John Brown University and the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium signed a memorandum of understanding last week to increase opportunities for students to advance their careers without leaving their communities.
The partnership creates a seamless path for nursing students to earn an associate's degree from an institution within the ARNEC consortium and then complete their bachelor's degree at JBU, through JBU's online RN to BSN Program.
The consortium includes Arkansas State University-Newport, Black River Technical College, Cossatot Community College, Ozarka College, South Arkansas Community College, University of Arkansas Hope/Texarkana, University of Arkansas Morrilton and University of Arkansas Rich Mountain.
Through ARNEC, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses in Arkansas can earn an associate of applied science in nursing degree with enough flexibility to work full time.
JBU's RN to BSN program equips students for management roles in the nursing industry and for graduate studies to pursue additional training opportunities leading to independent practice roles such as nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.
Students who graduate with an ARNEC designated degree or from an ARNEC designated program, complete ARNEC's designated program courses and hold a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible for admission at JBU under the terms of this agreement.