** Deadline for application to RN program is the first Monday in March**
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree requires two years of nursing coursework with completion of general education courses prior to entry. The curriculum consists of study in arts, social and biological sciences, humanities and nursing. Completion of the AS degree allows the individual to apply for licensure and to write the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RN). The Associate of Science Registered Nurse and the Practical Nurse programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The A.S. (R.N.) Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
It is important to note that completion of the certificate or degree program in nursing does not guarantee a graduate the right to take the national exam.The State Board of Nursing makes the decision regarding eligibility to apply for licensure and testing. On the State Board of Nursing Application, each applicant is asked if they have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Nursing coursework for all programs consists of classroom, campus laboratory, and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences begin early in the program of study and take place in hospitals, long-term care facilities and healthcare agencies in Hot Springs and the surrounding areas. Clinical experiences may be morning, day, weekend or evening hours. The clinical rotation is planned to provide varied experiences in the health care field.