Nursing Program LPN to RN Application | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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LPN to RN Application Information

The LPN to RN - Hybrid nursing program begins in the Spring and runs through four consecutive semesters - Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring. Approximately 32 students are accepted into this track.
Application Information:
All application materials must be received on the designated deadline date and time. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then it will be the following business day.

Attention Out-of-State Applicants:

If you will be applying to the LPN-RN/Paramedic to RN program from out-of-state (outside Arkansas) please make sure that our program meets your licensure state requirements. Contact information for each state is provided. This is your responsibility as part of the application process as we cannot guarantee that our program meets every states’ requirements.

Please note:  Students are mandated to attend 3 weeks of clinicals in Arkansas.

If you have not applied to be a student, please see How to Apply below.

Application Periods:

We accept applications three times a year.  Make sure you have applied to be a student of NWACC before completing the nursing application.

  • Track I: April 1st -  May 1st
  • Track II: November 1st - December 1st
  • Track II - Washington County: February 1st – March 1st
  • LPN/RN: August 1st - September 1st

Application and all required materials must be received in the division office by 3:00 p.m. on the final day of the application period.

Nursing Application

Note:  Students who will be attending clinical rotations while enrolled in a professional program at the Center for Health Professions will be required to have a drug screen performed, either prior to admission, or prior to attending clinical rotations.  Students who test positive for drugs (including medical marijuana) will be denied access to the clinical rotations and will consequently be either denied acceptance into the professional program or dismissed from the professional program.

Nursing Events

Nursing Information Session Pre-nursing students applying to the NWACC nursing program are required to attend an information session within one year prior to applying.

**Criminal background checks for clinicals and NCLEX-RN

Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ARSBN) website information regarding background checks:

Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas, Sub Chapter 3 Licensing, Section 17-87-312 criminal background checks: Nurse Practice Act Sub-Chapter 3 Licensing

ARSBN Rules, Chapter 2 Licensure, Section V Criminal Background Checks: ASBN Licensure Criminal BAckground Checks

Licensure by Examination publication, Frequently Asked questions about NCLEX section: Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Background Check Information: ASBN NCLEX Exam Criminal Background Check

Be advised that if offenses are reported on your background check, you might be prevented from completing the clinical portion of nursing courses and/or ineligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam upon completion of the nursing program.  Failure to fulfill clinical objectives will result in failure of the course(s), and could result in dismissal from the program and/or ineligibility to take the NCLEX-RN.

According to the ASBN Nurse Practice Act (sub Chapter Section 3-17-87-312, no person shall be eligible to receive or hold a license issued by the board if that person has pleaded guilty, nolo contendere, or been found guilty of any of the offenses (as identified in Arkansas Code, ACA 17-87-312).

The law applies to licensed nurses as well as those individuals seeking licensure. This includes new graduates, nurses applying for licensure from other countries or states and nurses applying for advance practice. Additional information is available by accessing the Nurse Practice Act (Sub Chapter Section 3-17-87-312) at: Nurse Practice Act Sub-Chapter 3