UACCB RN Program Partners with Arkansas Tech

BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced plans to partner with Arkansas Tech University (ATU) to assist UACCB registered nurse (RN) graduates in completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Students will be offered an online degree in an effort to increase the number of BSN-credentialed registered nurses in the State of Arkansas. The program will be a web-based format with clinical experience in the students' home communities. Only a minimum amount of time on the ATU campus will be required for incoming students.

Rebecca King, UACCB Division Director for Nursing and Allied Health, states, "The administrators of UACCB and ATU have worked tirelessly to make this program possible for our graduates. We believe the memorandum of understanding with ATU provides our graduates with the opportunity to seamlessly articulate to the BSN level. Graduates are able to complete the Associates of Applied Science in Registered Nursing in December at UACCB, and begin the BSN program at ATU the following January, making it possible for our students to complete the BSN within one year of graduating from UACCB."

UACCB RN faculty member Marietta Candler states she is "…pleased to be a part of this milestone in the continuing education of our RN students. I have looked forward to the day we could tell incoming students we have 2+2 partnerships in place to make the transition of becoming a BSN or MSN easier and more convenient.  It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Rebecca Burris from ATU. We have formed a good working relationship with ATU and know the students will benefit in the future from this partnership."

The RN program at UACCB is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC).  For calendar year 2013, UACCB RN students had the highest pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) of all RN programs in the state of Arkansas.  For more information contact the UACCB Division of Nursing and Allied Health at 870-612-2071.