accordance with college policy as stated in the College
Catalog, this publication is not to be construed as a
contract between the student and the Practical Nursing Program.
All programs within the Division of Allied Health reserve the
right to make changes at any time in individual courses, the
curriculum leading to a degree or certificate, as well as
policies contained in the PN Information Packet, PCCUA
College Catalog, student handbooks, and web. Students
must be familiar with, observant of, and subject to all rules
and regulations of PCCUA.
The Practical Nursing Program is designed to
prepare qualified individuals to meet community nursing needs
and perform those functions which are recognized as being within
the scope of practical nursing and where the skill of a
registered nurse is not required.
Graduates are eligible to submit an application to
write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical
Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Applicants should be aware that
violation of any federal, state, or local drug law or conviction
of a crime might preclude licensure as a practical nurse. The
Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a state and federal
criminal background check before processing an application for
Graduation from the Practical Nursing Program at
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
does not guarantee approval from the
Arkansas State Board of Nursing or from another respective state
board of nursing to take the licensure examination.
For Arkansas residents, please read in the Arkansas Nurse
Practice Act, which can be accessed on line at:
Clinical facilities also may require a
criminal background check and/or substance abuse test as a
condition of clinical practice in the respective facility.
Any student denied access to a clinical facility because of the
individual’s background must withdraw from the clinical and
required co-requisite nursing course(s).
Required Criminal Background Check Before Licensure to
The Arkansas State
Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for
all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing
program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure
examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is
dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act
and Rules. Each applicant will be required to sign a
statement, before beginning the nursing program, verifying the
applicant read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific
offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found
guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold
a license in Arkansas. An individual can access the information at
information is taken directly from the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act, which can be
accessed on line at: http://www.accessarkansas.org/nurse/pdfs/npa_main.pdf
ACA §17-87-312. Criminal Background Checks
Each first-time applicant for a license issued by the Arkansas State Board of
Nursing shall apply to the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas
State Police for a state and national criminal background check, to be conducted
by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The check shall conform to the applicable federal standards and shall include
the taking of fingerprints.
The applicant shall sign a release of information to the board and shall be
responsible to the Department of Arkansas State Police for the payment of any
fee associated with the criminal background check.
Upon completion of the criminal background check, the Identification Bureau
shall forward all information obtained concerning the applicant in the
commission of any offense listed in subsection (e) of this section to the board.
Except as provided in subdivision (1)(1) of this section, no person shall be
eligible to receive or hold a license issued by the board if that person has
pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of, any of the
following offenses by any court in the State of Arkansas, or of any similar
offense by a court in another state, or of any similar offense by a federal
(1) Capital murder,
as prohibited in § 5-10-101;
(2) Murder in
the first degree and second degree, as prohibited in §§
5-10-102 and 5-10-103;
Manslaughter, as prohibited in § 5-10-104;
homicide, as prohibited in § 5-10-105;
Kidnapping, as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
imprisonment in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-11-103;
detention or restraint, as prohibited in § 5-11-106;
as prohibited in § 5-12-102;
Aggravated robbery, as prohibited in § 5-12-103;
(10) Battery in the
first degree, as prohibited in § 5-13-201;
assault, as prohibited in § 5-13-204;
of controlled substance into the body of another
person, as prohibited in § 5-13-202;
threatening in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-13-
(14) Rape, as
prohibited in § 5-14-103;
indecency with a child as prohibited in §§ 5-14-110
(16) Sexual assault
in the first degree, second degree, third degree,
and fourth degree, as prohibited in §§ 5-14-124; 5-14-127;
(17) Incest, as
prohibited in § 5-26-202;
against the family, as prohibited in §§ 5-26-303 - 5-26-
the welfare of incompetent person in the first
degree, as prohibited in § 5-27-201;
the welfare of a minor in the first degree, as
prohibited in § 5-27-203;
child abuse, as prohibited in § 5-27-221(a)(1) and (3);
children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or
print media, transportation of minors for prohibited sexual
conduct, pandering or possessing visual or print medium depicting
sexually explicit conduct involving a child, or use of a child or
consent to use of a child in a sexual performance by producing,
directing, or promoting a sexual performance by a child, as
prohibited in §§ 5-27-303 -5-27-305, 5-27-402, and 5-27-403;
(23) Felony adult
abuse, as prohibited in § 5-28-103;
(24) Theft of
property, as prohibited in § 5-36-103;
(25) Theft by
receiving, as prohibited in § 5-36-106;
(26) Arson, as
prohibited in § 5-38-301;
(27) Burglary, as
prohibited in § 5-39-201;
violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act §§ 5-64-
101 – 5-64-608, as Prohibited in § 5-64-401;
(29) Promotion of
prostitution in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-
(30) Stalking, as
prohibited in § 5-71-229;
attempt, criminal complicity, criminal solicitation, or
criminal conspiracy, as prohibited in §§ 5-3-201, 5-3-202, 5-3-
301, and 5-3-401, to commit any of the offenses listed in this
(32) Computer child
pornography as prohibited in § 5-27-603; and
exploitation of a child in the first degree as prohibited in
(f)(1)(A) The Board
may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit for
licensure to a first time applicant pending the results of the
criminal background check.
The permit shall be valid for no more than six (6) months
(2) Except ad provided in subdivision (1)(1) of this section, upon
receipt of information from the Identification Bureau of the
Department of Arkansas State Police that the person holding the
letter of provisional licensure has pleaded guilty or nolo
contendere to, or has been guilty of, any offense listed in
subsection e of this section, the Board shall immediately revoke
the provisional license.
provisions of subsections e and subdivision (f)(2) of this
section may be waived by the Board upon request of
(a) An affected applicant for licensure; or
The person holding a license subject to revocation.
Circumstances for which a waiver may be granted shall include,
but not be limited to, the following:
(A) The age at which the crime was committed;
(B) The circumstances surrounding the crime;
(C) The length of time since the crime;
(D) Subsequent work history;
(E) Employment references;
(F) Character references;
(G) Other evidence demonstrating does not pose a threat to the
health or safety of the public.
information received by the Board from the Identification
Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police pursuant to
this section shall not be available for examination except by:
the affected applicant for licensure, or his authorized
the person whose license is subject to revocation or his or
her authorized representative.
record, file, or document, shall be removed from the custody
of the Department of Arkansas State Police.
(i) Any information
made available to the affected applicant for licensure or the person whose
license is subject to revocation shall be information pertaining to that person
(j) Rights of
privilege and confidentiality established in this section shall not extend to
any document created for purposes other than this background check.
(k) The Board shall
adopt the necessary rules and regulations to fully implement the
provisions of this section.
(l)(1) For purposes
of this section, and expunged record of a conviction
or a plea of guilty or a plea
of guilty, or nolo contendere to an
offense listed in subsection e
of this section shall not be
considered a conviction, guilty
plea, or nolo contendere plea to
the offense unless the offense
is also listed in subdivision (1)(2)
of this section.
(2) Because of the serious nature of the offenses and the close
relationship to the type of
work that is to be performed, the
following shall result in
(A) Capitol murder is prohibited in
(B) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in section § 5-
10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited
in § 5-10-103
(C) Kidnapping as prohibited in
(D) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103
(E) Sexual assault in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-
14-124 and sexual assault in the second as prohibited
in § 5§ -14-125;
(F) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree
as prohibited in § 5 -27-203 and endangering the
welfare of a minor in the second degree as prohibited
in § 5 -27-204;
(G) Incest as prohibited in § 5 -26-202;
(H) Arson prohibited in § 5 -38-301;
(I) Endangering the welfare of incompetent person in the
first degree as prohibited in § 5 -27-201; and
(J) Adult abuse that constitutes a felony as prohibited in §
The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is approved
Arkansas Board of Nursing (ASBN)
University Tower Building, Suite 800
1123 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
Phone: (501) 686-2700
Fax: (501) 686-2714
State Board approval has been ongoing, with
the most recent approval being granted in 2005.
HESI Exit Exam
A passing score on the HESI Exit Exam is required for successful completion
of PN 215. Students who do not complete HESI testing requirements as scheduled
or who do not meet the established standard will receive a grade of “F” for PN
215. The cost of all exam retakes is the responsibility of the student. Students
may retest twice, but any missed exam will count as a fail. Students should not
schedule an employment orientation and/or employment start date until HESI Exit
Exams have been successfully completed as outlined below:
first exam is scheduled at the end of Level III for all students who are passing
PN 215 at the end of the semester. A grade of “Incomplete” will be recorded for
PN 215 pending the results of the HESI Exit Exam. Students who do not achieve
900 or above on the HESI Exit Exam on the first attempt will be required to take
a second HESI Exit Exam. Prior to the retake, students should utilize NCLEX-PN
review materials for remediation.
The second exam is scheduled four (4) weeks after the first exam.
Students who do not achieve a score of 900 or above on the second HESI Exit Exam
will be required to take an NCLEX-PN review course and a third HESI Exit Exam.
The third HESI Exit Exam will NOT be administered without written documentation
of completion of an NCLEX-PN review course.
third exam is scheduled four (4) weeks after the second exam. Students who do
not achieve a
score of 900 on the third HESI Exit Exam will receive a grade of “F” in PN
215. Students who fail
PN 215 are considered for reentry into PN 215 according to readmission
NLN Achievement and HESI Specialty Tests
Each student takes National League for Nursing Achievement and HESI Specialty Tests at specified
times across the curriculum. These tests, which closely mirror the NCLEX-PN
enhance student learning in two ways:
- Test results allow students to evaluate their knowledge compared to
other students across the country.
- Repetitive testing enhances student's test-taking skills.
NCLEX-PN Pass Rates on the First Write
Results for past years and/or classes are as follows:
|Class of 2011
|Class of 2010
|Class of 2008
||100% with 13 of 14 writing
|Class of 2007
|Class of 2005
|Class of 2004
|Class of 2002:
||No eligible candidates
Job Placement: Rates and Patterns of Employment
One hundred percent (100%) of 2010 graduates seeking employment in a nursing
position in May 2010 were employed; one hundred percent
(100%) of these
were employed in acute- or long-term healthcare facilities at the time of
Employer and Graduate Satisfaction
Graduates and employers are surveyed six months following graduation.
Graduates consistently express satisfaction that they were adequately prepared
for their positions, and employers consistently express satisfaction with PCCUA
Percentage of Graduates Achieving Program Established
Benchmarks for Student Learning Outcomes
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
Core Knowledge 100%
Admission Cohorts Mean HESI EXIT-PN Scores
College Completion Rates
For more than the past five years, the college completion rate for graduates
seeking a Technical Certificate has been 15% (College Catalog).
PN Program Completion Rates as of July 2010.
Completion Rate Final Assessment
Fall 2010 39%
Students admitted to the Associate Degree or Practical Nursing
Program are faced with physical and mental demands in academic, laboratory, and
clinical portions of the program. The National Council of State Boards of
Nursing (NCSBN) has identified essential core activities/attributes for nurses.
Students must be able to perform these Essential Functions listed below. Please
refer to the NCSBN document for examples of specific nursing activities
and attributes. The list of Essential Functions does not encompass all behaviors
required for nursing, but is a sampling of abilities needed to meet program
objectives and requirements. The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs
reserve the right to add additional essential functions to this list the right
to add additional essential functions to this list.
Essential Functions in General Terms
Ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and
Oral and writing ability with accuracy, clarity, and
Manual dexterity, gross and fine motor movement.
Ability to learn, think critically, analyze, assess, solve
problems, and make sound judgments.
Emotional stability and ability to accept responsibility and
Physical mobility, strength, and endurance.
Ability to read and compute.
Students are encouraged to disclose
a disability and to request reasonable accommodation for that disability, as
early as possible during a particular semester, in order that any agreed
upon accommodation may be implemented as soon as possible for the benefit of the
student. Written documentation of
a disclosed disability must be presented to one of the PCCUA Disability
Coordinators who are identified in the PCCUA College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Request for Reasonable Accommodation
Medical documentation from providers
which include, but are not limited to,
a certified/licensed physician, psychologist, psychometrist, audiologist, speech
pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical or occupational therapist must
submitted to a Disability Coordinator, who is
identified in the PCCUA College Catalog and Student Handbook. Documentation
must reflect the student’s present level of functioning with respect to the
major life activity affected by the disability. Diagnostic information must
include specific recommendations as well as the rationale for each. The cost of
obtaining professional documentation is the sole responsibility of the student.
Students with no history of accommodation or who do not
utilize an accommodation granted by PCCUA during their pre-licensure educational program may
be less likely to receive accommodations on the NCLEX licensure testing exam
from the State Board of Nursing where they seek initial licensure.
Arrangements for Reasonable Accommodation
Reasonable clinical and classroom accommodation
will be offered providing such accommodation does not alter the fundamental
nature of the nursing program in a major way, jeopardize the health and safety
of others, or cause undue hardship on the college or affiliated clinical
Make an appointment to meet with a Disability
Coordinator as early as possible during a particular semester, preferably before
a semester begins. A Disability Coordinator is located on each campus and
identified in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Obtain an Application for Disability Services
Submit to the Disability Coordinator (1) a completed Application
for Disability Services Form and (2) medical documentation from providers
which include, but are not limited to, a certified/licensed physician,
psychologist, psychometrist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation
counselor, physical or occupational therapist. Medical documentation must
reflect the student’s present level of functioning with respect to the major
life activity affected by the disability. Diagnostic information must include
specific recommendations as well as the rationale for each.
The cost of obtaining professional documentation is the sole
responsibility of the student.
The Disability Coordinator will verify
eligibility and discuss with the student the medically recommended
The Disability Coordinator and student will identify and agree
upon reasonable accommodation(s).
The Disability Coordinator will complete a Faculty Notification
of Services Form, which identifies recommended reasonable accommodation(s).
The Disability Coordinator will give the completed Faculty
Notification of Services Form to the student.
The student will assume responsibility for taking the completed
Faculty Notification of Services Form to each of the student’s instructor(s) to
discuss the identified accommodation(s) on the Faculty Notification of Services
Form. (The Disabilities Coordinator will email the instructors who are teaching
courses for which the students has requested accommodation(s).
instructor and student will discuss the requested reasonable accommodation(s).
instructor will sign the Faculty Notification of Services Form indicating his or
her notification to provide reasonable accommodation services. Each instructor
will keep a copy of the signed Faculty Notification of Services Form for his/her
will return the original Faculty Notification of Services Form to the
Disabiility Coordinator after each of the student’s instructor(s)
for a particular semester has/have signed the form.
Disability Coordinator will keep signed copy of the Application for Disability
Services Form, medical documentation, and Faculty Notification of Services Form
in the Disability Coordinator’s office.
Disability Coordinator will send a copy of the Application for Disabilities
Services Form, medical documentation, and Faculty Notification of Services Form
in a sealed envelope to the Registrar’s Office for inclusion in the student’s
permanent academic record.
Requests to rescind or modify any accommodation must be submitted
in writing to the student’s Disability Coordinator and all instructors
providing reasonable accommodation(s) for a particular semester.
request to receive accommodation services for a disclosed
disability MUST BE REPEATED each and every semester the student is
enrolled. However, documentation does not need to be presented to the
Disabilities Coordinator each semester unless the status of a disability changes
requiring a different level of accommodation.
Information in the
student’s disability file is confidential. Information pertaining to the
student’s disability will be maintained in a sealed envelope in the student’s
permanent academic record. Information about the existence and the relevant
limitations of a disability and the accommodation for which a student is
eligible will be disclosed only with the student’s written permission. The
student must provide written permission for disclosure to secure academic and
support services (parking, library usage, etc.). The graduate assumes sole
responsibility for contacting the respective state board of nursing to request
accommodation during the licensure exam.
A student may appeal a decision concerning accommodation by
first requesting an informal meeting with
Disability Coordinator and Vice Chancellor for Instruction and instructor
If the issue is not resolved, the student may activate the formal grievance process as
outlined in the PCCUA Policy and Procedure Manual.
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 admission and degree
requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in
ACTS as “No Comparable Course.” Additionally, courses with an earned grade of
“D” or less frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS
may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE Website and selecting
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas complies with the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. A student has the
right to inspect and review all of his/her records that meet the definition of
educational records. No third party has the right to review student records.
Directory information can be provided, unless the student requests that it be
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas does not provide
insurance for its students. The college does encourage each student to secure
his/her own insurance, and for that reason, the college has contacted United
States Healthcare Student Resources. Forms for this insurance are available in
the Registrar’s office.