North Arkansas College Nursing Program Review

Formerly known as North Arkansas Community/Technical College, North Arkansas College (NAC) is a reputable two-year public college. It prides itself with the ever increasing student body that highlight the quality and importance of the courses offered.

It was noted for its efforts in preserving the environment, evidenced in it becoming the first “Climate Neutral” campus. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All of its RN courses are accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The PN courses offered at the institution are accredited by the former. The nursing courses offered at the school include:

Associate of Applied Science Degree- Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)

This is an intensive course that is offered to licensed practical nurses that want to become registered nurses. The curriculum can be completed in one year and after successful completion students can sit the state examination for licensure.

Associate of Applied Science Degree-Registered Nurse

This is a full-time program that is offered through two tracks. The traditional RN program begins every fall in August and students must present be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) “Healthcare Provider Course” and meet a list of requirements to be accepted into the course. Students are encouraged to seek the necessary financial assistance and to think carefully about their available time prior to entering the program.

Technical Certificate- Practical Nursing

This is an 11-month long course that is offered twice per year. Admission into the program is based on a list of factors that include, but are not limited to high school transcript or GED scores, medical examinations and willingness to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) American Heart Association Health Care Provide.

Certifies Nursing Assistant- CNA

In this course, students are taught the essentials of patient care. Students interested in the program can choose either the day or even class. The college offers both day and evening classes. The former is a 120-hour class that, whereas the latter is 90-hour class. After successfully completing the required courses, students can sit the state certification exam and after passing are recognized as Nursing Assistants.

Bachelor Degree Partnerships

North Arkansas College has partnered with several institutions of higher education to give students the flexibility of completing advanced studies at the school. Depending on the program students complete their freshman and sophomore classes at the college and the junior and senior level at the partnering institution. Those that are interested in obtaining their BSN can consider the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) is open to registered nurses that have an active license. It can be completed in one year and can be done online. Students must an accredited associate degree or diploma program to enter the program. The program is possible due to the partnership between North Arkansas College and Arkansas Tech University.


North Arkansas College
515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, AR 72601

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