The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium LPN/LPTN/LVN to RN Transition provides an educational curriculum approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to prepare students to be eligible to take the licensure exam for Registered Nurses.

Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.

All students admitted to the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium LPN/LVN to RN program must read the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act, ACA §17-87-312, (provided in course syllabi each semester) and submit a signed statement indicating that they understand that graduating from a nursing program in Arkansas does not assure the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s approval to take the licensure examination.

This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences. Eight LPN programs 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. Nursing lectures are scheduled two evenings a week from 3:30 –8:30 and clinical time approximately every other weekend. This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX- RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination). Due to the strenuous nature of the curriculum, faculty will admit students based on the students’ 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.

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LPNs/LVNs/LPTNs are required to complete the following general education requirements prior to entering the RN program.

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The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as No Comparable Course. Additionally, courses with a D frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.