Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing
associate degree | atu ozark

The Practical Nursing program prepares students for the entry-level of nursing (LPN). It is a 15-month program (three semesters) that meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing by utilizing a combination of theory and clinical skills. The degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Practical Nursing. Students will have a variety of clinical experiences: adult health, medical/surgical, maternal child, mental health, geriatrics and pediatrics. The program theory is based upon the concept of holism, in which the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being is considered. Area hospitals, clinics, long-term care, mental health units, pediatric, adolescent facilities, public schools and correctional facilities are utilized for the clinical experiences.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to submit applications to write the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure.

 

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Nursing skills laboratory
  • Participation in community flu clinics
  • Public school health screenings

Skills You Will Learn

  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Documentation
  • Medication administration
  • Newborn care
  • Patient Teaching
  • Postpartum care
  • Teamwork
  • Vital signs
  • Wound care

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential.Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • LPN at area hospitals
  • LPN at a rehabilitation facility
  • LPN at a doctor's office
  • LPN at a mental health facility

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • Baptist Health
  • Mercy Hospital and Community Clinics
  • Ozark Nursing Home
  • Ozark Public School
  • Valley Behavioral

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN RN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN RN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN RN)

 

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Point of Pride

ATU-Ozark Practical Nursing has a 97.3% pass rate for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam in 2019-2020.

 

 

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Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

March 1: fall-start lpn program application deadline!

october 1: spring-start lpn program application deadline!

 

PROGRAM APPLICATION- PAPER  (instructions, application, and forms to be mailed in or submitted to the office in person)

ONLINE PROGRAM APPLICATION  (please read instructions linked below first)


TEAS TEST INFORMATION

UPCOMING ATU- OZARK CAMPUS TEAS TEST DATES

*Click theTEAS Test Information button above for more info. TEAS tests will be held in the Health Sciences and Wellness building, room 117.
*Open TEAS tests are available for anyone to take; Closed TEAS tests reserve one spot each for program applicants only.
*Program applicants will receive an email with information regarding the Closed TEAS test after the application deadline.

Summer Open TEAS Tests

Friday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Friday, July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How to Create a Student Account for the TEAS Test
How to Register for the TEAS Test

 

The Practical Nursing Department of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus accepts beginning students in August and January of each year. The program consists of three semesters. To meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, the Practical Nursing Program will utilize clinical days of 8-12 hours during certain semesters of the school year.

The Ozark Campus offers a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing (48 hours) and an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health with an option in Practical Nursing. The AAS in Allied Health with an option in Practical Nursing is intended to be a "feeder program" to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at the Ozark Campus, or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Russellville campus. This degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Practical Nursing and does not result in a Registered Nursing credential.

The program requires the students to achieve an average of 80% or above in each of the subject areas and clinical components to successfully complete the program.

The Practical Nursing Program integrates theory with clinical practice. Nursing students have clinical experiences in the following health care service areas: Adult health, maternal child, mental health, geriatrics and pediatrics. Theory is based on the concepts of holism, in which the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being is considered. Area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health units and pediatric and adolescent facilities are utilized for the clinical experiences.

Students enrolled in the program are members of the Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association (ALPNA), taking part in the spring competitive events and fall education workshop. Workshops, conferences and seminars are used to enhance the educational experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to submit an application to write the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure. State and FBI background checks are required by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing when applying to take the licensure exam. Applicants may be denied permission to write based on background check results.

 

ACCREDITATION

The Arkansas Tech University- Ozark Campus Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Address: 1123 S University Ave, Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204), Phone: (501) 686-2700.

 

CONTACT

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6503
alliedhealth@atu.edu

 

Program Faculty

Blaine Snyder
Blaine Snyder

Program Chair

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext 6350
rsnyder2@atu.edu

Tangela Felkins
Tangela Felkins

Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6203
tmelton@atu.edu

Amanda Boen
Amanda Boen
Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR  72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6200
aboen@atu.edu 

Gidget Steele
Gidget Steele

Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6204
dsteele1@atu.edu

Brianna Watkins
Brianna Watkins
Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR  72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6657
bwatkins10@atu.edu

Jason Basinger
Jason Basinger

Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext 6202
jbasinger@atu.edu