The University of Arkansas at Texarkana will offer an evening Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program beginning in the spring 2016 semester. The LPN program is a full-time, 11 month, selective admission program leading to a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing. It prepares students for licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program meets the requirements for accreditation by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Licensed practical nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPN’s and LVN’s will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.”
“We are striving to provide our students with programs they need to attain good jobs and to offer those programs at the times they need them,” said UofA Hope-Texarkana Vice Chancellor for Academics Laura Clark. Clark continued, “The evening LPN program allows a unique option in Texarkana for those who cannot attend class during the day due to work or other obligations.”
Applications for the program will be accepted from August 1 through November 1, 2016. Accepted applicants will begin the program in January 2017. Interested students should contact an advisor today for admission criteria or to enroll in any needed pre-requisite courses.
For more information, please call the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Health Professions Department at 870-722-8289.
Pictured: UofA Hope-Texarkana LPN instructor Cyndi Graham (left) instructing patient care with 2016 UofA Hope-Texarkana LPN graduate Taylor Blevins (right) in the UofA Texarkana Nursing Simulation Lab.