The Practical Nursing Program at University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College is accredited by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. The Traditional Track is an 11-month certificate program beginning in August and ending in June of each year. The Nontraditional Track is a 22-month certificate program beginning in August of each even year and ending in June of the second school year.
A student must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate or have passed the GED test to apply. Students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen, and the criminal background check and drug screen must be clear before official enrollment in the program will occur. Students are subject to drug screenings throughout their enrollment in the program.
Practical Nursing Students will be selected for enrollment by a point system, based on the following criteria: Kaplan Admission Test scores, advanced coursework, and medical certifications. Application deadline is April 15 for the following fall.
After graduation, students are eligible to apply for the state licensure examination. Classroom instruction is supplemented with clinical experiences in area hospitals. Specific course requirements may be found in the UA-PTC catalog. Acceptance into the UA-PTC Practical Nursing program is highly competitive with 30 positions each year for the Traditional Track and 10 positions every other year for the Nontraditional Track.
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states that you have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access the information by clicking here.
This program of study includes required summer courses and special program fees beyond current tuition and college fees.
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