2024-2025 College Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Registered Nursing, AS

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About This Degree

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.

 Deadline for application to RN program is the first Monday in March

  • Pre-requisites must be completed prior to admission
  • Science courses must be completed within the last 7 years
  • Attend a one-hour mandatory admissions meeting, January - March
  • Meet with Nursing Faculty Advisor, have a copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Submit RN application
  • Take ATI TEAS exam

Nursing information and policies

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 program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Associate degree nursing program at National Park College located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is continuing accreditation. Public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program can be viewed at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm. ACEN may be reached at 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000.

It is important to note that completion of the degree program in nursing does not guarantee a graduate the right to take the national licensure 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 consists of a 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 healthcare field.

NPC Honors Program: The NPC Honors Program is accepting applications. Learn more about the NPC Honors Program.

*The curriculum prepares you for licensure/certification in Arkansas.

General Education Core - 28 Credit Hours

Nursing Core Courses - 38 Credit Hours

All Physical Science and Life Science courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of acceptance into the program.

66 Credit Hours

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