PN Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

1.  Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

2.  Meet minimum skill levels in English, reading, and math according to the following criteria:

  •  ACT or COMPASS English scores (taken within the last four years) or course work indicating placement into ENGL 0163 Introduction to Writing or higher
  •  ACT or COMPASS reading scores (taken within the last four years) or course work indicating no reading required
  •  ACT or COMPASS math scores (taken within the last four years) or course work indicating placement into MATH 1203 Intermediate Algebra or higher

3.  Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.

4.  Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of "C" or higher in each course prior to fall entry; prerequisite courses are listed on the degree plan for a total of 7 hours

5.  Students may not attempt any course more than twice and be eligible for admission into the nursing program.

6.  Earn a minimum overall score of 105 (composite percentile score at the 60th percentile) on the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX PN) prior to the application deadline.

  • For more information about testing, go to the Testing Center website.

NOTE: The application process for the PN Program requires a criminal background check. Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study. PN licensure requires a state and federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to write the licensure exam to become a licensed practical nurse (see Addendum). The criminal background check information and frequently asked questions are located on the ASBN website at www.arsbn.org; click on the Licensing tab.

 

Degree Requirements

View the degree requirements for the LPN Technical Certificate.

 

Selection

Selection is based on the following system:

  • Quality Points earned for courses on PN degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes)*
  • Scored earned on the NLN PAX-PN

NOTE: In the event that applicants have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average. Top applicants will be offered positions for the available seats in the PN Program. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission or taking courses on the PN degree plan does not guarantee admission into the program. Students not admitted must reapply to be considered for another semester. Students chosen as alternates are not guaranteed a position in the next class.

 

NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-PN)

The PAX-PN will be given at least 3 times a year. Registration for the PAX-PN is required in advance of the scheduled exam dates. Test candidates are required to create a user account, complete an on-line registration form, and make payments at www.nlnonlinetesting.org. The content areas of the PAX-PN exam include: Science, Math, Verbal skills, Reading comprehension, Health and First Aid. The test is timed for three (3) hours.

  • The non-refundable test fee is $35.00. If you cancel and re-schedule a test, you are required to pay a new test fee of $35.00 plus a $15.00 service charge to NLN.
  • A study guide and general test information is available at www.nlnonlinetesting.org.

There is a 3 month waiting period before those who fail the test can retake it again. Students are allowed one retake during that semester. Retakes are for test failures only. The most recent score will be used for ranking purposes. Scores may be used for two years following the date of examination.

 

Pre-Entrance Exam Dates

2016 NLN PAX-PN Exam Dates & Registration Information - TBA

 

Student Health Statement/Medical Release Form

Students accepted into any of the College of Health Sciences programs will be required to provide documentation of good physical and mental health by completion of the Healthcare Provider Statement/Medical Release form. Documentation of all health problems and a medical release form will be required. Copies of immunization records and a valid CPR certification must be submitted. No student will be allowed to attend a clinical rotation without the required health data records.

  • CHS Student Health Statement/Medical Release

 

Additional Documentation

Students admitted into the PN program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall entry:

  • Healthcare Provider Statement/Medical Release form
  • Proof of immunizations
  • CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screen

Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study.

Progression

Science courses taken more than five years prior to entering the program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Executive Director of the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. See your advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.

 

The PN Program is competency based in skills and theory. A student must demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance, 100 percent mastery on all Competency Performance Evaluations (CPE), and maintain a minimum average cumulative score of 77 percent on Competency Performance Assessments (CPA) including the final CPA for each course.

 

A student dropped for academic or any other reason may apply for readmission if in compliance with the UAFS Student Academic Progress Policy as outlined in the course catalog. A student who discontinues the nursing sequence for academic or any other reason must petition for readmission to the PN Program. The readmission requirements are found in the PN Student Handbook (see the Readmission Criteria & Procedure Policy). The student is not guaranteed a position for readmission. A student who is readmitted is accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

 

A grade of “C” or better is required in ALL courses applicable to the Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing.
 

Clinical Education

The Practical Nursing Program places a strong emphasis on clinical education. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to become competent licensed practical nurses. Over the course of one year, students follow a structured rotation schedule through the clinical sites. Major clinical sites for the Practical Nursing Program are listed below:

Fianna Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
8411 South 28th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72908
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center
1401 South J Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Methodist Nursing Home
1915 S 74th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Mercy - Fort Smith
7301 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Sparks Regional Medical Center
1001 Towson Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Graduation

To earn a PN certificate, a student must earn a grade of "C" or betting in all required courses applicable to the PN Program; earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all course work required for the major; and earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all work attempted at the University. The student must meet with the Advising Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences to complete the graduation application one year prior to intended graduation.

 

After being granted the Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for a licensed practical nurse (NCLEX-PN).