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Practical Nursing (PN)

Practical Nursing Faculty

North Arkansas College Practical Nursing Program named #2 in Arkansas

Nursing is a very hard and challenging career, but it is also very rewarding. Nursing requires an individual who is competent, caring, and professional. The practical nursing program at Northark strives to prepare student for this endeavor. The PN program has been granted full approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and traditionally has a 100 % pass rate on the NCLEX-PN.

Applicant Letter and Program Overview 

Estimated Cost 

Mental & Physical Abilities & Skills Required in the Nursing Program 
Degree requirements (January)
Degree requirements (August)

We offer two classes a year (January & August) and the program is 11 months in length.  The admission information below must be received before April 15 for the August class and October 15 for the January class in order for you to be considered for the practical nursing program.  To be eligible for admission the student must:

  1. be accepted as a student at North Arkansas College (see admission procedures).
  2. complete the Practical Nursing application by October 15 for the January class or April 15 for the August class.
  3. provide official high school transcript or GED scores.
  4. have official transcripts from colleges/universities attended sent to Northark’s Registrar’s office.
  5. have completed the ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS test and sent a copy of the scores with the application to the PN program.
  6. have completed all college preparatory classes based on his/her scores on the ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS test with a “C” or above before being accepted into the Practical Nursing Program.
  7. be willing to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) American Heart Association Health Care Provider prior to entry into the Practical Nursing Program. Students must maintain certification through the program.
  8. be willing to complete a health statement and turn it in to the Practical Nursing Program by the first day of class if accepted into the program.
  9. be willing to provide proof of MMR, tuberculosis skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray, Hepatitis B vaccine series, or sign a waiver, and knowledge of having chicken pox, varicella vaccine, or sign a waiver on the first day of class. Student must maintain tuberculosis skin test though the program.
  10. be willing to accept the position in the program if accepted by the date indicated on the acceptance letter.
  11. be willing to attend an all day mandatory orientation session prior to starting the program.
  12. be willing to submit to a federal and state background check as required by the State Board of Nursing. The State Board of Nursing may not allow an individual to sit for the NCLEX if a previous criminal record is discovered on the background check; even though the student has successfully completed the program.

*All non-English speaking students shall meet the same admission criteria as other students and pass an English proficiency exam.

If you need guidance or have questions, you need to make an appointment with Debbie Day, the Director of Practical Nursing, at (870) 391-3369. The Director will be your advisor and assist you with any questions.


The North Arkansas College Practical Nursing Program exists to prepare the Practical Nurse to provide competent care and exhibit caring and professional behaviors in a variety of settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse and/or physician.