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ADN Alternate Admission Requirements

Students may also enter the program via challenge or articulation from a practical nursing program or by transferring from another nursing program.

  1. Challenge students are only licensed practical nurses or licensed psychiatric technical nurses without required work experience who are granted advanced placement through examination.
  2. Articulation students are only licensed practical nurses or licensed psychiatric technical nurses who seek enrollment with advanced placement based on the statewide progression model.
  3. Transfer students are those who left another nursing program and are seeking to enroll with or without advanced placement in the PCCUA program.
  • Transfer students will not receive an application for admission to the ADN program until the Dean of Allied Health receives a letter of good standing from the Director/Chair/Dean of the program from which the student is transferring. "Good Standing" is defined as being eligible for enrollment in the program from which the student is transferring.

A limited number of spaces may be available for students seeking alternate admission.

LPNs or LPTNs who pass the challenge exams or meet requirements of the Progression Model will be accepted into the appropriate semester providing space is available. Once a LPN or LPTN enrolls in the ADN Program, advanced placement is no longer an option for progression. 

 

Credit for Nursing Courses by Articulation or Challenge

PCCUA Course

Challenge Exam

Required Score

Semester Hours

NG 107 Without required work experience:  NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) I PN-RN Foundations of Nursing Decision Score of 75  7
NG 107 NLN Normal Nutrition Achievement Test 70th Percentile or above 0

NG 107

Drug Dosage Calculation Exam
Skill Competency Exam
or
Progression Model Tables I  and III

90

Pass

0

0

Total Nursing Credits Allowed by Transfer or Challenge

7

 

 

Credit for General Education Courses

PCCUA Course

Challenge Exam

Required Score

Semester Hours

EH 113 (ENGL 1013) and EH 123 (ENGL 1023)

CLEP

Refer to College Catalog
for acceptable scores

6

MS 123
(MATH 1103)

CLEP

Refer to College Catalog
for acceptable scores

3

PSY 213
(PSYC 1103)

CLEP

Refer to College Catalog
for acceptable scores

3

Total General Education Credits Allowed by Challenge

12

  * Numbers in parentheses denote ACTS course numbers.

Alternate Admission Process

  1. Students seeking alternate admission must contact the Dean of Allied Health to discuss placement in the program.
  2. Applications may be obtained from the ADN program secretary on the Helena-West Helena campus.
  3. Students seeking alternate admission must complete all admission requirements and prerequisites before placement can be determined.
  4. The completed application must be received in the Nursing Department Office on the Helena-West Helena campus no later than April 1st to be considered for admission to the fall semester or October 1st to be considered for admission to the spring semester. No late applications will be accepted.
  5. Students seeking enrollment into the program by alternate admission are ranked according to the following criteria and are admitted in a 1 to 1 ratio with applicants seeking readmission until either group or space available is exhausted. Remaining space(s) will be filled from the non-exhausted group. 
    • Qualified challenge applicants will be ranked according to the total number of quality points earned on the NACE I and NLN Achievment Tests. Students who received college credit through NACE I and the NLN Achievement tests will be given quality points equivalent to a course grade of:
      • "C” for a 70-79 decision score or 70-79 percentile range for ranking purposes
      • “B” for a 80-89 decision score or 80-89 percentile range for ranking purposes
      • “A” for a 90-99 decision score or 90-99 percentile range for ranking purposes 
    • Applicants admitted through the Arkansas Progression Model will be ranked according to cumulative GPA translated to quality points for all PN nursing courses.
    • Transfer applicants seeking enrollment by alternate admission in Levels II, III, or IV will be ranked according to the total number of quality points earned for equivalent PCCUA required nursing courses. Transfer students seeking enrollment in Level I will be ranked by the regular admission/selection process
  6. When two or more of the above applicants have an equal number of total points, applicants will be admitted according to the date and time the application was received in the Nursing Department Office on the Helena-West Helena campus.  
  7. Applicants who are not selected or who elect not to enroll must submit another application and meet Drug Dosage Calculation Exam and Skill Competency Exam requirements to be considered for the next year. 
  8. Rare exceptions to the Alternate Admission policy can be made by the Promotion and Graduation Committee.

Skill Competency Exam

Demonstration of skill competency is a pre-requisite for all students seeking alternate admission to Levels II, III, and IV. Skill competency evaluation times will be posted on the program web page. A maximum of two (2) opportunities will be offered to demonstrate competency. Any missed skill competency evaluation will be counted as a "fail". Applicants who fail to demonstrate skill competency will not be eligible for enrollment. 

Drug Dosage Calculation Exam

The Drug Dosage Calculation Exam is a pre-requisite for all alternate admission students except for transfer students seeking enrollment in Level I.  Exam times are posted on the program Webpage. The applicant must pass the exam  before enrollment. A maximum of three (3) opportunities are offered to score 90% or above on the exam. Only a basic calculator with the capacity to add, subtract, multiply, and divide can be used. No calculators with advanced functions are allowed.  Any missed exam will be counted as a fail. Applicants who fail to score a minimum of 90% on the Drug Dosage Calculation Exam will not be eligible for enrollment.

 See articulation tables as published in the ADN Information Packet.