El Dorado


Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Note: There is a special application and application deadline for this program. See program application deadlines' webpage under Academics/health sciences.

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program at South Arkansas Community College is designed to prepare the successful graduates who pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to provide diverse types of nursing care in a variety of health care environments for patients across the lifespan. Successful graduates will earn a TC (Technical Certificate) in Practical Nursing from the college and will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The awarding of the certificate in practical nursing is not contingent upon the successful completion of the NCLEX examination. Successful completion of the program doesn't guarantee that the graduate will be allowed by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to take or successfully pass the NCLEX exam. Successfully passing the NCLEX_PN allows the individual to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

SouthArk offers three PN programs: 1) A three-semester (12-month) day program on the main campus in El Dorado, which starts in the summer semester each year and concludes in May; 2) A  three-semester day (12-month) program on our satellite campus in Warren, Arkansas, which starts in January each year and concludes in December; and 3) A four-semester (18-month) evening program on the main campus in El Dorado, which begins on an alternating January and August schedule.

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. Career opportunities are wide and varied and include, but are not limited to, employment in hospitals, clinics, schools, industry, and many other areas providing direct or indirect care to diverse patients as well as various other fields that do not include patient care. 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. Website: https://www.arsbn.org/;

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Bldg.
1123 South University
Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone: 501-686-2700
Fax: 501-686-2714