Approved by Arkansas State Board of Nursing
The Health Sciences Division offers an LPN/Paramedic to RN Program. LPN/Paramedic students must bring prior knowledge to this program to be successful. This program is open to students who are pending licensure as a Practical Nurse, *Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or *Paramedics who have completed the 14 hours of prerequisite curriculum with a grade of “C” or better in each course. The 13 credit hours of co-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before the beginning of the last semester. This 12-month program admits 50 students each January and May and classes are held in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Classes meet twice a week with clinical on Saturday and Sunday every other weekend. Class size is limited and not all applicants are accepted for admission into the program. Upon completion of this program the individual will be able to apply for licensure and sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for RN (NCLEX-RN). Random drug screening may be utilized at any time during the course of the program. If any clinical site denies student access for any reason, the student will not be allowed to progress through the program. All students accepted into the nursing program will be required to have state and national criminal background checks and will pay all associated fees. Conviction of certain crimes may make the applicant ineligible to attend certain clinical sites. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) may refuse to issue or shall revoke the license of any person who is found guilty of or pleads guilty of or nolo contendere to any offense listed in 17-87-312 of the Act 1208 of 1999 (visit the ASBN website for additional information). The ASBN requires an additional background check at the time you register to take the national licensure exam.
*LPN must be an Arkansas resident or may have Compact state’s license, but must endorse into Arkansas within 30 days of their change in residence and Paramedic’s must have national registry to enroll into the nursing program. Both must maintain unencumbered licensure during program length.
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COTO does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, culture, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, citizenship status, physical or mental handicap, or disability. Applicants with special needs due to disability must make this fact known prior to admission, so that necessary accommodations can be made. Because of the nature of the profession it may not always be possible to accommodate students with severe disabilities.
The Entrance Exam scores will determine acceptance into the nursing program.