Associate of Applied Science in Nursing


NWACC's Nursing Program was recently named the #4 overall Nursing Program, and the #1 Associate Degree in Nursing in the state of Arkansas by Rankings were formulated by analyzing past and present NCLEX-RN pass rates and other methodology used here:  The Nursing Program at NWACC is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and has an overall high NCLEX-RN pass rate.  You may view those pass rates here.  Northwest Arkansas Community College School of Nursing is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE #850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020
Additional information can be found at

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top 10 occupations with the largest job growth. Due to this high demand, NorthWest Arkansas Community College is pleased to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing.

Nursing is a profession focused on the care of individuals, families and communities so they may attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life from birth to death.
Nursing is ranked among the top five most trusted professions. Nurses work in a variety of specialties (examples: hospitals, schools, medical clinics, industry, long-term care, etc.) where they work as a team member or independently to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care.
At NWACC, the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing is designed to prepare graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to function as Registered Nurses.  Graduates who attain RN licensure are prepared to provide client care at the beginning staff nurse level. General nursing education imparts a broad base of nursing knowledge.  Those individuals wishing to pursue further education and/or a nursing specialty will have the necessary knowledge base upon which to advance their professional career. Nursing students complete clinical experiences in area healthcare facilities. 


Format and Location

Pre-requisite general education courses required within the nursing degree are available in-person on NWACC's main campus in Bentonville or its outlying centers in Springdale and Farmington. Courses are also available in a hybrid format (both in-person and online).

Courses specific to the nursing program will be taught inside the Center for Health Professions on NWACC's campus in Bentonville.


Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Sessions

The Nursing Department strongly encourages all pre-nursing students to attend one of the advisement session.  No appointment is necessary.  Please feel free to bring a guest or support person to find out more information about our program.   Arrive a few minutes early for optimum seating - no young children please!