The Practical Nursing Program is an eleven-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Students successfully completing the Practical Nursing Course are awarded a Technical Certificate. After graduation, students may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing. Persons convicted of a crime may not be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a practical nurse. See the program chairperson for further details. The Practical Nursing Program has been granted full approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
The Rich Mountain Community College Practical Nursing Program endeavors to develop a practical nurse who
- Is trustworthy, empathetic, reliable, functions well with others, and responsible for his/her own actions. e.g. Patients' personal problems are not discussed with others. Student uses knowledge to follow physician's orders.
- Possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide nursing care to people with commonly occurring nursing problems. e.g. Remembers material studied in order to help patients and doctors.
- Assists the registered nurse and physician with care of the patient who has more complex needs. e.g. Applies knowledge learned moving patients, I.V.'s, etc.
- Applies knowledge of scientific principles, to insure adequacy in following instructions, and to exercise good judgment within the scope of practical nursing. e.g. Knows how to perform tests and procedures accurately, and decides whether patient is able to withstand the procedures.
- Communicates well with patients, their families, and other health team members. e.g. Is tactful with questions from patients and families yet gives a sound description of problems to health team members.
- Can observe, report, and record pertinent signs and symptoms. e.g. Notices good and bad changes in patients and records and reports them promptly.
- Contributes positively to alleviating community health problems. e.g. Makes people more aware of ways to prevent health problems by holding seminars and workshops for the public.
- Will be capable of passing the NCLEX-PN (licensure exam) and becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Recognizes the need for continued education according to individual interest, aptitudes, and abilities.
e.g. Learns through observing RN's and physicians on the job, personal experience, and attending seminars.
Students must apply in person and provide the following information:
- Submit to the Registrar's Office
- RMCC Application for Admission
- High School Transcript or copy of GED
- College Transcripts from all colleges attended
- Proof of Measles/Rubella Immunization (if born after January 1, 1957)
- ACT, COMPASS or ASSET scores (previous scores may be used or ASSET may be retaken)
- Submit to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office
- Practical Nursing Admission Application
- Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) test results*
- ACT, COMPASS or ASSET scores
*The PSB exam will be scheduled at designated times and administered by the RMCC Testing Center.
*To graduate, a minimum grade of C is required in each Practical Nursing course..