** Deadline for application to RN program is the first Monday in March**
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)* degree consists of 28 credit hours in humanities, social and biological sciences along with 38 credit hours of nursing coursework for a total of 66 credit hours. At the time of application to the ASN program, a student must either be enrolled in or have completed CHEM 1104 Chemistry for Non-Majors and BIOL 2224 Anatomy and Physiology I with a “C” or better and GPA of 2.75 or higher. The remaining courses in arts and sciences must be completed at particular points during the program with a “C” or better to progress in the program.
The Pre-Nursing, TC provides a plan for students interested in the ASN program to complete the arts, social and biological sciences, and humanities prior to beginning nursing courses. An individualized plan can be generated for students who have not completed all of the required arts and sciences curricula prior to entry.
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.
*The curriculum prepares you for licensure/certification in Arkansas.