Practical Nursing

Program Description

The UAM-CTC Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing with regular evaluations to ensure a quality education in the nursing field.  The program is designed to prepare qualified individuals to meet community nursing needs and perform those functions which are generally recognized as being within the scope of practical nursing and where the skill of registered nursing is not required.  Practical nursing is a career that offers many rewards including the satisfaction that comes from helping others. The practical nursing student is prepared for giving direct and primary nursing care under the immediate supervision of the instructor/clinical instructor, physicians, and staff nurses of the cooperating clinical facilities. 

Student Learning Outcomes 

Successful completers of this program will be able to:

  • Utilize the nursing process when providing nursing care to a variety of patients across the life span.
  • Safely and efficiently perform skills and procedures within the scope of LPN practice.
  • Practice within the accepted ethical-legal nursing framework.
  • Assume responsibility for continuing personal and professional growth.
  • Use effective communication skills in interactions with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team.

Students are enrolled into the program once a year beginning with the fall semester.  The curriculum of the program is standardized to meet the approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.  Regular evaluations are conducted by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to ensure continued quality education.  The program evaluation and the annual pass rate of graduates on the licensure exam must be within ASBN’s established standards in order for the program to receive continued approval.

Technical Certificate

PREREQUISITES for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing or the Practical Nursing Technical Certificate:

Course Title
BIOL 2233 Anatomy & Physiology I (ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology I) (Corequisites: ENGL 1013; BIOL 1063 recommended)
BIOL 2291 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology I) (Corequisite:  BIOL 2233)
BIOL 2243 Anatomy & Physiology II (ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy & Physiology II) (Prerequisites:  BIOL 2233; CHEM 1023) (Corequisite for CHEM 1023:  ENGL 1013; MATH 0183 or equivalent)
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy & Physiology-II) (Corequisite:  BIOL 2243)
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalent ENGL 1013 Composition I) (or higher-level composition course)
MATH 1043 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalent MATH 1103 or higher-level mathematics course)
PE 2113 Nutrition
NA 1017 Nursing Assistant
CIS 1013 Introduction to Computer-based Systems (ACTS Equivalent CPSI 1003) or higher-level computer course)


PREREQUISITES for Practical Nursing Technical Certificate ONLY:

Course Title
COM 1203 Tech Communication (or higher-level composition course)
MAT 1203 Tech Mathematics (or higher-level mathematics course)
NUR 1514 PN Anatomy & Physiology
PE 2213 Nutrition
NA 1017 Nursing Assistant
CFA 1103 Tech Computer Fundamentals (or higher-level computer course)
Major Requirements for Students Seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree or a Practical Nursing Technical Certificate.
Dept Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 1162 PN Nursing of Geriatrics/Management 2
NUR 1231 PN Nursing of Mothers & Infants 1
NUR 1117 PN Basic Nursing Principles & Skills 7
NUR 1002 PN Pharmacology 2
NUR 1242 PN Nursing of Children 2
NUR 2264 PN Clinical I 4
NUR 1317 PN Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7
NUR 1101 Vocational/Legal/Ethics 1
NUR 1203 Intravenous (IV) Therapy 3
NUR 2151 PN Mental Health & Illness 1
NUR 2326 Clinical II 6
NUR 2242 PN Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 2
NUR 2422 PN Clinical III 4
Exit: Practical Nursing Technical Certificate:   42

Print a Practical Nursing Technical Certificate Program of Study.

Application Process
UAM - CTC Practical Nursing Handbook

Successful completion of the practical nursing program does not assure Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s approval to take the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nursing (NCLEX-PN).  If you have been convicted of a crime of any type, go to the following link for more information or see a faculty member.

Criminal Background Check ASBN Nurse Practice Act

Criminal Background Check Form