Applicants to any of the LPN professional programs MUST:
- Complete all general admissions procedures to the college.
- Provide official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency.
- Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- If applicable complete all general admissions procedures to the college.
- Complete all necessary basic studies requirements according to placement tests.
- Exhibit a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale (“C” or better).
- Complete all prerequisite nursing courses with a 2.0 or greater GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.
- Be enrolled in no more than two (2) nursing prerequisite courses during the semester immediately prior to the semester in which the student desires admission to the LPN program (example, during the summer for fall admission or during the fall for spring admission).
All remaining prerequisite nursing courses must be successfully completed by the end of the semester prior to the beginning of the professional program. Students must complete the following:
- Meet with nursing academic advisor or health-science career advisor.
- Complete and submit the Practical Nursing application.
- Successfully complete the TEAS, achieving acceptable scores in all areas. TEAS must be submitted by each application deadline.
Upon acceptance into the program the student will be required to:
- Provide proof of a criminal background check required upon acceptance into the program.
- Provide proof of an unencumbered drug screen upon request.
- Provide proof of current AHA CPR certification—health care provider upon acceptance into the program.
- Provide proof of PPD skin test, or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.
- Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization series upon entry or sign Declination Statement.
- Provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, or 2) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
- Provide proof of current influenza vaccination upon entry into program.
Applicants will be selected based on a point system derived from a combination of cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and TEAS scores.
Students will be allowed to take the TEAS three (3) times, and the highest TEAS score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted and utilized to calculate the student's total points. Readmission of Former Students Procedure: Faculty will review the application of each student who is eligible for a second admission. In the event of readmission, the program will have to be repeated in its entirety.
If a student was accepted for admission into a program one time and did not complete the program for academic reasons, he/she is eligible for readmission into the program for a second time ONLY. If the TEAS is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it older than 12 months, the TEAS must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed. Advanced Placement: Due to differences in nursing curricula in other nursing programs, South Arkansas Community College Nursing Program will not accept transfer credit for previously taken practical nursing courses. Students who are enrolled in another program will follow the same requirements and admission procedures as students who have never attended another nursing program. Academic Progression: Students must complete all components of nursing courses with a grade of "C" (80) or higher to progress to the following semester. Each preceding semester is a prerequisite to the following semester. Courses are sequenced so that material covered in subsequent courses is based on that covered in previous courses.
Students must have successfully completed all components of each semester of the licensed practical nursing program with a minimum numerical average of 80 ("C") in order to progress to the next semester. A numerical average of less than 80 ("C") in any component of the curriculum, will result in dismissal and the program will have to be repeated in its entirety. Readmission is not automatic or assumed. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check for all graduates who are applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN's approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the examination is dependent upon 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 pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or found guilty of, will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access this information at the Arkansas State Board website at www.arsbn.arkansas.gov.
Applicants will be selected based on a point system derived from a combination of a cumulative GPA and TEAS scores. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS three (3) times, and the highest TEAS score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted. Applicants who are seeking re-admission into the Practical Nursing Program must submit a new application packet. If the TEAS score is less than 12 months old, it will be accepted; if it is older than 12 months, the TEAS must be repeated. No concurrent enrollment of prerequisites and professional program courses will be allowed.