The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) is a group of 8 community Arkansas community and technical colleges: Arkansas State University/Newport, Black River Technical College/Pocahontas and Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas/Nashville, Community College/Mena, South Arkansas Community College/El Dorado, Ozarka College/Melbourne, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton that teamed up to provide students the possibility for an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing. Students that are already accepted will take advantage of the new learning delivery offered in the fall. The majority of the courses are taught using an interactive video delivery for lectures; nonetheless, this fall will contain face-to-face instruction and a live streaming alternative for a hybrid component for some classes. Pupils will be permitted to choose the delivery technique they prefer on specific days. ARNEC is endorsed by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) is a consortium of 8 community and technical colleges situated in rural areas of Arkansas. ARNEC was designed to provide LPN’s/LVN’s with the possibility to take the subsequent step towards improving their careers in nursing by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, which sets them to take the RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). A lot of LPN’s/ LVN’s have not taken this action yet because they were unable to stop working and travel to institutions that offered Registered Nurse (RN) Completion programs. The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium was designed to help rural nurses meet this need. The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium provides a means for Arkansas’ higher education institutions to serve LPN’s/ LVN’s who wish to become RN’s without departing from the communities in which they live and also work.
Total program cost is USD $10,100
Following are the minimum requirements for ADN-RN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
- Background checks will be conducted on selected applicants prior to the beginning of the program. If an applicant’s/ student’s background check is unsatisfactory, he/she will not
be admitted to the program. Note: This background check is at the student’s expense
Applicants must show proof of:
- Complete an ARNEC program application
- Graduate from a State Board approved technical /practical nursing program or be deemed qualified by a State Board to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and show successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam.
- Possess an active, valid, unencumbered LPN/LVN license
- Complete the required general education courses from an accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or better.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above. GPA is composed of the required general education courses.
- You must have a copy of all college transcripts for advisement with OFFICIAL transcripts for ALL college by September 15th.
- All classes are taught in the English language. Students whose native language is not English will be required to show evidence of proficiency by being able to speak, write, and comprehend the English language by taking the institution’s ESL exam.
- Drug screen (per admitting institution protocol)
Students will be ranked and selected based on their GPA of the required general education course and their pre-entrance exam score.
The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (
Address: 7648 Victory Blvd Newport, AR 72112
Telephone: (870) 512-7800
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