Ozark Catalog
Technical Certificates
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of General Studies

Registered Nursing

Program Chair
Theresa Fontaine
Technology and Academic Support Bldg.
(479) 508-3373

Lesley Snider

Registered Nursing

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS-RN) prepares a graduate to function as an entry level registered nurse, providing direct care to persons as individuals and as members of a family or group. The curriculum is designed to prepare the person for registered nursing practice, to be competent, self-directed, and capable of demonstrating leadership in the application of the nursing process in a variety of healthcare settings.

This program is designed for persons who are already licensed practical nurses (LPN) and wish to pursue their AAS-RN degree. Because they are already licensed, many of them are also already employed. This program of study is designed to provide greater flexibility by offering half of the nursing theory courses online, and half of the nursing theory courses in classroom lectures, giving the students an option to continue working while pursuing this degree.

This program provides a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing - which allows them to sit for the Registered Nursing examination, the NCLEX-RN. The program is also designed to provide a transition from LPN to AAS-RN, thereby allowing students to transfer seamlessly to the online BSN-RN program currently in place at Arkansas Tech University Russellville campus.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states you have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access the information at http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/lawsRules/Pages/nursePracticeAct.aspx

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Registered Nursing program, students must complete a platform of 37 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Registered Nursing program.

Students who speak English as a second language shall meet the same admission requirements.

In order to be considered for admission to the Registered Nursing program, each student must meet the following criteria:

The mission of the registered nursing program is to provide an intellectual climate that fosters the development of critical thinking to prepare a graduate who is professional, caring, competent, and self-directed in providing therapeutic nursing intervention and demonstrates an interest in life-long learning, as well as to assist the student to achieve personal and professional goals regardless of cultural, racial, or ethnic background.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Curriculum in Registered Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree
(67 Semester Credit Hours)

The A.A.S. in Registered Nursing is intended to be a "feeder program" to the BSN program at the Russellville campus. This degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Registered Nursing which results in an RN credential.

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
1st Semester - Fall
BIOL 2404
BIOL 2014
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy
BST 1303
COMS 1003
COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
Microcomputer Applications
CHEM 1111
CHEM 1113
Survey of Chemistry Lab
A Survey of Chemistry
(CHEM 1111 and 1113 offered Summer I)
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
MATH 1113 College Algebra 3
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 20
2nd Semester - Spring
BIOL 2414
BIOL 3074
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Physiology
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
BIOL 3054
BIOL 2054
Microbiology for Health Sciences
(offered Summer II)
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology 3
PSY 3813 Lifespan Development 3
Total 17
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the RN courses below.  
3rd Semester - Fall
RN 2112 Pharmacology I 2
RN 2113 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3
RN 2115 Practicum for Registered Nursing I
(co-requisite: RN 2116)
RN 2116 Theories and Concepts for Registered Nursing I
(co-requisite: RN 2115)
Total 16
4th Semester - Spring
RN 2211 Nutrition 1
RN 2212 Pharmacology II 2
RN 2215 Practicum for Registered Nursing II
(prerequisite: RN 2115)
(co-requisite: RN 2216)
RN 2216 Theories and Concepts for Registered Nursing II
(prerequisite: RN 2116)
(co-requisite: RN 2215)
Total 14