Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

The Practical Nursing Program at South Arkansas Community College, approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, is designed to prepare practical nurses to assist in providing nursing care in a variety of acute and convalescent health care environments for patients across the lifespan. Students seeking admission to the nursing program must complete all pre-nursing courses as outlined below.

The program offers a three-semester day class in El Dorado and a three-semester day class at our satellite campus in Warren in addition to a four-semester evening class in El Dorado. The day class in Warren begins each January and concludes in December, and the day class in El Dorado begins each May and concludes in April. The evening class begins on an alternating January and August schedule. Students admitted to the day class are expected to complete the program in three semesters (12 months).

Students admitted to the evening class are expected to complete the program in 4 semesters (18 months). Each unit or segment of the program must be successfully completed in order to proceed to the next level. Graduates of either of these programs will be qualified to give bedside nursing care including: administration of medications, performance of a variety of procedures requiring technical skills; and the application of scientific principles, such as sterile technique.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded the Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses. The awarding of the certificate in practical nursing is not contingent upon the successful completion of the NCLEX examination. Successful completion of the NCLEX examination allows the individual to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

There is an application deadline for each class. What do nurses do? Nurses evaluate patients and record their findings, keep records of their symptoms and progress, administer medications and help instruct the family in proper health care. These services have traditionally been performed in hospitals. However, the changing health-care delivery system in the United States has brought more choice in selecting work settings for experienced nurses. As a staff or primary care nurse, you would work in hospitals, clinics, schools, and industry providing direct care to patients. With experience and additional education, you can advance to an administrative position as a head nurse, advanced practice nurse, nurse educator or supervisor.

Accreditation / Approval

The South Arkansas Community College nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the practical nursing program receive a technical certificate in nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination, which is required for practice in Arkansas.


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