University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Nursing Program Review

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) is a two-year college that was formerly known as Gateway Technical College until 1997. The change in name was spurred from the initiative to join the Arkansas System. This has led to more courses being offered in areas such as: Education, Industrial Technologies and Business.  

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The nursing programs that are offered include:

Nursing Assistant

Basic skills and knowledge are shared throughout the course with students that want to provide professional services in home-care, acute care and long-term care to patients. Emphasis is placed on technical skills and this is possible through the combination of classroom and clinical training. The issue of professional relationships and workplace ethics are also areas that are covered to ensure that graduates and fully prepared to undertake their roles in challenging environments while maintaining a professional posture.

 After completion, students are eligible to sit the state written and skills test to gain licensure to work in the health care sector. If they are successful in passing the exam and provided they are not blocked in any way from licensure, they will be recognized as Certified Nursing Assistant. The program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and accredited by the Office of Long-Term Care.

Practical Nursing

This is an 11-month technical certificate program that prepares students to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Applications for the program are received once yearly and after successful entry, students are taught a combination of liberal arts, science and nursing courses. The college uses both classroom and clinical experience to strengthen the content of the course that is passed to students.

To be admitted students must score satisfactorily on the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam and meet other entry requirements.

Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing (Traditional, Online, and Generic Entry Options)

Entry into this program is offered on a generic basis for non-nurse. The program is also open to LPNs that want to become a registered nurse. To meet this requirement, the school offers two possibilities for those that are in the latter group.

a)     On campus LPN to RN option in the traditional classroom setting: This option is ideal for LPNs that want a traditional learning setting and have enough time during the week to attend classes without comprising any area in their lives.

b)     Online LPN to RN option. LPNs that are looking for more flexibility and the ability to work while they study will find this to be an interesting option to maintain balance.

The course covers areas in both general education and those related to the nursing profession. It is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Only LPNs with an unencumbered license can apply to the course. They must also ensure that their licenses are not restricted in any way during the program.


University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
PO Box 3350
AR 72503

Tel: (870) 612-2000

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