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
Associate Degree 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 ADN 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.
Program graduates are eligible to submit an application to write the National
Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Applicants
should be aware violation of any federal, state, or local drug law or
conviction of a crime may preclude licensure as a registered nurse. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a
state and federal criminal background check before processing any application for initial
Graduation from the Associate Degree 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:
http://www.accessarkansas.org/nurse/pdfs/npa_main.pdf.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
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 (l)(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 curriculum focuses on six major concepts: (1) patient-centered care, (2)
clinical judgment, (3) quality improvement processes, (4) collaboration and
teamwork, (5) information management, as well as (6) leadership, management,
legal, and ethical principles. Students are introduced to these concepts early
in the curriculum and develop a more in-depth understanding of these concepts as
they progress across the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the provision of
safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care across the
lifespan. Students are taught to critically think when applying the nursing
process to make correct clinical judgments when providing care and interacting
with the interdisciplinary team. The importance of teamwork and collaboration to
achieve patient-centered nursing care as well as identifying and developing
methods for improving the safety and quality of patient care are stressed.
Information principles, techniques, systems, and patient care technology are
used to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support
decision-making when providing safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care.
Leadership, management, legal, and ethical principles that guide nursing
practice are addressed throughout the program.
The program is approved by the
Arkansas Board of Nursing (ARSBN) 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 2012 through 2017.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is fully, accredited by the Accrediting
Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN) formerly known as NLNAC,
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite
850, Atlanta, GA, 30326. Phone- (404) 975-5000 Fax- (404) 975-5020.
The next accreditation visit is scheduled for the fall of 2017.
HESI Exams for May
2014 and 2015 Graduates
Students pay the cost of HESI Testing. Testing costs are subject
to change based on pricing policy from the test vendor. Testing cost includes
the exam price, shipping and handling.
HESI Custom Exam
All Level II students who
are passing NG 134 at the end of the semester are required to take the HESI
Custom Exam. Students should refer to the course documents for specific testing
date and time. Students who do not score 900, or above, on the HESI Custom Exam
will receive a grade of “Incomplete” and will be required to retake the exam
two (2) weeks following the first exam. Prior to the retake, students should
review Level I and II course material for remediation. Failure to score 900, or
above, on the second write, will result in a grade of “F” in NG 134. Any missed
exam will count as a fail. Students who do not meet the required minimum score
may be considered for reentry into NG 134 according to the readmission policy.
Students pay for the cost of any necessary retesting.
HESI Exit Exam
A passing score on the
HESI Exit Exam is required for successful completion of NG 246. Students who do
not complete HESI testing requirements as scheduled, or who do not meet the
required minimum score, will receive a grade of “F” for NG 246. 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
employment orientations and/or employment start dates until they have passed
HESI Exit Exams as outlined below:
The first exam is scheduled in May for all students who are
passing NG 246 at the end of the semester. A grade of
“Incomplete” will be recorded for NG 246 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 review NCLEX 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-RN review course and a third HESI Exit Exam. The
third HESI Exit Exam will NOT be administered without written documentation
confirming full participation in and full completion of a self-prescribed
NCLEX-RN review course.
The 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 NG 246. Students who fail NG 246 may be
considered as applicants for reentry into NG 246 according to readmission
who fail to achieve a 900 on the third HESI Exit Exam
are NOT eligible to request to take the NCLEX-PN exam as a PN equivalency
Each student takes HESI Specialty Tests at specified times across the curriculum. These tests,
which closely mirror the NCLEX-RN, enhance student learning in two ways:
- Test results allow students to evaluate their
learning compared to other students across the country.
- Repetitive testing enhances student's test-taking
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
The NCLEX pass rate is reported based on the performance of the
of May graduates.
Results for the past seven years are as follows:
2012 Graduates- 94%
2011 Graduates- 81%
2010 Graduates- 83%
2009 Graduates- 100%
Placement: Rates and Patterns of Employment
One hundred percent (100%) of
2013 graduates seeking
employment in a nursing position in May of 2013 were employed; one hundred
percent (100%) of these were employed in acute- or long-term health care
facilities at the time of graduation.
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 graduates.
Percentage of Graduates Achieving Program
Established Benchmarks for Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates 2011 2012 2013
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100% 1
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
Core Nursing Knowledge 100% 100% 100%
Percentage of Level IV Students Meeting the Required
Benchmark Score of 900 on the
HESI Exit-RN Exam
2011 2012 2013
College Graduation Completion Rate
The College completion rate for graduates seeking an associate degree
is 15.7% in 150% time (IPEDS).
ADN Program Completion Rates as of
Current Completion Rate
* Readmission criteria reduced from two readmission to one for the entire
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.
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 agencies.
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 Form. http://www.pccua.edu/StudentsWithDisabilities/PDFs/Students%20with%20Disabilities-Application.pdf.
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.
Disability Coordinator will verify eligibility and discuss with the student the
medically recommended accommodation(s).
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.
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 withheld (PCCUA Student Handbook).
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas does not
provide insurance for its students. The College strongly encourages each student
to provide his/her own health 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.