Technical Certificates in

Nursing (PN)

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Helena-West Helena
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TC Practical Nursing Program of Study Form pdf 117 KB

The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare qualified individuals to meet community nursing needs and perform those functions which are recognized as being within the scope of practical nursing and where the skill of registered nurses is not required.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves the Practical Nursing Program. Graduates are eligible to submit an application to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Applicants should be aware that violation of any federal, state, or local drug law or conviction of a crime might preclude licensure as a practical nurse. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a state and federal criminal background check before processing an application for initial licensure. Graduation from the Practical 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 the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act (pdf). Clinical facilities also may require a criminal background check and/or drug test as a condition of clinical practice in the respective facility. Any student denied access to a clinical facility because of the individual’s background must withdraw from the clinical and required co-requisite nursing course(s). The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ARSBN) can 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:

PN Program Information

Course Requirements

  • Pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before making application to the PN program.
  • PN courses must be taken in sequence prescribed above.
  • Once a student enrolls in the PN program, if the student is unsuccessful in any PN course, the student does not have the option to use a general education course in lieu of a required PN course to satisfy degree requirements.
  • The student must pass a Math Competency Exam with a minimum grade of 90 before enrolling in a second level nursing course.
  • Students taking developmental level courses before enrolling in the PN program are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology I and II. 

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