North Arkansas College LPN Program named 8th Best in Southeast

North Arkansas College LPN Program named 8th Best in Southeast

Tue Feb 16, 2021 at 10:59 AM

LPN Nursing Process badgeHigh pass rates on the NCLEX-PN has earned North Arkansas College’s LPN Program another top spot in the nation. A new 2021 report names Northark’s LPN Program 8th Best in the Southeast. A total of 731 school were evaluated based on four factors: NCLEX-PN pass rates; academic quality; the nursing school’s reputation, and affordability.

The LPN program ranks second in the state of Arkansas and admits students in January and August. Classroom instruction is coordinated with clinical experience in the nursing care of patients at the local hospital and nursing homes.

“This recognition highlights our educational investments in modern instructional labs and excellent nursing instructors who train our PN students to provide competent care for residents in our rural northwest Arkansas communities,” Dr. Josephine Kershaw, dean of health professions commented. “Our PN program graduates are highly sought after by local facilities and have a 100% job placement rate in the health care field.  As a career pathway, high school students completing the CNA program can progress into the PN program and they can further transition to the associate’s degree in nursing with the RN-Bridge program or into one of the other health professions programs at Northark.”

Jennifair Ditmanson, PN program director noted the main goals of the program, “We strive to produce nurses who are caring, professional, and competent. Our high pass rates reflect the hard work of our faculty and students. We could not have accomplished this without the support of everyone at North Arkansas College.”

Students learn in a state-of-the-art nursing laboratory and a high-tech Blue & You Foundation Health Simulation Center. Northark’s program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing can apply for licensure in Arkansas and Missouri.

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