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Application Process for Nursing Programs

Thursday, May 23, 2024

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The upcoming application requirements, beginning January 15, 2024, have been updated with the following information:

ENGL 1311 English Comp I
MATH 1302 College Algebra OR MATH 1300 Mathematical Reasoning
BIOL 1304/1104 Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR BIOL 1303/1103 Structure and Function of the Human Body
HIMT 1301 Medical Terminology

Prerequisite or Co-requisite:
BIOL 1305/1105 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HLSC 2300 Nutrition will be considered for education points.

Requirements: Students applying must be 18 years old, graduated high school or have passed the GED test, and a 2.0 GPA (grade point average). A criminal background check and a drug screening test (both tests must clear) will be required before enrollment into any of the nursing programs. Students are subject to drug screenings throughout their enrollment in any of the nursing programs.

Students who speak English as a second language shall meet the same admission criteria as other students and shall pass an English proficiency examination.

NOTE: The English scores submitted must be current with the credentialing agency. The Board accepts any one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 560 on the paper examination; 220 for the computerized examination; or, internet based test (iBT) score of 83 with a minimum speaking score of 26.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module with a score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in any one module.
  • The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 55 overall with no subscores lower than 50 in each scored part.
  • The Occupational English Test (OET) with a score of C+ or above in each subtest and overall score of 300 or more on a single test. NOTE: At-home or remotely proctored tests are not accepted.

Application Process:

Step 1:

  • All students should complete the Nursing Application. Admission to the college does not constitute admission into any of the nursing programs. 
  • Set up an advising appointment, call (501) 812-2745.
  • Submit a copy of ALL medical certifications [email protected].
  • Provide official transcripts from all transferring institutions.
  • Provide proof of two (2) MMRs (measles, mumps, rubella) for students born after January 1, 1957.

Step 2:

  • If you have never attended College or if you have minimal college hours, please submit ACT or Accuplacer scores that are less than five years old. All required developmental course(s) must be completed before admission to any of the nursing programs.

Step 3:

The UA-PTC Practical Nursing Program requires each student to complete the entrance exam (NEX Practical Nursing Pre-Admission Exam).

NEX Practical Nursing Pre-Admission Exam Score Requirements:

Composite score requirement: 138
Verbal: 32
Math: 24
Science: 34

All of the above documentation, including proof of required development coursework, must be submitted for an applicant to be accepted to the program.

Nursing Admissions Point System

Nursing students will be selected for enrollment by a point system, based on the following criteria: a completed application, advanced coursework, medical certifications, and the entrance exam.

Education points

Official college transcripts must be included in the practical nursing admission packet showing a grade of “C” or better to receive points. Quality points are calculated based on the student's grades in the following courses:

ENGL1311 Comp I
ENGL 1312 Comp II
CIS 1103 Computer Information Systems
PSYC 2300 Psychology
SOCI 2300 Sociology
MATH 1302 College Algebra
BIOL1304 A&P I
BIOL 1104 A&P I Lab
BIOL 1305 A&P II
BIOL 1105 A&P II Lab
BIOL 2301 Microbiology
BIOL 2101 Micro Lab
CHEM 1303 Fund. Chem
CHEM 1103 Fund. Chem Lab
CHEM 1305 Gen. Chem I
CHEM 1105 Gen. Chem I Lab
CHEM 1306 Gen. Chem II
CHEM 1106 Gen Chem II Lab
HIMT 1301 Medical Terminology
HLSC 2300 Nutrition

Official transcripts and certifications are required from each certification course, college, or university attended. Students who have certifications as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, EMT, and/or Paramedic will receive five (5) points for each certification.

If for any reason the first group of students selected do not return in writing intent to register for the Fall term and complete all admission requirements in the time allotted, alternates having met admission criteria in the time allotted are contacted using the same point system.