Nursing Program Applicant Information

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health offers nursing programs that lead to licensure/certification at three different levels: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Registered Nurse (RN).

The Certified Nursing Assistant program is a seven-credit hour Certificate of Proficiency program consisting of classroom instruction and clinical training. The program meets the educational requirements of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Care. UACCB’s curriculum provides instruction with emphasis on technical skills, professional relationships, and workplace ethics. Near the end of the program, students will attend two 8-hour clinical days in area long-term care facilities. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the written and skills test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

The Practical Nursing Technical Certificate program combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. The program meets the Arkansas State Board of Nursing requirements for practical nursing programs. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates may be eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensure Examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing has three entry options:

  • Pre-licensure RN entry option that is available for the non-nurse
  • Two LPN to RN options for the licensed practical nurse who holds a current unencumbered LPN license:
    • 1. On campus Licensure RN option in the traditional classroom setting
    • 2. Online Licensure RN option

Graduates of the A.A.S. Registered Nursing program who meet Arkansas State Board of Nursing requirements are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN). Note: Prelicensure RN students must take Health Skills or CNA prior to applying to the program.

Admission to the Nursing Assistant program is “open admissions”; however, previous conviction of a crime may prohibit the student from being eligible for certification/employment. For rules applicable to criminal records visit https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/Rules_and_Regulations_for_Conducting_Criminal_Record_Checks_for_Employees_of_Long_Term_Care_Facilities_Revised_January_1_2020._.pdf. Students must provide proof of a negative TB skin test and/or follow up for a positive skin test to be eligible for the required clinical practicum of the program. The Hepatitis B vaccine is desirable, but not essential to start the program.

Admission to the Technical Certificate Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate of Applied Science Registered Nursing (RN) programs is a selective application process. Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Arkansas
  • Submit an application to the appropriate program prior to published deadlines
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed in a nursing program through HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam scores and a weighted point system (Class may be filled by applicants who score higher than minimum scores.)
    • 65% minimum score for PN program
    • 75% minimum score for RN program
  • Submit official transcript(s) for all college coursework and LPN program (LPN to RN applicants) to the UACCB Enrollment Center
  • Complete all required prerequisite and corequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (PN) and 2.75 (RN) or higher is required for admission and GPA of 2.0 or higher is require for completion of both programs

Applicants who are admitted must provide proof of the following by the published deadlines

  • Proof of two (2) MMR and varicella vaccinations or positive titer (serologic immunity)
  • Hepatitis B series immunization, or signed informed consent waiver
  • Negative TB skin test or proof of appropriate treatment for positive skin test
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR certification. Certification must include AHA Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support and remain effective throughout the duration of the program
  • Proof of yearly flu vaccination
  • Completion of criminal background check

Applicants who are applying to the Practical Nursing program or the Pre-licensure RN option will not be accepted if they are lacking more than eight (8) credit hours of general education pre-requisites that must be completed during the summer semester prior to starting the program.

Applicants who are applying to the Licensure RN traditional and online tracks will not be accepted if they are lacking more than eighteen (18) credit hours of general education pre-requisites that must be completed during the fall semester prior to starting the program.

Students who are taking prerequisite courses at the time of application may be selected for conditional admission. Any student who is admitted conditionally due to lack of completed prerequisites must submit official transcripts to the Division of Nursing and Allied Health that indicate all prerequisite courses have been completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to the start of the program. The student who fails to meet ALL admission requirements prior to the start of the program will not be granted admission and will not be allowed to attend any RN program courses.
Students attending the A.A.S. RN program are required to:

  • Complete all corequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Complete mandatory and random drug screening
  • Maintain reliable internet access throughout the program
  • Maintain Arkansas residency
  • Maintain an unencumbered LPN license (Licensure RN options only)
  • Complete a criminal background check

Application and HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam Enrollment in the Practical Nursing (PN) and Registered Nursing (RN) programs is limited to those students who meet program specific admission criteria. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • Complete all pre-requisites with a grade of C or better
  • GPA of 2.5 (PN) and 2.75 (RN) or better
  • *Submit program application and HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam scores within specified timeframe
  • *Demonstrate the potential to succeed in a nursing program through HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam scores (Class may be filled by applicants who score higher than minimum scores.)
    • 65% minimum score for PN program
    • 75% minimum score for RN program

Admission based on a weighted scale - https://www.uaccb.edu/lpn-practical-nursing-degree/.

*The HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam may be attempted one time per application period. Applicants not chosen for admission and those who must reapply due to non-progression beyond their first semester may choose to re-use HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam scores during the program’s next application period, or they may choose to re-test. HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam scores older than one year may not be used.

Previous nursing program attendance: Eligibility for admission to a UACCB nursing program may be affected by previous nursing program attendance. Applicants who have withdrawn, been dismissed, or otherwise not completed any other nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean/ Director of the nursing program(s) previously attended. Letter must be on school’s official letterhead, signed by Dean/Director and mailed (standard or electronic mail) or faxed to the Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health.

Criminal background: Students entering the PN or RN program are required to complete criminal background check procedures upon acceptance in respective programs and at the time of licensure application at program completion. Criminal background information will be reported to clinical practicum affiliates upon request.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. Students will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states they have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 & ACA 17-3-102 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty, would make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. For additional information - http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsservices/topics/arkansas-board-of-nursing

English as a Second Language: The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires all nursing students who speak English as a second language to demonstrate proof of English proficiency prior to admission to any Arkansas nursing program. Applicants to whom this applies should contact the Division Chair of Nursing and Allied Health for more information.

Science courses: All science courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and within 5 years of the application semester. For the Practical Nursing and Pre-licensure RN programs, this is the end of the spring semester (May). Licensure RN option (Tradition and Online) application semester is Summer II (August). An applicant for the Licensure RN tracks may be granted an extension of this deadline provided he/she can provide proof of having completed an LPN education program within the past 12 months or have at least 1,200 work hours per year as an LPN providing direct patient care. The Admission and Progression Committee will review each applicant’s request on a case-by-case basis. Proof of meeting these criteria may include, but is not limited to, Practical Nursing transcript and/or record of work place setting and hours worked record. Applicants who cannot provide satisfactory proof of meeting the above criteria will not be considered for an extension.

Computer course requirements: Computer courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the RN program.