Practical nursing is an approximate eleven-month (day) or 18-month (night and weekend) program that prepares students for the practice of licensed practical nursing. The ASU-Beebe program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing defines practical nursing as “the performance for compensation of acts involving the care of the ill, injured or infirmed. Furthermore, the State Board defines practical nursing as also the delegation of certain nursing practices to other personnel as set forth in established regulations under the direction of a registered professional nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a licensed physician, or a licensed dentist, which acts do not require the substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge required in professional nursing.
ASU-Beebe graduates should expect to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). After successfully passing the licensure examination, graduates are qualified to seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, and public health departments.