Admission into the lower-division courses is open to any student meeting ATU's admission requirements. Applications to ATU are available in the Office of Admissions (website listed above). Original Transcripts are to be mailed to Admissions and a copy to the Nursing Department. See the Arkansas Tech University Catalog for additional information.
Admission to the upper-division nursing courses is competitive and subject to evaluation by the Nursing Department's Admission and Progression Committee. The Admission and Progression Committee reviews the applicant's record and makes recommendations regarding the student's admission into the Nursing Program. Students are considered for admission during the semester preceding the semester in which they plan to enter the nursing courses. All transcripts and credentials must be submitted to the Department of Nursing by March 1st for students applying for admission to Upper Division Nursing for the Fall semester or October 1st for the Spring semester. Students applying after these dates will be considered as space and resources permit. Students will be assisted through this process by their academic advisor. NOTE: If not currently enrolled at ATU, an Admissions application must be completed (website listed above).
Minimum requirements - see Arkansas Tech University Catalog
These courses are part of the general education curriculum required for all graduates of ATU. Further information about these requirements can be found in the ATU catalog. Students should work closely with their advisors to determine the selection of courses.
The Admission and Progression Committee uses the following criteria to rank applicants for admission to upper division nursing courses. These criteria utilize existing admission policies.
Applicants will be ranked in groups and the criteria for selection of upper division students are as follows:
For students desiring entry to Spring Upper Division Nursing (Level 0):
For students desiring entry to Fall semester Upper Division Nursing (Level 0):
The student must have completed a minimum of 48 hours of required prerequisite courses and have a GPA ≥ 3.0.
Any student that fails an Upper Division nursing course (with the exception of nursing electives), withdraws, or has a break in enrollment must reapply for progression in the nursing program by June 30, for readmission to the fall semester, or January 5, for readmission to the spring semester. To reapply, the student must complete “Reapplication to Upper Division” form and submit a letter of intent addressing reasons for past failure and a plan of action to enhance future success within the nursing program. The reapplicant must also submit a letter of recommendation from a nursing faculty member. Reapplication will be based on the availability of positions within the repeating level, letter of intent and current GPA. Should several students reapply for the same level and there are a limited number of positions, GPA ranking, in conjunction with their letter of intent will guide the committee decision-making process.
The professional nurse must possess the knowledge and ability to effectively assess his or her patient's biophysical, psychological, social, cultural, and intellectual domains. Further, the professional nurse must competently analyze the assessment data through critical thinking to arrive at a definition of the patient's status or problem, plan independently or collaboratively for a full range of therapeutic interventions, execute all or part of the plans through nursing acts, and evaluate the care delivered and the patient's responses to it.
A candidate for professional nursing must have the abilities and skills necessary for use of the nursing process (scientific decision-making process). These skills and abilities include: observation; communication; motor ability; conceptualization; integration and quantification; and behavioral/social acceptability. Technological accommodation can be made for some disabilities in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable, in that a candidate's judgement must not be mediated by someone else's power of observation and selection.
The following abilities and skills are necessary to meet the requirements of the curriculum:
Current certification of Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation of adult, child and infant as taught by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association is a requirement for entry into upper division nursing classes. A copy of the CPR card must be received in the Nursing Department prior to beginning nursing courses. The card shall be current and suffice for that entire year of courses. Students must recertify before entering the senior year.Students are required to have professional liability insurance of $1,000,000. This is at the student's own expense. For improved coverage at the lowest possible cost Mercer Health & Benefits was chosen to provide blanket coverage for *$13.00 per student per year. Payment for the student policy must be made at the Student Accounts office in the Doc Bryan Student Center on the dates listed below. Please be sure to submit a copy of your receipt for the blanket coverage insurance or a copy of your individual professional liability insurance policy with evidence that you are covered as a nursing student with the completed Admission/Required Documentation Packet.
Students who have completed NUR 2023/NUR 3103 in the Spring Term payments must be made between July 5 and August 1st. Payment will be refused before July 4. Insurance must be paid by August 1.
Students who are enrolled for NUR 2023/NUR 3103 in the Fall Term payments must be made between November 1 and December 1. Insurance must be paid by December 1.
Note for Level III Students: Insurance expires after one year. Must be renewed before Level III clinicals - see dates above.
*Price subject to change.Proof of Licensure for RNs and LPNs
Hepatitis B Vaccine