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Nursing / LPN

Program

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 classes begin each January and conclude in December. 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

Applicants to any of the LPN professional programs MUST:

  • Provide official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Iif 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 nursing prerequisite courses during thesemester 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: 

  • Complete and submit Health and Natural Sciences application packet
  • Successfully complete the TEAS V achieving acceptable scores in all areas
  • Meet with nursing academic advisor or health-science career advisor
  • 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 ofvaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying
  • Provide proof of current influenze 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 V scores.

Students will be allowed to take the TEAS V three times, and the highest TEAS V 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 Written essay that includes the reason readmission is requested and the student’s plan for success. 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 V is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it older than 12 months, the TEAS V must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed. Advanced Placement Nursing students who wish to transfer to South Arkansas Community College's LPN program must first submit a letter of good standing from their previous institution. Because all LPN programs are not using a standard curriculum outline, students must submit to an assessment exam given by the Nursing Department to validate competency in theory and practical skills being transferred to allow for proper placement into SouthArk's LPN program. Admission is neither automatic nor assumed. 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 entire 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 understand 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 GPA and TEAS V scores. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS V three times, and the highest TEAS V 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 V score is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it is older than 12 months, the TEAS V must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed.

Prerequisite Courses

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

Technical Certificate - January Day Program

PRACTICAL NURSING
January Day Program
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1101 Geriatrics 1
P NS 1102 Pharmacology I 2
P NS 1106 Nursing Fundamentals and Skills 6
P NS 1111 Vocational, Legal, and Ethical Concepts 1
P NS 1112 Body Structure and Function 2
P NS 1142 Practicum I 2
Semester Total   14
 
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1204 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
P NS 1212 Pharmacology II 2
P NS 1222 Nursing Mothers and Infants 2
P NS 1232 Nursing of Children 2
P NS 1242 Practicum II 2
Semester Total   12
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1301 Mental Health 1
P NS 1302 Pharmacology III 2
P NS 1314 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
P NS 1365 Practicum III 5
P NS 1353 NCLEX Preparation/Professional Development 3
Semester Total 15
 
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 41 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

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 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 41 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

PRACTICAL NURSING
Four-Semester Evening Program
FALL 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 IB 2
Semester Total   12
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1102 Pharmacology I 2
P NS 1202 Medical Surgical Nursing I 2
P NS 1222 Nursing of Mothers and Infants 2
P NS 1232 Nursing of Children 2
P NS 1243 Practicum IIB 3
Semester Total 11
 
SUMMER SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1212 Pharmacology II 2
P NS 1301 Mental Health 1
P NS 1312 Medical Surgical Nursing II 2
P NS 1342 Practicum IIIB 2
Semester Total 7
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
P NS 1302 Pharmacology III 2
P NS 1324 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
P NS 1353 NCLEX Preparation/Professional Development 3
P NS 1402 Practicum IVB 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 41 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

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
RNSG 2113 Math for Nurses 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

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

Summer
2015

TBA

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 Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Committee

Jo Ann Bridges, Chair Director Women's Center
Medical Center of South Arkansas
Kathy Gartman
Chief Nursing Officer
Medical Center of South Arkansas
Karen Womack Director of Nursing
Oak Ridge Nursing Home
Sandra Owens Director of Nursing
Grace Point Health Care
Brenda Hopson Registered Nurse
Medical Center of South Arkansas
Keitha Davidson Director of Nursing
South Arkansas Community College
Barbara Henderson Director of Nursing
Timberlane Nursing Home
Adah Mayhan Consumer Representative

TBD Student Representative
South Arkansas Community College
Arthur Brown Dean of Health and Natural Sciences

Dr. Holly Ayers
Vice President for Learning

Faculty and Staff

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