Arkansas Tech University Nursing School Review

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a state-supported institution that is located in Russellville. It was founded in 1910 and currently has a growing student body. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges. The school boasts the highest graduation rates in the state of Arkansas despite its size.

Future and current nurses interested in pursuing their education there will find excellent resources to facilitate their goals. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and this is open to registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and first time students. All eligible students may sit the national examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse once they have successfully completed the course.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Students that enroll will receive a firm foundation for graduate study. Occasional travel to areas outside of the University is necessary to fulfill the course requirements. The school also uses the health care facilities that are located in Arkansas River Valley area.

RNs and LPNs are welcome to apply to the program, and where necessary can challenge, validate or receive credit for specific nursing programs that are part of the course. The university also offers online courses to RNs that are interested in obtaining their BSN.

Practical Nursing

This is a 3-semeser course that is administered at the ATU-Ozark Campus. The content of the course revolves around both theory and clinical practice. The University adopts a holistic approach to the former and provides the necessary grounds for training at many health care centers for the latter.

A.A.S. in Allied Health with a Practical Nursing  

Successful completion of this course does not lead to RN credential. The content of the course prepares students for the BSN program that is at Russellville campus. After successful completion the students sit exams for licensure in Practical Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (Administration and Emergency Management):  This course prepares students to assume administrative roles in a list of health care institutions. Students that want to enter areas in sectors that relate to emergency management will be trained in using concepts related to preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. The curriculum is based on a multidisciplinary approach that uses many areas related to planning and emergency management to ensure that students are fully trained to act in any setting.

Scholarshipsfor Nursing Students

Nursing students can consider applying for scholarships through the Office of Development or through the Nursing Department.  The department of nursing has five different types of scholarships available. They are: Nell Teeter Balkman Nursing, Junior Auxiliary of Russellville Nursing Award, Hazel Thrasher Memorial Scholarship Fund, Dr. Charles and Joyce Wilkins Nursing Scholarship and Yell County Medical Society Scholarship. The award amounts differ and so does the requirements for acceptance.

If you are a transfer student and worried about funding, you may consider the few scholarships that university has for transfer students. The main transfer scholarships are: Tech Transfer Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Presidential Honors Transfer Scholarship and Academic All-Star Scholarship.

Distinguished scholars that demonstrate academic excellence can be eligible for the University’s competitive funding options. These scholarships are only awarded to excellent students and award amount covers up to eight semesters or until the completion of the undergraduate degree.

Nursing Clubs

The Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) and Student Nurses Association are two interesting clubs that nursing students can consider. The latter was founded in 1998 and the former in 1977. There is also the Medical Assistance Association (1982) and Pre-Med Society (2008) that are also active at the school.

Living on Campus

You can choose to live on campus if you prefer. The residence halls are structured to offer different living environments to suit your preferences. Whether you are looking for a building next to your classes or one that has enough rooms to share with up to three friends, you can find these options there. There are 14 residential students and first year students can chose from 11 of these units to live in.

Arkansas Tech University
402 West O Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Tel: (800) 582-6953

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