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ArFutureThe Department of Nursing at North Arkansas College provides an associate degree education for those qualified individuals who want to provide direct patient care as members of the health care delivery system. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, University Tower Building, Suite 800, 1123 South University, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619, phone: 501-686-2700 or at

The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3334 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020 or at

The curriculum in nursing is a fulltime program, requiring a fulltime commitment from its students. The faculty of the Department of Nursing strongly discourages its students from fulltime or part-time employment. Students with financial difficulties should discuss alternatives to employment with the Financial Aid Office. For information about the Nursing Student Loan Program visit the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website at The schedule of students requires a flexible lifestyle as clinical experience is held at area facilities during assigned hours which may be days or evenings. Because of this, transportation, child care and any employment should be considered prior to entry into the nursing program.

To be eligible for admission, the student must:

  • Be accepted as a student in the college.
  • Complete the nursing application with health statement and attachments for the coming year before April 1 for fall class. The written application must be renewed yearly.
  • Have completed the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS Test and have scores sent to Northark. Transfer students must submit a complete transcript to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Have completed all college preparatory classes based on scores on the ACT, ASSET and COMPASS Test with a “C” or above before being accepted into the nursing program.
  • Have an official high school transcript or GED scores sent to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Have official transcripts of college/universities attended sent to Northark’s Registrar’s Office.
  • Have a minimum grade of “C” in each prerequisite course to Nursing 1107 (CP 0933, MAT 1123 or MAT 1133 or above, BIOL 2214 Anatomy and Physiology I and ALDH 1042 Medical Terminology) and in each course required in the nursing curriculum.
  • Hold a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Immunizations listed are required of all persons participating in the clinical component associated with Northark’s Department of Nursing. The only exception would be for medical reasons. Immunizations required by the RN program include two MMR’s or a positive rubella for antibodies, Hepatitis B series, Tdap and Varicella.
  • Be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for healthcare professionals by the American Heart Association. Students must maintain certification throughout the program.
  • Carry malpractice insurance which is obtained each fall when paying fees. The nursing faculty strongly recommend that nursing students maintain adequate healthcare coverage and disability insurance such that they will be protected in the event of illness and/or injury associated with clinical nursing experiences.
  • Be registered and have fees paid by the date indicated on the acceptance letter.
  • Upon admission to the program, the student will submit to a criminal background check prior to clinical experience. Two to six months before completion of the program, the student will undergo both a state and federal criminal background check for licensure as a nurse in Arkansas, which requires a fingerprint card. The criminal background check shall be completed no earlier than 12 months prior to the application for licensure by examination. Students seeking licensure in another state must contact that state for licensure requirements. A 10 Panel UA drug screen will be completed by accepted applicants. Information regarding the time and lab where the drug screen is to be performed will be given to the student in the orientation information before starting nursing classes.
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    Registered Nursing

    The Registered Nursing program is one of the most popular programs at Northark. Students participate in hands-on activities to practice and learn new skills. The deadline for the RN program application is April 1.

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    Simulation Lab

    The Northark RN program has high-tech simulators including SimMom, SimBaby, SimMan 3G and SimJunior as well as several basic simulators, all housed in a hospital-type setting for a real-world experience.

Faculty Focus
Jacobs RN

Carla Jacobs
Registered Nursing Program Director
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Carla Jacobs has been a nurse in a lot of different fields. “I have been a nurse for 18 years with a variety of experience from obstetrics to cardiology to the emergency room,” she said.


Alumni Success
Brenda Amerson

Brenda Amerson

Brenda Amerson was offered a job before she even graduated from the registered nursing program at Northark. Amerson works at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. “I was hired for the med surg program, and I worked there for five months,” she said. “Then I was asked to come to the OB department, and I love it.”