Practical Nursing Certificate

Practical Nursing Certificate

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Program Duration

11 months (Three Semesters)

Program Type

Technical Certificate

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About The Program

Application deadline is April 15 for an August start and Oct. 15 for a January start

The nursing job market has had a high growth rate over the last few years, and that trend is expected to continue. Practical nurses take vital signs, administer basic patient care, dress wounds, present patient information to registered nurses and doctors and much more on a daily basis.

In Northark’s program, classroom instruction is coordinated with clinical experience in the nursing care of patients at the local hospital and nursing homes. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The PN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and traditionally has a 100-percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN.

Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Degree and Certificate Options

11-month Practical Nursing Technical Certificate Academic Plan

Transfer or Stackable Options

Graduating from the PN program allows a student to take the NCLEX exam to become a licensed practical nurse. The next step to becoming an RN includes completing all necessary prerequisites and applying to the RN Bridge program.

Faculty Contact

Jennifair Ditmanson MSN, RN, COI
PN Program Director
(870) 391-3369

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program will provide competent nursing care in a variety of settings including the following aspects:
    • Coordinated care
    • Safety and infection control
    • Health promotion and maintenance
    • Basic Care and comfort
    • Pharmacologic therapies
    • Reduction of risk potential
    • Physiologic adaptation
  • Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program will exhibit caring behaviors including:
    • Psychosocial integrity
  • Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program will exhibit professional behaviors including:
    • Coordinated care


Licensure and Certification

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing are able to apply for licensure in Arkansas and Missouri. We are unsure of licensure requirements in other states.