PRIOR to the application deadline, applicants to this professional program MUST:

  1. Complete an ARNEC program application packet. The application must be obtained from the website and submitted online.
  2. Provide proof of graduation from a State Board approved practical/vocational/technical nursing program.
  3. Provide proof of a current, valid, unencumbered LPN/LVN license.
  4. Complete the required general education courses from an accredited college or university with a grade of "C" or better (furnish official transcripts). Applicants may lack ONE of the required general education courses by August 31. All required general education courses must be completed by the time nursing courses begin the following January. No additional classes may be taken concurrently with nursing classes.
  5. Exhibit a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above. GPA is calculated on the required general-education courses.
  6. Provide an official copy of high school transcript (or GED completion transcript)
  7. Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended
  8. Exhibit proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding the English language. International students from a non-English speaking country must take the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  9. Complete the NACE I test, a standardized pre-entrance exam designed for LPNs.

Students will be ranked and selected based upon the required general education course cumulative GPA and the score on the NACE I test. In the case of a tie for the last slot. the student who submitted his/her application packet first will receive the admission invitiation so it is highly recommended to complete all of the above mentioned tasks as early as possible. Applications will be date and time-stamped at the time of submission.


Students selected for admission will receive a letter of acceptance into the program by mid-October, and must return the acceptance letter stating that they are accepting the invitation and will enroll in the program. This letter can be emailed to the program chair, faxed, or brought to the nursing department in person. If the student chooses to email or fax their letter of acceptance, they should follow up by calling the nursing department to make sure it was received. In the event that the student does not plan to enroll, the student needs to notify the institution so that an alternate student may have the slot. Each institution will have an alternate list of students in the case of a selected student declining his/her acceptance letter.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must:

  1. Submit an unencumbered drug screen upon request.
  2. Submit an unencumbered criminal background check.
  3. Provide proof of completion of current American Heart Association:  Healthcare Provider CPR course (AHA/BLS-HCP).
  4. Provide proof of negative PPD skin test, or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.
  5. Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization series upon entry or sign Declination Statement.
  6. Provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination or 2) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
  7. Provide proof of current flu vaccination.

Applicants may lack one of the required general education courses by August 31st. All required general education courses must be completed by the time nursing courses begin the following January. No additional classes may be taken concurrently with nursing classes.

Academic Progression

In order to progress in the nursing curriculum, the student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all general education and nursing classes, including nursing practicum courses, to progress to the next semester. Nursing courses require students to achieve at least a 78% (lowest "C" grade) to progress.

Re-admission Candidates

Re-admission will be decided by the admitting institution. A student who fails or leaves the program for any reason will be permitted one opportunity to re-enroll (regardless of which semester). The student has the right to appeal to the administration of the admitting institution and should follow that institution's appeal procedures.
Transfers Due to differences in nursing curriculum in other nursing programs, ARNEC will not accept transfer credit for previously taken Registered Nursing courses. Students who were enrolled in another program will follow the same requirements and admission procedures as students who have never attended another nursing program. 

If an enrolled ARNEC student needs to transfer to another ARNEC member institution, then permission may be granted from the institution that the student wishes to transfer to based on space availability and the institution's requirements for transfer students. 

Advanced Placement of Students

Refer to Advanced Placement of Students policy in the admitting college's catalog. 

 Note to All Applicants:  ARNEC faculty reserves the right to alter the curriculum and admission policies whenever change is deemed necessary.

Graduation Policy

Students must have successfully completed all general education courses and all nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better. Upon completion, the student's status will be submitted to the state board of nursing declaring that the student wishes to sit for the licensing examination.

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 understand 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