Practical Nursing (PN)
The Practice Nursing (PN) Program has a long history of offering a quality program in an atmosphere that is learner-centered and future oriented. We hope this site is helpful to you in gaining information about our program. Please let us know how we can help you reach your goals!
Practical Nursing Program Technical Certificate
The PN Program at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) grants a technical certificate upon completion of the program of study. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Admission into the Practical Nursing Program is competitive. Students accepted into this program receive their education through classroom learning and clinical experiences. The PN Program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).
Note: The application process for PN licensure requires a state & federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the ASBN to write the licensure exam to become a license practical nurse.
PN Handbook 2014-15
The mission of the UAFS Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing is consistent with the mission of UAFS (UAFS Academic Catalog) by its design and program outcomes. The nursing education program challenges students to think critically in an environment that facilitates educational mobility, personal growth, and a pattern of life-long learning. The nursing education programs alos challenge students to use evidence-based practice guidelines in the environment in which nursing is being provided.
PN Mission Statement
The mission of the PN Program is to provide a high quality certificate program for the western Arkansas service area, to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes essential for practical nursing practice and to pass the NCLEX-PN.
- To prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary to function as licensed practical nurses, under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists, in a variety of settings;
- To prepare individuals to sit for the NCLEX-PN; and
- To engage in lifelong learning.
The Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing at UAFS offers a technical certificate in practical nursing that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences in the care of clients at local health care facilities. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The PN Program is approved by the ASBN.
Program Learning Outcomes
The UAFS PN Program graduate will:
- Assessment and Intervention: Apply the nursing process and implement holistic care for clients in all clinical settings.
- Communication Skills: Utilize therapeutic communications skills with clients in all clinical settings.
- Critical Thinking Skills: Base nursing care decisions on appropriate policies and procedures, evidence-based practice guidelines, and theoretical concepts.
- Human Caring and Relationship Skills: Promote compassionate health care in the clinical setting to those clients in all clinical settings.
- Teaching Skills: Educate clients and families on a level effective for knowledge and development of the learners.
- Management Skills: Coordinate quality care as defined by the American Nurses Association Standard of Nursing Practice for those clients in all clinical settings.
- Leadership Skills: Demonstrate professional nursing care using concepts from American Nurses Association Code for Nurses and the Nurse Practice Act for those clients in all clinical settings.
- Knowledge Integration Skills: Incorporate knowledge and skills when providing care for those clients in all clinical settings.
- Lori Jones, Advising Coordinator, 479-788-7841, Lori.Jones@uafs.edu