Nursing & Health Sciences

Practical Nursing Program

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 2018 had a state licensure exam pass rate of 96 percent!

SAU Tech is currently developing an LPN to RN transition program under the guidance of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The equipment for the current LPN program and the new program track have been made possible by generous grants from the Arkansas Blue and You Foundation and Perkins Grant funds. SAU also made a gift to help with space improvements for the nursing program.

Sports Science Option

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.

Public Health Option

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 Say…

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“I’ve always wanted to help people & being a nurse provided me with that opportunity. The instructors were very understanding & helpful in helping me reach my goal of becoming a nurse. I enjoyed the time & effort they all provided. SAU Tech’s Nursing program has provided me with the opportunity to give my son a better life!”
Keyana Flint