Southeast Arkansas College Nursing Program Review

Formerly known as Arkansas Vocational-Technical School, Southeast Arkansas College is a two-year higher education institution based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is also a tobacco-free facility, so anyone wishing to smoke must leave the campus in order to do so.

The school is also known as SEARK and adopts the motto: “Changing Lives… One Student at a Time!”. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Strong emphasis is placed on technical subjects and work place development. The counties Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln all benefit from the school’s presence. Various courses are offered to its diversified student body. Interested nursing students will find the following programs there:

Practical Nursing

The practical nursing course is a bridge program that allows students to transfer credit to other institutions. The course is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and after successful completion students can sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) provided there is nothing that precludes them. During the program, students are trained to give primary care to patients. They also learn how to work with other professionals that will ultimately supervise them such as: registered nurses, clinical instructors, etc. Admission to the program occurs twice yearly and classes are administered full-time, part-time and on weekends.

Nursing Assistant

Students that want to learn the essentials of performing specific duties that relate to home or in a health-care setting will be taught these in this course. The course is for those that want to be Nursing Assistants or Home Health Aides. Classes are taught by a Registered Nurse and comply with the Health Care Finance Administration under the OBRA 1987 Guidelines and Rules and Regulations for Home Health Agencies in Arkansas. They are offered twice per year. After successful completion student can take the Arkansas State Certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA).

LPN/Paramedic to RN Nursing Transition Program

Admission to this course is once yearly and is only open to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedics (NREMT-P). Both professionals must have an unencumbered license when applying to the program. The course is intended to provide the necessary training and information that enables LPNs and NREMT-P to become registered nurses. Special care is taken to ensure that the time frame for the course is favorable and that students receive the necessary advancement placement where necessary to avoid repeating courses. After they have successfully completed the course, they will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

LPN to RN Pre-Professional Curriculum

This program is being offered as a result of a partnership established between Southeast Arkansas College and Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s School of Nursing (JRMC). It is a diploma RN program and after completion, students are awarded a Nursing Diploma from JRMC. They start the pre-requisite courses at Southeast Arkansas College and then complete the program at JMRC. To be admitted into the program, students must complete Practical Nursing Program Completion and Licensure and meet the requirements established by JMRC for admission into its program.


Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street Pine Bluff
AR 7160

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