Practical Nursing Program Nets High Ranking

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton practical nursing program is ranked among the best in the state by practicalnursing.org 2020 list.

The program, which trains students to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist, ranked at ninth statewide. Students learn under a curriculum that blends classroom and clinical experiences, where they spend a portion of the program in healthcare facilities.

“We are excited to be ranked as one of the top PN programs in the state, especially since entrance into the UACCM program is competitive,” said Darrell Moore, dean of health professions and natural sciences. “Once accepted into the PN program, everyone works together to ensure student success. During the 2015 - 2019 time period, 221 of 230 PN students testing for licensure passed on their first attempt at the NCLEX-PN. We are also working constantly to improve our 96% first attempt pass rate over this time period.”

The impact of UACCM’s practical nursing program in the workforce is reflected across the region, as graduates work at healthcare facilities—such as hospitals, clinics, home health care, and public schools—to fulfill Arkansas’s healthcare needs.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arkansas is in dire need of more practical nurses, predicting an 11 percent increase in LPN employment through 2028. Practicalnursing.org school ranking methodology categorizes and assesses NCLEX-PN pass rates.

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