Nursing & Health Sciences

Southern Arkansas University Tech's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The program is offered once per year, is 11 months in length and combines classroom instruction with skills lab, simulation labs, and clinical practicum experience to prepare students for the licensure exam and for a successful and rewarding career in nursing. Graduates of the program earn a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). SAU Tech's Nursing Graduates for 2019 had a state licensure exam pass rate of 100 percent!

Pending Higher Learning Commission Approval, SAU Tech will begin offering the AAS in Registered Nursing in summer of 2020. Southern Arkansas University Tech’s Nursing Programs are fully approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Our LPN/Paramedic to RN Program will offer an accelerated path for LPNs and paramedics to use their education and experience to further their degrees. This degree program will prepare graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to function as a Registered Nurse. This will be an 11-month program that incorporates classroom instruction, online education, and clinical experiences which will prepare graduates to practice in entry-level RN positions in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient, outpatient, long-term, or community-based nursing.

This degree option is designed to provide the student with comprehensive general education and pre-health courses to satisfy entry-level eligibility requirements into health-related programs at Southern Arkansas University and other Arkansas colleges. Students planning to transfer should consult an academic advisor at the selected transfer college regarding admission procedures and course requirements.

The AAS Health Science degree with the Sports Science Option is designed to provide the student with comprehensive general education and pre-health courses to satisfy entry-level eligibility requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Southern Arkansas University and other Arkansas colleges. Students planning to transfer should consult an academic advisor at the selected transfer college regarding admission procedures and course requirements.

This degree program will prepare students to assist pharmacists with dispensing information and processing prescriptions. Most states and employers require pharmacy technicians to be certified/registered with an official board of pharmacy. Many pharmacy technician job openings prefer individuals who are currently enrolled in a pharmacy technician school or are already certified.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Phlebotomy will prepare students for entry-level positions as phlebotomists in healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, clinics, physician practices).

The AAS Health Sciences Public Health degree option is designed to incorporate the disciplines and general education requirements for completion of a four-year degree in public health. Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. With a four-degree in public health, students are ready to fill a variety of entry-level positions in government and non-government agencies, health care and community organizations in such positions as community health educator, disease intervention specialist, health unit administrator, care plan coordinator, environmental health specialist, emergency health planner, and epidemiologist. Take steps toward a career in public health by complete this AAS degree at SAU Tech and transferring to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Our Students

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“My name is Heather Jones. I graduated in 2016 from the SAU Tech PN program. After graduation, I worked at a long-term care facility in East Texas before moving back home and working at an urgent care facility. Eventually, I left urgent care to return to my love for geriatric nursing at Silver Oaks Health & Rehab. However, due to the COVID-19 Virus, I recently resigned from my full-time position at Silver Oaks to go help work the front lines in New York. I became a nurse because my calling is to help others, so when I saw the need in New York, I knew this is where I was supposed to be. I’m at a long term acute care hospital with a 304-bed capacity, five floors, and two units on each floor. Tonight’s shift will make my first week here, and each shift I go into work as an LPN, I’m moved from one unit to another within the shift to cover the needs of our patients. The patients are very ill, and although it is a frightening time, I am thankful I can help. I absolutely love what I do as a nurse, and I plan to continue my education with SAU Tech in the Fall to complete my RN. ”
Heather Jones