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
- NWACC admission criteria requirements
- Non-native Speakers of English students: score of at least 92 on Accuplacer 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.