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The Registered Nursing program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. Eight colleges have joined together to form a consortium, the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC). ARNEC offers a new and innovative approach via a nontraditional delivery format of nursing theory by interactive video. The following institutions are members of the ARNEC program:  Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas (CCCUA) – DeQueen,  South Arkansas Community College (SACC) – El Dorado, the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH), and UA Rich Mountain (UACCRM).

Theory (nursing lectures) will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30 – 8:30 PM and clinical time will take place on weekends. This program is designed to meet the needs of working LPNs/LVNs.
This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree which pre pares them to take the NCLEX-RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination).

Due to the strenuous nature of the nursing curriculum, the admitting institution reserves the right to determine eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the nursing program. Eligibility is determined by the faculty’s evaluation of the student’s ability to perform the tasks and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse and to complete the clinical and course objectives. These abilities are re-evaluated during and after each course.



Program outcomes are set by the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC).

Students will be able to:

  1. Provide quality, safe, holistic, patient-centered, evidence-based nursing to diverse patient populations across the lifespan guided by a caring attitude.
  2. Engage in critical thinking necessary to provide quality patient care.
  3. Implement quality improvement measures for diverse patient populations.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interprofessional team.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  7. Function as a competent nurse assimilating professional, ethical, and legal guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.

The College Catalog/Student Handbook has more details about this degree.

AAS-Registered Nursing Degree Plan