2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nursing, Generic Option (Level 1), A.A.S.

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Suggested Program of Study

The Registered Nursing Program, Generic Option, is intended to provide a beginning point for individuals seeking upward mobility or who aspire to become a Registered Nurse. The program is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills required to be successful on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The program enables students who aspire to become Registered Nurses to do so within a minimum period of time with a minimum duplication of course content and credits.  The Generic option requires students to complete coursework in fundamental skills already attained by the LPN/Paramedic.

The Generic RN Program Option is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 850; Atlanta, GA, 30326. (404) 975-5000; www.ACENursing.org, and is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) 1123 S University Ave., #800, Little Rock Ar 72204.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES & DEADLINE: The application deadline is the 2nd (second) Friday in March. Classes are admitted in August. Class size is limited, and all applicants are not accepted for participation.

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE: Applicants that are selected for admission must notify the Nursing Division of intent to register by picking up an acceptance packet within the allotted time. Upon acceptance into the program students must submit evidence of the following in order to begin classes:

  1. Documentation of current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR certification (Level C);
  2. Acknowledgment of Functional Abilities Requirements;
  3. Documentation of P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray;
  4. Documentation of Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK Vaccination Waiver Claim Form;
  5. Submit to a criminal background check. Students are responsible for any fees associated with the background check;
  6. Possess a current unencumbered Arkansas Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification; and
  7. Criminal background check and drug screen.

A student enrolled in Allied Health programs with a clinical component will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.


  1. High School Diploma (or GED Equivalency) 
  2. Complete all SEARK College Admission Requirements.
  3. Hold a current unencumbered Arkansas Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License
  4. Current American Hert Association (AHA) CPR Certification (Level C).
  5. Accuplacer Reading Score 75; Next Generation Accuplacer scores of Reading 250 or Reading score on the ACT of a 19, or Completion of a course in developmental reading with a letter grade of C or better.
  6. Completion of all pre-admission requirements courses.
  7. Possess a 2.5 Grade Point Average. (Total quality points in the required general education courses are calculated determining admission status) 
  8. Provide transcripts from all colleges and/or schools attended.
  9. Transfer students must present a letter of good standing from the previous nursing program director.
  10. Complete a Nursing and Allied Halth Application form and submit to the Division of Nursing and Allied Health prior to the application deadline date.
  11. Completion of the required nursing program TEAS entrance exam with a composit score of at least 50%

Pre-Admission Requirements

CNA Certification required for admission.


Fall 1st Year (Program Acceptance)

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