Arkansas Northeastern College Nursing Program Review

Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) was established from the merger in 2003 between Cotton Boll Technical Institute and Mississippi County Community College. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Its nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The School administers classes at different centers, but the main campus is located in Blytheville. Potential nursing students have a rich choice of options to pursue their interests in the nursing field. These options include:

Associate Degree in Nursing (Traditional Route)

This is a 2-year associate degree program. During the course students are prepared to become registered nurses and after completion can sit the National Council of Licensure Examinations for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) for licensure. Various non-traditional subjects are included in the nursing courses to better prepare students when dealing with patient care. The course is offered at the ANC Burdette Campus and the Paragould Campus. The program is offered through distance learning. The Associate Degree in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing is conferred to successful graduates upon  completion of the associate degree nursing (ADN) program.

Associate Degree in Nursing (LPN to RN Program)

This course is open to LPNs that are interested in further studies in the nursing field. There are essentially two options to choose from. They can choose the traditional Associate Degree in Nursing or the Accelerated Program. The requirements for admission into each of these programs depend on selected admission criteria that are not limited to completion of specific subjects. 

Practical Nursing

This is a 13-month course that prepared students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Students that successfully complete the course can sit the National Council of Licensure Examinations for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) for licensure. They are awarded a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing and are exposed to subjects such as nutrition, drug administration and pharmacology. The program is offered at both the ANC Burdette and Paragould Campuses.

Nursing Assistant Program

Students that want to enter the nursing professional quickly will find this eight week proficiency course of particular interest. It is approved by both the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medical Services Office of Long Term Care. The course includes 90 hours of training as required by the Arkansas Department of Health.  Once it is successfully completed a Certificate of Proficiency is awarded and students are recognized as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs). A Medical Terminology course is included in the curriculum along with Cardio-Respiratory Resuscitation and First Aid. The course is administered at the ANC Burdette and Paragould Campuses and accepts admission twice each year.

Scholarships for Nursing Students

Arkansas Northeastern College has a healthy source of scholarships that are available to promising nursing students. The DR. Charles C. & Carolyn Brock Scholarship, Sharon Fulling Memorial Scholarship and Nelson Nursing Scholarship are just some of the few nursing specific scholarships that are open to students. Employment opportunities are also available and these allow students to have a balanced work-study academic life. Many of the work-study positions are available on campus, but there is also the possibility to work in local community service agencies outside.

Students that aren’t successful in finding a scholarship can consider federal grants, fee waivers, waiver scholarships and loans as possible solutions to fund their academic pursuit.


Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division St.
Blytheville, AR 72315

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