National Park Community College
101 College Drive,
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
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ADN Program Details
The admission process to the Nursing Program and the LPN to RN tract for the A. S. degree is selective. The majority of the applicants for the A. S. (RN) Degree are chosen using the grade point average of the general education courses that are required in the A. S. degree plan. Priority is given to those applicants with greater than 20 hours. Specifics of the selection criteria are available in writing by contacting the Nursing Division.
All students entering NPCC are tested by the counseling center and according to the entrance test results are placed in specific math, English, reading, or study skills courses. A student can apply for entrance into the A.S. (RN) Nursing Program according to certain parameters. Information about the admission qualifiers can be obtained in writing by contacting the Nursing Division.
All courses required for the Nursing Program must be completed with a "C" or better. Nursing courses include a theory/classroom grade and a clinical grade. Both components of the course must be passed to progress in the program.
Students admitted and enrolled in nursing are allowed only one re-admission according to space available. Students wishing to re-enter the A. S. (RN) program in Nursing 1208 or succeeding semesters must enroll within three years of previous enrollment in a nursing course and have above a 2.5 G.P.A. at the time of application. Students re-applying for admission must complete a skills performance competency evaluation. If the student is unsuccessful in their skills competency demonstration, remediation will be required. Specific information regarding readmission, skills evaluation, and the remediation is available by contacting the Nursing Division.
LPN Program Details
The admission process to the Certificate (PN) Nursing Program is selective. Applicants for the Certificate (PN) are chosen using the percentage scores from the Entrance Test and the reference forms. College courses may be accepted towards the PN certificate, evaluation will be done by the Program Director and the Registrar. Math and Science courses cannot be over seven years old at the time of entry into the nursing program. Completion of the secondary Medical Professions courses allows for the waiver of selected PN coursework.
All courses required for the Nursing Program must be completed with a "C" or better. Nursing courses include a theory/classroom grade and a clinical grade. Both components of the course must be passed to progress in the program. Progression in the nursing sequence requires a minimum grade of C in all courses and their pre-requisites/co-requisites. Students who are failing to meet minimum grade requirements may petition the faculty regarding a change in enrollment status to day or evening to allow for continued progression.
The Practical Nurse Program is a fast pace curriculum that requires dedication and time. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing mandates the number of hours for clinical and theory that a PN Program must offer. The student should plan to be in attendance every day and schedule appointments after 3:00 pm or when there is time off from school. (See calendar) If a student has to be absent, then there is a limit on how much time can be missed. Total number of hours missed cannot exceed 65 hours. If hours exceed this total, then the student is terminated from the program. Excused absences will be for court appearances, jury duty, and military service. Special consideration will be given on individual bases for any hospitalization that does not exceed one week.
Students admitted and enrolled in nursing are allowed only one re-admission according to space available. Students wishing to re-enter the Certificate (PN) program must apply as a new applicant. The PN Program Director and Division Chairperson of Nursing will evaluate each student wishing to re-enter before granting permission. The following conditions will prevent re-admission in to the program: an incident of patient endangerment or lack of patient safety.