The University of Arkansas at Texarkana will offer the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) LPN/LVN-to-RN transition program beginning in the spring 2017 semester.

ARNEC is a cooperative effort of eight, two-year colleges that joined together to offer the program.  The 12-month program combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences and is designed to meet the needs of working LPNs, LPTNs, or LVNs and meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, which prepares them to take the NCLEX-RN (Registered Nurse licensing examination).

“Many Practical Nurses want to advance their careers by becoming RNs and there is a shortage of RNs in the state’s rural areas, but most LPNs cannot stop working to travel to colleges with an RN program,” according to ARNEC. UofA Hope-Texarkana Vice Chancellor for Academics Laura Clark said.

“We are excited to offer this program which helps LPNs who want to become RNs meet this need close to home.”

The transition program courses are offered via a new and innovative approach using real-time interactive web technology. The courses will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30–8:30PM at the UofA Texarkana campus and most clinical time will take place on weekends and evenings.  Interested students should contact an advisor to enroll in any needed pre-requisite courses.

For more information please visit www.arnec.org or call the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana at 870-722-8289.