Nursing practice combines the science of health and the art of caring. A humanistic blend of scientific knowledge, nursing philosophy, clinical practice, and general education, this program upholds the values and standards of nursing practice and teaches that learning is a lifelong process. General education courses, along with general education skills integrated into technical courses, assist students in becoming contributing members of society, enhance career goals, and provide appropriate background to students who wish to gain further education in the profession. Through general education, students develop, synthesize, and internalize personal values increase their awareness of the human condition; strengthen basic skills in communications and computation; and integrate general and career-specific learning.
Instructors create a learning environment that allows individual input, growth, and evaluation, with a learning process proceeding from the simple to the complex. The clinical and academic experiences in the professional curriculum are interdependent and reinforce each other, with the academic setting providing an information and theory base that is integrated, expanded, and verified in the clinical setting. Because health care and nursing are constantly changing, students learn that licensed practical nurses must exhibit a flexible and holistic approach to health care delivery, understand the changing health care environment, and develop strategies for continually seeking new treatment information. Students learn that practical nurses are integral and valuable members of the health care team, functioning under the guidance of a registered nurse and demonstrating ethical, legal, and professional conduct of the highest order in their personal and vocational relationships.
Upon completion of the program, students will
Applicants are admitted to this program only after meeting specific selection criteria. Information about these criteria is available from the Admissions Officer/Recruiter. Students who are selected for the program are expected to attend full-time and take all courses in the prescribed sequence.
Applications for the LPN classes beginning in January (Melbourne campus only) are accepted September 1 – November 1.
For classes starting in August, (all campuses) applications are accepted February 1 – April 1.
Clinical experience will be in a variety of clinical settings within the four county area as well as some sites in Missouri. All travel and expenses are the responsibility of the student.
The hours required for the LPN Program meet or exceed the minimum requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Technical College System. This program requires three regular semesters on the Melbourne Campus, with no summer classes, and three semesters including summer for the 11 month program on the Ash Flat and Mountain View campuses which begin each fall, and Mammoth Spring campus which begins each Spring.
Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) after completing classes to be licensed to practice. All accepted applicants must undergo a criminal background check. Persons convicted of a felony may or may not be allowed to take the examination. Approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing will need to be obtained.