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RN Generic

Program Description:

This program is intended to provide a beginning point for individuals seeking upward mobility or who aspire to become a registered nurse. The program is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills required to be successful on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Application Procedures and Deadline

Classes are admitted once a year in August. Class size is limited; and all applicants are not accepted for participation.

All applicants will have an equal opportunity for program acceptance regardless of race, age, disability, sex, creed, religion, or nationality.  
Applicants with special needs due to disability must make this fact known prior to admission, so that necessary accommodations can be made.  Because of the nature of the profession, it may not always be possible to accommodate students with severe disabilities. Please refer to Functional Ability Requirements.

Application Deadline:  2nd Friday in January

Acceptance Procedure

Applicants that are selected for admission must notify the nursing division of intent to register by picking up an acceptance packet within the allotted time. It is the students’ responsibility to submit all documents required for acceptance to the Nursing Department. Upon acceptance into the program students must submit evidence of the following in order to begin classes:

  1. Signed Functional Ability Acknowledgement Form.
  2. Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK Vaccination Waiver Claim Form.
  3. Drug Screen.
  4. Criminal Background check.
  5. P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray.

All students accepted must have a criminal background check. The drug Screen & Background check will be required through a Clinical Credentialing Agency. Students are responsible for any fees associated with the Background check. After acceptance to the program this must be completed prior to beginning classes.

Students enrolled in Allied Health programs with a clinical component will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.

NOTE: Random drug screening may be utilized for cause at any time during the course of the program at the student’s expense.


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

Admission Requirements

  1. High School Diploma (or GED Equivalency)
  2. Complete all SEARK College Admission Requirements.
  3. Current unencumbered Arkansas Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 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.
  6. Completion of all pre-admission requirement courses.
  7. Possess a 2.5 Grade Point Average.
  8. Provide transcripts from all colleges and/or schools attended.
  9. Transfer students must present a Letter of Good Standing from previous nursing program director.
  10. Complete a Division of Nursing & Allied Health Application form and submit to the Division of Nursing & Allied Health prior to the application deadline date. 
  11. Completion of the required nursing program entrance exam TEAS exam with a composite score of at least 55.

The above information must be submitted to:

Southeast Arkansas College

Nursing & Allied Health Division

Attn:  Registered Nursing - Generic

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 Registered Nurse Program – Generic RN Option has Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause, by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peach Tree Rd. NE. Ste. 1400: Atlanta GA, 30326: (404) 975-5000:


The Generic RN Option 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

Program Brochure(pdf)
Application Packet
Expense Sheet(pdf)
Student Handbook(pdf)
Program Outcomes and Assessment (PDF)
Criminal background checks 
Licensing restrictions based on criminal records

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