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Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission:

  • Acceptance into the nursing program is by application only - accepted twice a year:
    • February 1 - March 1 for Track I, Track II, and Bridge to RN
    • October 1 - November 1 for Track III
  • NWACC admission criteria requirements
  • Non-native Speakers of English students: score of at least 92 on COMPASS ESL Listening Test
  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better
  • Pre-nursing General Education requirements
  • Meet the minimum requirements of 75% or greater in each sub-category of the HESI A2 Entrance Exam
 

Considerations during the Nursing Program:

  • Nursing students should plan to devote at least 40-50 hours per week outside of class and clinical times to the Nursing Program sequence.
  • Nursing students are admitted conditionally upon a clear background check and must submit to a urine drug screen.
  • The Nursing Department encourages all pre-nursing students to attend a pre-nursing advising session within 2 semesters of application into the Nursing Program. Please check Student Resources for pre-nursing advising session dates and times.

Essential functions required of the nursing profession and nursing school:

Essential functions required of a nurse / nursing student*

  • Lift and transfer heavy objects
  • Bend, squat and raise arms above head
  • Read small print
  • Walk and stand on feet for long periods of time
  • Hear soft sounds
  • Work 8-12 hour shifts
  • Tolerate strong smells
  • Speak, hear and use tactile and visual skills to assess clients
  • Think critically and problem solve
  • Perform effectively and professionally in a stressful environment/situation
  • Work well with others

Specific tasks required of a nurse / nursing student*

  • Bathing clients
  • Assisting clients with toileting
  • Assessing client needs
  • Communicating accurately and effectively
  • Changing surgical dressings
  • Administering medications accurately, including computation of math calculations
  • Starting IVs, administering IV fluids /medications
  • Cleaning up incontinence / emesis
  • Taking vital signs and interpreting data
  • Analyzing assessment data

*This list may not be all inclusive. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Nursing Department at 479-619- 4151.

 

ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF NURSING ADVISORY: ANY INDIVIDUAL HAVING BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF A CRIME MAY BE INELIGIBLE TO WRITE THE NCLEX EXAM FOR LICENSURE AS A REGISTERED NURSE.