTA Program offices, rooms 250 and 252 Health Science Center, and are located under "Qualifications for Admission" at this website).

Students successfully completing the PTA Program course of studies will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the national licensure examination. SouthArk’s PTA Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 1-800-999-2782).

Certificate of Proficiency

Academic Qualifications
Applicants must successfully complete the following courses* with a minimum of a grade “B” in each science course (BIOL 2064/L, Anatomy & Physiology I; BIOL 2074/L, Anatomy & Physiology II / Lab; and BIOL 2304/L, Kinesiology / Lab) AND a combined GPA of 2.75 or greater

Course Number Course Title Number of Credit Hours Minimal Grade Required
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3 credit hours C or better
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3 credit hours C or better
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3 credit hours C or better
CSCI 1003 Computer & Information Processing 3 credit hours C or better
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3 credit hours C or better
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab 4 credit hours B or better
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab 4 credit hours B or better
BIOL 2304/L Kinesiology / Lab 4 credit hours B or better
PTA 1002 Introduction for Physical Therapist Assistants 2 credit hours C or better
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3 credit hours C or better

* Any substitutions to the stated academic prerequisites must be approved by the PTA Program Director prior to application to the PTA Program.

HOBET V
The HOBET V examination must be completed at any time prior to March 31 of the year in which the applicant expects to enter the technical phase of PTA training. Arrangements may be made through the Allied Health Advisor, Room 217 of the Health Science Center (HSC). There is a $ 30.00 charge for this examination. Students must have successfully completed all Basic Studies courses (exception: BSTD 0513, Intermediate Algebra) prior to taking the HOBET V exam. Applicants must achieve an acceptable score in all areas of the exam (minimal score requirements are as follows:  Reading 55; Math 55; and English 55). Students who are unsuccessful in meeting the minimal scoring requirements will be required to follow the Health Sciences policies regarding remediation and re-examination. PTA Program applicants are allowed to take the HOBET V a maximum of three (3) times to achieve a successful score. Tutorial work is available in SouthArk’s Learning Center (at no charge) for the HOBET V.  Only scores obtained within 18 months of application will be accepted.

Criminal Background Information
Each applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check.

Physical Therapy Observation
Students must conduct eight (8) total hours of observation in two (2) different physical therapy settings under the direction / supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist OR a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. One physical therapy setting must be in a home health, OR in a nursing home (long-term care) setting. The other physical therapy setting can be in an acute-care facility, a rehabilitation unit, pediatric center, OR out-patient clinic. Attached to the application are the appropriate forms to document these observations. Students completing observations prior to application may obtain the appropriate forms from the PTA Program offices.  Observations must have occurred within the past two (2) years.

Graduation and Program Pass Rate

Year

# Accept

# Grads

% Retained

# Taking Exam

#Pass 1st Time

# Pass Later

# Not Pass

% Pass

Natl. Avg
Pass Rate

Ark.
Pass Rate

07-08

23

20

87%

20

17

3

0

100

82

***

08-09

25

21

84%

21

17

3

1

95

91%
(3-yr
avg)

73%
(3-yr
avg)

09-10

25

19

76%

18

14

2

2

89%

10-11

26

22

85%

21

19

3

0

100%

11-12

24

18

75%

18

17

1

0

100%

*     1st time pass rate information only
**   3-year combined of ultimate pass rate
*** not available

Seventy-nine percent of students entering the PTA program graduate (3-year average) and 96% of graduates pass the national licensure exam (3-year average).

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

Professional Organizations

PTA Program faculty are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Arkansas Chapter of the APTA. In addition, The PTA Program Director is a member of the Education Section of the APTA and the PTA Program Special Interest Group.

All students enrolled in the technical training component of PTA education at SouthArk are strongly encouraged to join the American Physical Therapy Association.

Pi Theta Alpha (PTA) Club serves as the college's PTA student organization. All students in the technical phase of training are members of the PTA Club.

Accreditation SouthArk's Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 1-800-999-2782).  Original accreditation was granted in May 2000, and re-accreditation was granted in April 2006, effective until June 2016

Course Studies and Additional Requirements

PTA Program Course of Studies:
• The technical component of PTA training begins each summer semester. The course of studies encompasses three (3) consecutive semesters, completing with the close of the following year’s spring semester.
• Classroom, lab, and clinical education experiences are scheduled for full days (up to eight-hour days), Monday through Friday
• Clinical education experiences will require students to provide their own transportation (and lodging, if necessary) to clinical education sites outside the immediate college area.

Additional requirements prior to beginning the PTA Program:
Students accepted into the PTA Program will be required to:
• pass a medical physical examination (at personal cost to the student)
• obtain Hepatitis B Vaccine series (at personal cost to the student)
• obtain a recent tuberculosis test (at personal cost to the student)
• obtain rubella and varicella titers (at personal cost to the student)
• obtain CPR certification (at personal cost to the student)
• document ability to meet the physical performance standards of a Physical Therapist Assistant as described by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• agree to SouthArk's "Student Substance Abuse Screening Policy"
• attend an orientation session provided by the PTA Program faculty

 

 

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