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Degree Plans

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

NWACC's Nursing Program offers three tracks to accommodate your busy schedule:

Track 1 – Traditional

Once accepted, this sequence will be conducted in four traditional semesters beginning in the Fall. Excludes summer sessions. (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring) Approximately 32 students are accepted into this track.

 

Track 2 – Accelerated

Once accepted, the sequence will be conducted in four consecutive semesters beginning in the Summer. (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer) Approximately 32 students are accepted into this track.

 

LPN to RN - Hybrid

Once accepted, the sequence will be conducted in four consecutive semesters beginning in the Spring. (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) Approximately 32 students are accepted into this track. 

LPN to RN Applicants (licensure obtained within 0 - 6 months):

"New-graduate" LPN applicants are those who have obtained licensure within the last 6 months, prior to applying to the LPN to RN program. These applicants will not need to provide work experience, or conduct a validation as part of the application and selection process. Applicants falling under the "new-graduate" category will conduct their LPN HESI entrance exam testing, provided they have completed the pre-requisite general education requirements.

LPN to RN Applicants (licensure obtained within 6 – 12 months):

LPN to RN applicants who have obtained licensure within 6 to 12 months prior to applying to the LPN to RN program will need to provide proof of 500 hours of work experience (in either an acute-care, or long-term care setting), will conduct a validation, and conduct an LPN HESI entrance exam. These applicants will also be expected to have completed the pre-requisite general education courses as required by the Associates Degree in Nursing degree plan.

LPN to RN Applicants (licensure obtained 12+ months):

LPN to RN applicants who have obtained licensure 12+ months ago at the time of application will need to provide proof of 1,000 hours of work experience (in either an acute-care, or long-term care setting), will conduct a validation, and conduct an LPN HESI entrance exam. These applicants will also be expected to have completed the pre-requisite general education courses as required by the Associates Degree in Nursing degree plan.

 
 
The Certified Nursing Assistant Program is designed to meet the industry driven demand for Certified Nursing Assistants. This course provides the student with an introduction to healthcare, didactic instruction, hands on skills and clinical training. Specifically, basic nursing skills including vital signs, personal care skills and Alzheimer's and Dementia training are covered. This course prepares the successful student to sit for the Arkansas Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. The course is taught following the Arkansas Long-Term Care Facility Nursing Assistant Training Curriculum.
 
Successful completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant course results in a certification from the State of Arkansas. This program does not result in an Arkansas Department of Higher Education approved certificate from NWACC.