Registered Nursing
AAS = Associate of Applied Science | 2 years

Registered Nursing AAS = Associate of Applied Science | 2 years

Application deadline is April 1

Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry, helping patients on what is usually the worst time of their lives.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The curriculum in nursing is a full-time program, requiring a full-time commitment from its students. The faculty of the Department of Nursing discourages its students from full-time employment. Students with financial difficulties should discuss alternatives to employment with the Financial Aid Office. Students in the program need a flexible schedule because 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.

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 Registered Nursing programs at North Arkansas College located in Harrison, Arkansas are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the registered nursing program is continuing accreditation.


You must submit a general Northark admissions application AND a health professions application to be considered for the program.

Transfer or Stackable Options

North Arkansas College has articulation agreements with several schools throughout Arkansas to allow for a seamless transfer of credits to a four-year college.

Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize therapeutic communication and serve as patient advocate to promote patient centered care.  (Human Flourishing)
  • Apply principles of critical reasoning using collaboration and teamwork to promote safe quality care.  (Nursing Judgment)
  • Seek out learning opportunities using technology to integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise for delivery of optimal health care.  (Spirit of Inquiry)
  • Demonstrate professional behavior that reflects accountability and ethical nursing practice.  (Professional Identity)

Licensure & Certification

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