Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.

All students admitted to the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium LPN/LVN to RN program must read the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act, ACA §17-87-312, (provided in course syllabi each semester) and submit a signed statement indicating that they understand that graduating from a nursing program in Arkansas does not assure the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s approval to take the licensure examination. 

This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. This program is designed to meet the needs of working LPNs/LPTNs/LVNs. Eight LPN programs have joined together to form a consortium, the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC). The following institutions are members of the ARNEC program: Arkansas State University (ASU-N) – Newport, Black River Technical College (BRTC) – Pocahontas, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas (CCCUA) – DeQueen, Ozarka College (OC) – Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College (SACC) – El Dorado, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM), University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) – Hope, Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC)-Mena. ARNEC offers a new and innovative approach via a nontraditional delivery format of nursing theory by interactive video. Nursing lectures are scheduled two evenings a week from 3:30 –8:30 and clinical time approximately every other weekend and offered on both the Hope and Texarkana campuses. This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination). Due to the strenuous nature of the curriculum, faculty will admit students based on the students’ ability to perform the tasks and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse and to complete the clinical and course objectives. These abilities are re-evaluated during and after each course.

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Program Pass Rates

LPNs/LVNs/LPTNs are required to complete the following general education requirements prior to entering the RN program.

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General Education Requirements ACTS Index Number* 33
BIOL  2214  Human Anatomy and Physiology I  BIOL 2404 4
BIOL  2224  Human Anatomy and Physiology II  BIOL 2414 4
BIOL  2234  Microbiology  BIOL 2004 4
ENGL  1013  Composition I  ENGL 1013 3
ENGL  1023  Composition II  ENGL 1023 3
RNSG  1033  Math for Nurses  3
BIOL  2203  Nutrition  3
PSYC  2303  General Psychology  PSYC 1103 3
PSYC  2313  Developmental Psychology  PSYC 2103 3
CSCI  1013  Introduction to Computers  CPSI 1003 3
Upon acceptance to the program, students will enroll in the following courses.
Nursing Course Requirements 33
Spring Semester (16 Weeks)  
RNSG  2119  Nursing Process I  9
RNSG  2123  Nursing Practicum I  3
Summer Semester (8 Weeks)  
RNSG 2216 Nursing Process II  6
RNSG  2223  Nursing Practicum II  3
Fall Semester (16 Weeks)  
RNSG  2318  Nursing Process III  8
RNSG  2311  NCLEX-RN Preparation  1
RNSG  2323  Nursing Practicum III  3
Total   66


The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.”  Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.