• ARNEC was created to provide LPN’s/LVN’s with the opportunity to take the next step towards advancing their careers in nursing by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, which prepares them to sit for the RN licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN.
  • ARNEC is a consortium of eight community and technical colleges located in rural areas of Arkansas. Members: UA Hope-Texarkana, ASU-Beebe, Black River Technical College, UA Cossatot, UA Rich Mountain, Ozarka, South Arkansas Community College, UA Morrilton

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

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  • The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) collaborates with 22 colleges and universities across the State to expand higher education opportunities for Arkansas law enforcement. Through two unique programs—Crime Scene Investigation and Law Enforcement Administration—law enforcement personnel can now obtain Certificates of Proficiency, Technical Certificates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees in fields of study specific to the law enforcement profession.
  • Both programs of study are available exclusively to Arkansas law enforcement officers who are actively employed within a law enforcement agency in the State. To successfully complete a program, participants will be required to take special courses through the Criminal Justice Institute along with general education courses from collaborating colleges and universities. Although officers will be required to pay all tuition and fees of the college or university, college credit for courses completed at CJI will be provided free of charge to Arkansas law enforcement personnel, allowing them to complete certificate and degree programs at a fraction of the normal cost. Information concerning financial aid opportunities, including Pell grants, student loans, and workforce improvement grants, can be obtained by contacting the financial aid offices of participating higher education institutions and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Examinations are administered in all CJI courses that are included in the Academic Certificate and AAS Degree Programs. If you are currently participating or intend to participate in these academic programs, taking these examinations when initially offered is required.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Rapid advances in the forensic sciences have had a tremendous impact on criminal investigations. Utilizing new technologies and techniques, investigators today have more resources at hand than ever before to successfully process crime scenes. The Crime Scene Investigation program has been designed to provide law enforcement practitioners with these resources. Through hands-on instruction and access to experts in the field, participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and appropriately document, collect, preserve, and store evidence from a crime scene, ultimately allowing them to solve more crime in their communities.
  • Law Enforcement Administration: This program is designed to prepare law enforcement professionals for the unique challenges they will face as supervisors and agency heads. Utilizing proven management principles specific to law enforcement, participants will learn how to better meet the needs of their personnel and constituents. In addition, they will develop needed skills in critical areas of law enforcement management, including communication, case law, agency development, and much more.


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Child Development Associate coursework is intended to prepare the student for the final CDA Council Assessment to qualify for a Child Development Credential. The credential is awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.

  • The Early Childhood Education program is not designed for teaching K-12. This program is designed for someone to work with children ages birth to five years old in a child care setting. For example: employment opportunities exist in pre-school, Head-Start centers, child development centers, and home child care, etc.


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Funeral Service Education Collaboration

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