Registered Nursing Transitions to Independent Program

This image shows 4 nurses in a medical setting working on a mannequin patient.

The Registered Nursing program at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is making big steps towards improving and growing. Beginning in January 2023, Registered Nursing will transition from consortium membership to an in-house program taught exclusively by UACCM faculty.  The program has the prerequisite and initial approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), and will receive full approval and licensure from ASBN before the 2023 class graduates. 

“UACCM has grown and is now ready to offer its own RN program,” said Darrell Moore, Dean of Health Professions and Natural Sciences. “UACCM sees this program offering as an opportunity to better serve our students as one in a group of up to 48 UACCM students, rather than one of 300-plus in the consortium.”

This transformation will have several benefits for incoming RN students. Having local, UACCM faculty will allow students to have face-to-face instruction and more interaction with educators, as opposed to consortium instruction that serves several campuses around the state. The in-house RN program will also make for a seamless transition for UACCM Licensed Practical Nursing students, allowing them to complete their associate degree in Registered Nursing in one calendar year. To fill the needs of a growing faculty team, a Director of Registered Nursing and instructors will be recruited.

The application period to start January 2023 for Registered Nursing will begin March 1, 2022 and close August 31, 2022. To apply for the program, applicants must have already completed an LPN, LPTN, or LVN program. Students completing the associate degree in Nursing are eligible to petition the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. For more about Registered Nursing at UACCM, visit 


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