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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing- Female in white scrubs with a blue stethoscope around her neck

The Practical Nursing Program’s mission is to prepare PNs who are competent to function as members of healthcare teams in acute care settings, long term care facilities, and community clinics. 

 Career Opportunities    Annual Salary

Become a highly-trained healthcare professional! Learn from personable, professional instructors with real-life medial experience who will share their secrets to success in this growing career field. The Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing prepares students for a variety of positions in the health care industry. In less than two-years you'll learn how to:

  • Record patient medical histories
  • Administer intravenous medications
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment
  • Supervise patient care personnel
  • Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments

Arkansas Median Salary: $37,750

National Median Salary: $45,030

10 Year Projected Employment Demand: 14% Increase

*Bureau of Labor Statistics accessed through  



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EACC Mission: We provide affordable, accessible learning opportunities to promote student success and strengthen our community.

Program Credential Credits to Credential Program Documents Program Cost

Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing


TC PN Program of Study

Practical Nursing Clinical Handbook


*Approximate cost of the program for in-county residents.

*The Practical Nursing program at East Arkansas Community College is approved through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Discipline Outcome
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 1 Communicate with the patient, the patient’s family, and other health care workers using therapeutic communication skills.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 2 Utilize the Nursing Process to plan and give care to the patient throughout his/her life span.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 3 Practice cultural differences when planning care for the patient.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 4 Demonstrate basic knowledge and basic nursing skills to safely give care to patients.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 5 Practice within the framework of the Nurse Practice Act for the practical nurse.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 6 Seek out opportunities for increased knowledge to meet lifelong learning goals in the field of nursing.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 7 Implement teaching based on identified learning needs of the patient.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 8 Utilize knowledge gained to meet the community’s nursing needs.
Practical Nursing Graduate Competency 9 Delegate care to unlicensed assistive personnel.

EACC's Core Competencies- Communicate, Think, Connect, and Achieve

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Interested in Learning More? Contact one of our Admission Staff at the Hodges Student Services Complex, at (870)-633-4480 Ext. 335.  Photo of campus north facade



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