Level II: LPN/Paramedic to RN Option

Program Description:

This program is intended to enable the LPN who holds a current license to transition to the Registered Nurse role within a minimum period of time without duplication of course content and credits. Graduates are eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Application Procedures and Deadline

The LPN/Paramedic to RN program is currently in a teach-out phase and is not open to new students. The program will close in December 2024.


Advisors are available to aid students in course selection and future planning.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete all SEARK College Admission Requirements.
  2. Graduate from a State Board approved Practical Nursing or Paramedic program.
  3. Hold a current unencumbered Arkansas LPN or  Paramedic license.
  4. Current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification
  5. Provide one or all of the following test scores:
    • Accuplacer Reading score of  at least 75
    • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading score of at least 250
    • ACT Reading score of at least 19
    • COMPASS Reading score of at least 83 OR
    • Completion of a course in developmental reading with a letter grade of C or better.Completion of all pre-admission requirement courses. 
  6. Possess a 2.5 Grade Point Average.
  7. Provide transcripts from all colleges and/or schools attended. 
  8. Transfer students must present a letter of good standing from previous nursing program director.
  9. Complete a Division of Nursing & Allied Health Application form and submit to the Division of Nursing & Allied Health prior to the application deadline date.
  10. Completion of the required nursing program entrance exam (TEAS) exam with a composite score of at least 55.
  11. Provide evidence of recent satisfactory work experience.

The above information must be submitted to:

Southeast Arkansas College
Nursing & Allied Health Division
Attn: Registered Nursing-LPN/Paramedic to RN
1900 Hazel Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603

Financial Aid

For students who qualify, financial aid consists of funds made available from federal, state, and local sources. Scholarships, grants, loans, and Veteran's benefits are all available to qualified students.


Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 


The Nursing program has conditional approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing; 1123 S. University Ave. Ste. #800, Little Rock, AR 72204; (501) 686-2786.

For More Information, Contact:

Nursing & Allied Health Division
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel St Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 543-5917

Application Packet
Expense Sheet (pdf)
Student Handbook (pdf)
Criminal background checks 
Licensing restrictions based on criminal records

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