Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees in

Nursing (ADN)

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Helena-West Helena
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AAS Nursing Program of Study Form pdf 145 KB

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). 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 an application for initial licensure. Thus, 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 requirements in the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act (pdf). Clinical facilities may also require a criminal background check and/or drug test as a condition of clinical practice in the respective facility. If a clinical facility denies a student permission to participate in patient care in that facility and the student cannot be placed in another clinical agency, the student must withdrawal from the nursing course.

For further program information, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing may be contacted at: University Tower Building, Suite 800, 1123 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619, Phone: 1-501-686-2700, Fax: 1-501-686-2714, Website:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission is also a resource for program information. ACEN may be contacted at: 3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 1-404-975-5000, Fax: 1-404-975-5020, Website:

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.

ADN Program Information

Course Requirements

  • Pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before making application to the ADN program.
  • Science courses taken more than 5 years before admission to the ADN program must be repeated.
  • Applicants who repeat a required math course or any science course more than one time within the past five (5) years to remove a grade of "W", "EW", "D", or "F" will not be considered for admission.
  • Courses with an NG prefix must be taken in sequence prescribed. General education courses may be taken earlier than prescribed or as prescribed co-requisites.

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