Information for students that have been accepted into the ARNEC program


Background Check Information

All Accepted applicants must submit their fingerprints for a state and federal criminal background check.

The link below links to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing's website concerning background check requirements.

Criminal Background Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Arkansas Nurse Practice Act; Subchapter 3; Annotated Code 17-87-312 (PDF)

ASBN Licensing Information



Applicants that are selected for admission must notify the ARNEC institution that they will be attending to verify and accept placement. Upon acceptance into the program, the student must provide the following:

  • Current American Heart Association: Healthcare Provider CPR Course

  • TB Health Card

  • Hepatitis B (verification of completion or started) or a Denial Waiver form signed

  • Proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of:

    1. Proof of two vaccines, at least 1 month apart or

    2. varicella antibody titer indicating immunity

  • Proof of current Influenza Vaccination

  • All immunizations must be current upon acceptance and maintained during the program. Other immunizations may be required per facility.

Students selected will receive a letter of acceptance into the program, and will need to provide the admitting institution a written letter stating that they are accepting the invitation and will enroll in the program. This letter can be emailed to the program chair, faxed, or brought to the nursing department in person. If the student chooses to email or fax their letter of acceptance, they should follow up by calling the nursing department to make sure it was received. In the event that the student does not plan to enroll, the student needs to notify the institution so that an alternate student may have the slot. ARNEC will have an alternate list of students in the case of a selected student declining his/her acceptance letter.

Academic Progression

In order to progress in the nursing curriculum, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must maintain a 2.0 “C” (on a 4.0 scale) in all general education and nursing classes, including nursing practicum, to progress to the next semester. Nursing courses require students to achieve at least a 78% (lowest “C” grade) to progress.

  • Students maintain compliance with ARNEC's policies to progress to the next semester or graduate.


Due to differences in nursing curriculum in other nursing programs, ARNEC will not accept transfer credit for previously taken Registered Nursing courses. Students who were enrolled in another program will follow the same requirements and admission procedures as students who have never attended another nursing program.

Advanced Placement of Students

Refer to the Advanced Placement of Students policy in the admitting college’s catalog.

Graduation Policy

Students must have successfully completed all general education courses and all nursing courses with a grade of “C” or better. The student MUST achieve the benchmark score set by ARNEC on the standardized exit exam to complete requirements for the RNSG 2311: NCLEX-RN Preparation course. Upon completion, the student’s status will be submitted to the state board of nursing declaring that the student wishes to sit for the licensing examination.

Due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., unacceptable criminal background check), graduation from the ARNEC LPN/LVN- to- RN Transition Program does NOT automatically enable the student to sit for the NCLEX-RN. This is determined by the state board of nursing that the graduate applies for licensure to.