ARNEC is a consortium of eight community and technical colleges located in rural areas of Arkansas.
ARNEC was created to provide LPN's/LVN's with the opportunity to take the next step towards advancing their careers in nursing by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, which prepares them to sit for the RN licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN.
Many LPN's/ LVN's have not taken this step because they were not able to stop working and travel to colleges that offered Registered Nurse (RN) completion programs. ARNEC was created to help rural nurses meet this need. ARNEC provides a way for Arkansas’ higher education institutions to serve LPN's/ LVN's who want to become RN's without leaving the communities in which they live and work .