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PN Program Information


In 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.

General Information

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 initial licensure. 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 by clicking here.  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).  

ACA §17-87-312. Criminal Background Checks

(a)        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.

(b)       The check shall conform to the applicable federal standards and shall include the taking of fingerprints.

(c)        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.

(d)        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.

(e)        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 court:

(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;
            (3) Manslaughter, as prohibited in § 5-10-104;
            (4) Negligent homicide, as prohibited in § 5-10-105;
            (5) Kidnapping, as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
            (6) False imprisonment in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-11-103;
            (7) Permanent detention or restraint, as prohibited in § 5-11-106;
            (8) Robbery, as prohibited in § 5-12-102;
            (9) Aggravated robbery, as prohibited in § 5-12-103;
           (10) Battery in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-13-201;
           (11) Aggravated assault, as prohibited in § 5-13-204;
           (12) Introduction of controlled substance into the body of another person, as prohibited in § 5-13-202;
           (13) Terroristic threatening in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-13-
           (14) Rape, as prohibited in § 5-14-103;
           (15) Sexual 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;
           (18) Offenses against the family, as prohibited in §§ 5-26-303 - 5-26-306;
           (19) Endangering the welfare of incompetent person in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-27-201;
           (20) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-27-203;
           (21) Permitting child abuse, as prohibited in § 5-27-221(a)(1) and (3);
           (22) Engaging 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;
           (28) Felony 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 § 5-70-104;
           (30) Stalking, as prohibited in § 5-71-229;
           (31) Criminal 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 subsection.
           (32) Computer child pornography as prohibited in § 5-27-603; and
           (33) Computer exploitation of a child in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-605.

(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.
                    (B) 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.

           (g)(1) The 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
                      (b) The person holding a license subject to revocation.
                (2)  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.

           (h)(1)  Any 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:  
                      (A) the affected applicant for licensure, or his authorized representative; or
                      (B) the person whose license is subject to revocation or his or her authorized representative.
                (2) No 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 only.

(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 permanent disqualification:

                             (A) Capitol murder is prohibited in § 5-10-101;
                             (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 § 5-14-103;
                             (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 §  5 -28-103.                                                        (2007)


The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is approved by:

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 2015.


Drug Dosage Calculation Competency and Skill Competency Exam Schedule for Readmission and Alternate Admission Students

All exams will be in the Nursing Department on the DeWitt campus.
Exam #1: Monday, April 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Exam #2: Monday, April 16, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Exam #3: Monday, April 23, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Program Effectiveness

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates on the First Write

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing reports a program's annual pass rate based on the number of candidates that take the licensure exam between July 1st and June 30th. Based on this time frame, the program’s annual pass rate may include graduates from more than one graduating cohort.

ARSBN Fiscal Year

July 1st to June 30th ADN Program Annual Pass Rate








Program Completion

The official PN completion rate is reported in 150% time and when all students in the annual admission cohort have graduated or separated from the program.

Admission Cohort

2013 Fall


2012 Spring


2010 Fall



Job Placement

The job placement rate is reported as the percentage of graduates seeking employment who are employed in a nursing position requiring licensure as a practical nurse within 6 months of graduation.

Graduating Class

Placement Rate

2016 May


2014 December


2013 May



Essential Functions Statement

Students applying to or enrolled in the Associate Degree or Practical Nursing program must be aware that they are required to possess the following skills and abilities in order to provide safe patient care in the clinical setting.

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs/or their affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions or skills and reserve(s) the right to amend the essential functions as deemed necessary.

Visual ability

  • Read for prolonged periods of time either hardcopy or on computer screen

  • Visualize small font (6 font) written words and information on paper, computer screen and medication labels

  • Distinguish and appropriately respond to multiple visual inputs

  • Prepare and administer medications including correct use of small calibrated syringes (0.5 mL), ampules, vials etc.

  • Monitor and assess subtle changes in patient status (ex: signs/symptoms, drainage, wound color and appearance, wound depth, cyanosis, etc.)

Auditory ability

  • Hear monitor alarm(s), emergency signals, telephones ringing, telephone interactions, calls for assistance

  • Respond and react immediately to spoken instruction and/or monitor equipment

  • Tolerate occasional exposure to loud and unpleasant noises

  • Distinguish changes in tone and pitch in heart, lung, and bowel sounds using a stethoscope or modified stethoscope

  • Distinguish sounds and understand verbal communication in environments with multiple auditory inputs

Olfactory ability

  • Ability to detect smoke and odors

  • Ability to tolerate occasional unpleasant odors

Tactile ability

  • Palpate for pulses, temperature, texture hardness or softness, physical landmarks etc.

  • Discriminate subtle differences between sharp or dull and hot or cold

Motor function ability

  • Handle small delicate equipment/objects or hand-held devices without extraneous movement, contamination, or destruction

  • Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry adult patients without injury to patient, self, or others

  • Lift, push, pull, or transfer (bed-to-chair, bed-to-bed) an adult or pediatric patient

  • Use hands, wrists, and arms to apply up to 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites or when performing CPR

  • Coordinate eye/hand, fine and gross motor movements

  • Perform electronic keyboarding/documentation and/or extensive writing with a pen and/or pencil

  • Stand, bend, walk, stoop, squat while providing patient care

Communication abilities

  • Effectively read, write, comprehend, and speak the English language

  • Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information in a concise and clear manner both verbally and in writing to patients and health care members

  • Communicate and function effectively in environments with multiple auditory and visual inputs

Cognitive abilities

  • Perform mathematical calculations accurately for medication preparation and administration

  • Make appropriate rapid decisions in stressful or emergency situations

  • Manage multiple priorities and function effectively in stressful situations

  • Remember multiple messages and information

  • Adapt rapidly to environmental changes and multiple task demands

  • Maintain concentration and focus in professional care settings

    Adapted with permission from the ADNP’s Essential Functions Statement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Disability Policy


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.

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 agencies.

  1. 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.

  2. Obtain an Application for Disability Services Form from:

  3. Submit to the Disability Coordinator (1) a completed nd (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.

  4. The Disability Coordinator will verify eligibility and discuss with the student the medically recommended accommodation(s).

  5. The Disability Coordinator and student will identify and agree upon reasonable accommodation(s).

  6. The Disability Coordinator will complete a Faculty Notification of Services Form, which identifies recommended reasonable accommodation(s).

  7. The Disability Coordinator will give the completed Faculty Notification of Services Form to the student.

  8. 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 student has requested accommodation(s).

  9. The instructor and student will discuss the requested reasonable accommodation(s).

  10. The 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 records.

  11. The student will return the original Faculty Notification of Services Form to the Disability Coordinator after each of the student’s instructor(s) for a particular semester has/have signed the form.

  12. The Disability Coordinator will keep the signed copy of the Application for Disability Services Form, medical documentation, and Faculty Notification of Services Form in the Disability Coordinator’s office.

  13. The 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.

  14. 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.

  15. The 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 a Disability Coordinator and Vice Chancellor for Instruction and instructor if applicable. 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 Course Transfer.

FERPA Policy

PCCUA 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 without the student's consent, with very few limited lawful exceptions. Directory information can be provided, unless the student requests that it be withheld (PCCUA Student Handbook).

Health Insurance

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 an insurance agency. Forms for this insurance are available in the Registrar’s office.